The French boat finished first at last year’s world championship, earning the country a qualification berth for the 2016 Summer Paralympics. It was crewed by Bruno Jourden, Nicolas Vimont-Vicary and Erick Flaeul. France has one boat ranked internationally in this class. Crewed by the world champions, they are currently ranked second in the world.
What events these 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 sonar event, has no ISAF results published on their website. Trofeo Sar Princess Sofia did not have Sonar on their program. 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 Jourdren, Flageul and Vimont-Vicary won gold in the Sonar event.
French sailors have been reasonably active in the past few years competing in this event. They have participated in the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, 2014 IFDS Combined World Championships, 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, 2014 Delta Lloyd Regatta, 2013 IFDS Combined World Championships, and 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères.
France has done well in this boat before on the Paralympic level, winning silver at the 2008 Games in mixed three person sonar. The country sent a boat to compete in this event to the 2012 Summer Paralympics.