On Easter Monday the complete seven-member Irish Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Team, Providence Team IRL, will join a staggering 1,100 sailors on the French Riviera for the final instalment of the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2013-2014 series.
The regatta in Hyères will bring together the world’s top Olympic and Paralympic class competitors campaigning for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The newest ISA Development pairing; Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey will also join the squad for what will be their second event of the season in the female 49erFX class. And the final Irish representative will be Dun Laoghaire Finn class sailor Ross Hamilton.
This is an important regatta for the team as they prepare for their individual European Championships in June and July before the focal event of the season – the Olympic qualifier in Spain in September. ISA Performance Director James O’Callaghan remarked “The guys were a little rusty at the first event in March after months of winter training and no competitive racing. We’re optimistic we’ll see improved performances across the board this week”.