Giles Scott is set to spearhead a strong British challenge at the Finn European Championship, which gets underway in La Rochelle, France today.

The 26-year-old sailor is unbeaten since his full- time return to the class in October 2013 after a stint America’s Cup campaigning, and has finished on the top step of the Finn class podium in eight of the ten events he’s contested since June 2011.

But the Portland-based sailor, who won the European and World titles in 2011, will face a tough challenge for silverware in the 95-strong fleet.