Fionn Lyden

Name: Fionn Lyden
Class sailed: Laser 
DOB: 22/09/1995
Hometown: Baltimore
Club: Baltimore Sailing Club / Fasnet Marine OEC
Nickname: Shtal

When and where did you first try sailing? Sailing in Baltimore in a Mirror with my mum when I was 4.            

Who introduced you to sailing? My parents.

What was the first boat you raced? Topaz.    

What was the first race you won? Saturday league racing in Baltimore.

When did you first represent Ireland? 2010 at the 4.7 Europeans in Lac Hourtin, France.

How did you progress from a Club sailor to an Olympic class sailor? Trained loads and got a trial for the ISA Academy in 2011.

What’s your boat name? Pride of Baltimore.

Who has been the biggest influence in your career to date? David Harte from the Fastnet Marine OEC. 

What was your worst sailing moment? Being beaten by my little sister.

What was your best sailing moment? Winning the Europa Cup on Lake Garda in 2013.

What is your favourite boat to sail? Laser.

What do you eat for breakfast on a race day? Cereal.

What is the best sailing venue in Ireland? Schull. Baltimore is pretty good too.

What is the best sailing venue in the world? Lake Garda.

What was your most expensive sailing accident? I drove a RIB very slowly into a mooring block in Baltimore, destroying the engine.

If you weren’t a full-time sailor what would you be? Engineering student.

Do you have any heroes? Roy Keane, Ronan O’Gara.

Do you play any other sports? I used to play under-age Gaelic Football for Ilen Rovers.

What do you do for fun? Other water sports.

What would you love to do but never have the time or money for it? Skiing holidays.

What word or phrase best depicts your personality? Easy going. 

What’s your best attribute? Dedicated.

What’s your worst habit? Procrastination.

What’s your dream holiday? Skiing.

What’s your favourite food? Burgers.

Who’s your favourite band? Coldplay.

What’s your favourite TV show or movie? Argo.

If you had a theme song – what would it be? Anything by Taylor Swift.

If they made a movie of your life - who would play you? Bradley Cooper.       

In 10 years’ time I would like to be: Preparing for the Olympics.


2013 Italian Europa Cup, Italy