It seems like it's over before it began, but the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères will bring the 2012-2013 World Cup series to a close, with racing starting Monday 22 April. With only two ISAF events in Europe, action will switch to the new Eurosaf circuit for the rest of the European sailing season.
The weather is expected to be light winds on Monday and Tuesday increasing in strength from Wenesday with some rain. British Sailing has a considerable entry, with new pairings in the Nacra and 49erFX making the most of the good fleets taking part.
In the Laser, Nick Thompson will be looking to get back into form as the top GBR sailor after a poor result in Palma. Paul Goodison is taking a break from Laser sailing so this is a chance for rivals to stake their claim. In the Radial, Allison Young will face Ireland's Annalise Murphy, both of them favouring the stronger breeze that is likely later in the weeek.
The men's RS:X is another event where the British number one is not racing and again its a chance for Tom Squires and Martin Kieren to show what they can do against top competition. In the women's event, Bryony Shaw faces a strong fleet which includes the World #1, Italy’s Flavia Tartaglini who won the Palma event with two Medal Race victories.
The 49er has six British crews expected to start in the 58 entries. Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes still showing all their fighting spirit will want to get ahead of David Evans and Edward Powys who took the podium spot in Palma.
The Finn is wide open since Ben Ainslie retired from the class and this weekend will see the return of Ed Wright in the strong British entry, with Giles Scott, Mark Andrews and Andrew Mills all looking to pick up where Ainslie finished. Again this is a big fleet with 76 entries.
Joe Glanfield and Luke Patience start in the men's 470 and will again face the Palma winners, Matt Belcher and Will Ryan from Australia. In the women's event, the new GBR pairing of Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh Mcintyre who took silver in Palma, will be hoping to build on that dream start to their season.
The 2.4mR sees the return to the circuit of Olympic gold medaist, Helena Lucas. She will face Megan Pascoe who took siver in Palma and has dominated the GBR Spring series.
21 April 2013 8:58