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Eilidh McIntyre
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Born 4 June 1994 (1994-06-04) (age 27)
Hayling Island, England
Sailing career
Class(es) 470
Club Hayling Island

Eilidh McIntyre (born 4 June 1994) is a British sailor, who won the gold medal alongside Hannah Mills in the 470 event at the 2020 Summer Olympics. She won the 2019 470 World Championships, and came second at the 2017 470 World Championships. She finished third at the 2015 470 European Championships, and second at the 2019 and 2021 events, as well as having won multiple ISAF Sailing World Cup medals.

Career

McIntyre joined the British Sailing Team at the age of 15. In 2013, McIntyre and Sophie Weguelin won the Kiel Week 470 event. In 2014, the pair won the US Sailing's Miami Olympic Classes Regatta. McIntyre won multiple medals at the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup. McIntyre and Weguelin came third at the 2015 470 European Championships. The pair failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics. After the 2016 Summer Olympics, McIntyre teamed up with Hannah Mills, as Mills' former partner Saskia Clark retired after the Games. McIntyre and Mills came second at the 2017 470 World Championships, and the 2018 World Cup event in Hyères, France.

In 2019, McIntyre and Mills won a gold medal at the 470 World Championships, came second at the Olympic test event in Enoshima, Japan, and came second at the 2019 470 European Championships. In October 2019, McIntyre was awarded a place in the 470 event at the 2020 Summer Olympics, alongside Mills. After the Olympics were postponed from 2020 to 2021, British Sailing confirmed that their squad selection were unchanged, and so McIntyre was still selected for the Games. During the COVID-19 pandemic, McIntyre and Mills trained in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, as well as at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. In January 2021, McIntyre was critical of a suggestion by Matthew Pinsent that the Olympics should be delayed until 2024. In March 2021, McIntyre and Mills competed at the 470 World Championship, their first event for 18 months. At the 2021 470 European Championships, the pair finished second. McIntyre won the gold medal alongside Mills at the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics.

Personal life

McIntyre is from Hayling Island, Hampshire, England. She was privately educated at the independent Mayville High School in Southsea,England. Her Scottish father Michael won a sailing gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

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