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With less than 100 days to the start of the Olympics, two of the Irish sailing campaigns who have already qualified for London 2012 were competing at the Semaine Olympique Française – Hyères this week.

The series of races was disrupted by very strong winds gusting up to 30 knots towards the end of the week. One casualty of the weather was Irish Star duo Peter O’Leary and David Burrows who broke a forestay on Thursday but still qualified for the medal race today (27 April).

The start of the medal race was delayed until the wind dropped later in the morning and O’Leary and Burrows put in a strong performance to finish 4th in the race and 6th overall. This leaves them in good shape for the Star World Championships which start on 05 May at the same venue.

The Irish Olympic 49er pairing Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern went to Hyeres to work specifically on their starts in preparation for their World Championships in Zadar, Croatia from 04 -13 May. They finished 19th in the 56 strong fleet.

Commenting on the performance of the Olympic campaigns James O’Callaghan, Performance Director stated ‘ It has been a very challenging week but just what the sailors needed for Olympic preparation as they have not had to endure strong breezes at recent events. May will be a busy month for the team with all the World Championship events and we are also hopeful that more campaigns such as the 470, Laser and Finn will also qualify for London during the month’

Olympic hopefuls Gerbil Owens and Scott Flanigan also competed in Hyeres this week. The 470 was the only class to get all races sailed and the Irish pairing finished 34th out of the 82 strong fleet. Their next target is Olympic qualification at the 470 World Championships in Barcelona from 07-19 May.

In the Paralympic Sonar class John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costelloe from Kinsale who will be participating in his 10th Paralympic Games at the end of August in Weymouth finished 10th in Hyeres.

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Two of the ISA's three Olympic teams are currently sailing at Hyeres.  Follow the progress of Peter O'Leary & David Burrows in the Star and Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern in the 49er on the ISA Olympic Facebook page www.facebook.com/ISAOlympic and Twitter www.twitter.com/ISAOlympic.
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