Howth Yacht Club's Eve McMahon Secures Olympic Berth for Ireland in Sailing

10 January 2024
Howth Yacht Club's Eve McMahon Secures Olympic Berth for Ireland in Sailing

Dublin, Ireland – Howth Yacht Club is thrilled to announce that our very own Eve McMahon has successfully secured a place for Ireland at the 2024 Paris Olympics in the Women's ILCA6 sailing class. This remarkable achievement was confirmed following Eve's outstanding performance at the ILCA6 World Championships in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

At just 19 years old, Eve has demonstrated exceptional skill and determination, ensuring Ireland's representation in this highly competitive event. Her qualification not only highlights her personal dedication but also marks a significant milestone for Irish sailing, as Ireland has now qualified for three sailing classes at the upcoming Games - The first qualification was by Finn Lynch, National Yacht Club for the ILCA 7 class with the second qualification coming from Eve's clubmates Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove in the 49er class.

A Message from Howth Yacht Club

As Eve's home club, we at Howth Yacht Club couldn't be prouder of her accomplishment.

"Eve's journey from the youth ranks to the pinnacle of Olympic qualification is a testament to her hard work, resilience, and immense talent. She is an inspiration to all our members and the entire sailing community in Ireland," says Neil Murphy, HYC Commodore.

"We extend our heartiest congratulations to Eve and look forward to supporting her as she prepares to represent Ireland on the world's biggest sporting stage."

Eve McMahon's Road to Paris 2024

Eve's path to Olympic qualification was not without its challenges. At the ILCA6 World Championships in Argentina, she faced intense competition and overcame a significant setback on the penultimate day when she suffered a broken tiller extension. Despite this, Eve is expected to qualify in second place of the seven-nation spots, a feat made even more impressive considering this was only her second attempt at Olympic qualification. Official confirmation  of this result is expected after the event concludes later today.  As the sole Irish contender in the class at senior level, McMahon's name will be submitted by Irish Sailing to the Olympic Federation of Ireland for inclusion in the Olympic team for Paris 2024.

Her success in Argentina follows a remarkable year, where she won the Under 21 world championship title in the ILCA6 class having secured three Gold medals in 2022.  Eve's dedication and skill have been evident since her youth career, and her transition to senior level competition has been nothing short of spectacular.

Looking Back: An Exclusive Interview with Eve McMahon

Recently, Howth Yacht Club had the privilege of interviewing Eve before her departure to Argentina. In our recent blog post,  Eve shared insights into her incredible journey in 2022, her experiences at various championships, and her aspirations for the Paris 2024 Olympics. This insightful chat offers a glimpse into the dedication and passion behind Eve's journey to the top. 

Read Full Interview Here

A Bright Future Ahead

As Eve McMahon sets her sights on the Paris 2024 Olympics, her journey continues to inspire and captivate. Her achievement is a proud moment for Howth Yacht Club and Ireland. We eagerly await the confirmation of the result later today but we are already thinking ahead to Paris and will be cheering her on every step of the way!

Stay tuned for more updates on Eve's journey and other exciting developments from the world of sailing.

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