Irish sailing stars hoping to sparkle at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères
Irish competitors will be out in force at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères in France this week in the revamped World series.
This year's Providence Team Ireland comprises Irish Olympian Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial and Ulster duo Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern - who are World Cup silver medallists and Olympians - in the 49er class.
Also in action are Olympic hopefuls Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey in the 49erFX class and three-man Paralympic Sonar sailing team John Twomey, Ian Costello and Austin O'Carroll.
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères marks the first occasion where fleets are decided based on primary qualification through ISAF world ranking, culminating in a final in Abu Dhabi. Racing for the Olympic Classes will run from April 22-26, with Paralympic Classes from 22-25 April.
James O'Callaghan, ISA High Performance Director, said: "This year will be more challenging."