Many of the world’s best 2.4m and sonar classes sailors are heading to Hyeres, France for the third stage of the ISAF 2016 Sailing World Cup series, from 27 April-1 May.
Great Britain’s Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas will participate in the one-person class as she steps up her preparations for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. She will face strong opposition from France’s Damien Seguin, who won the last four successive 2.4m events, including the 2015 Para Sailing World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.
Germany’s Heiko Kroeger, the last sailor to have beaten Seguin, will be another to look out for.
Canada’s 2016 Sailing World Cup Miami winners Paul Tingley, Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes will compete in the three-person sonar class, where they will face Germany’s Paralympic silver medallists Jens Kroker, Robert Prem and Siegmund Mainka.
France’s Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary, who won gold at the 2013 and 2015 Sailing World Cup Hyeres, will also be strong favourites for the title.
Australia’s Colin Harrinson, Jonathan Harris and Russell Boaden and Norway’s Paralympic bronze medallists Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Marie Solberg and Per Eugen Kristiansen are also set to shine in the French waters.