While the 2016 Summer Paralympics are still a year off, France has already qualified a boat for the Games in this event. Looking ahead towards possible team selection, France should be going to Rio in this event well prepared. At the 2014 World Championships, Damien Seguin won bronze in the class.
France has some depth in this class, with three options based on international rankings. Kevin Cantin might be a potential choice at the moment for France despite Seguin’s recent wins, with Cantin currently ranked sixth in the world. As Seguin has been ranked as high as first in the world and won bronze at the world championships, he should not be ruled out. He dropped one position in between ranking periods to tenth while Cantin maintained his spot. France also has the option of Daniel Gachignard, who is currently ranked forty-ninth in the world.
What events French sailors have been competing at in the past three months can be difficult to track. Garda and Trentino Olympic Week, which took place earlier this month and had a 2.4 meter event, has no ISAF results published on their website. French sailors missed competing at the Trofeo Sar Princess Sofia, which took place in Palma de Majorca in late March and early April of this year. Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta in New Zealand in March had this class on their program, but only New Zealand competitors took part. At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres in April, France’s Damien Seguin won gold in the 2.4 mR event.
French sailors have been reasonably active in the past few years competing in this event. They have participated in the 2014 IFDS Combined World Championships, 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, 2014 Delta Lloyd Regatta, 2013 IFDS Combined World Championships, 2013 Delta Lloyd Regatta, 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, and 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères. This is the class of boat that France has the most international experience of all three Paralympic classes
France also has some history of doing well in this event at the Paralympic level, with a pair of medals. The country sent a boat to compete in this event to the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
Hosts Brazil automatically qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics by virtue of being hosts. At last year’s World Championships in Halifax, Canada, several countries qualified 2.4 mR boats with the final decision as to who would be on those boats up to the NPC. Countries that earned qualifying berths included Germany, Great Britain, France, Australia, United States, Canada, Norway, and Finland.