IT would not be wholly accurate to say that D-Day is almost upon Killorglin Paralympic sailor Ian Costelloe.
Rather it is more E-Day, or Embarkation Day, if you catch the drift and excuse the rather obvious pun.
One way or another, the most exciting time of the Killorglin man's life is almost upon him. Today, on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, the London Paralympics will officially begin and, hopefully, years of hard-work and dedication to Ian's chosen sport of sailing will be rewarded.
The 23-year-old will compete in the Sonar Keelboat class along with fellow crew-members, Corkmen John Twomey and Anthony Hegarty.
The three sailors have been at Olympic and Paralympic sailing venue, Weymouth, since August 17, putting the finishing touches to their preparations.
For the moment, the Irish crew are focussed on the job in hand, however, as Ian - son of Johnny and Sheila - admitted to The Kerryman, he can't wait for the games to begin. Speaking as he came ashore from another stint on the water at Weymouth, Ian said things had gone very well so far.
"We're making sure that everything is alright, that the ropes are perfect. We don't want anything breaking when we're racing!" he said.
Once their regatta begins this Saturday, September 1, Ian, John and Anthony will have a tough schedule to deal with – eleven races over six days with the crew's best ten results to count. They are unfazed though, as Weymouth is a venue familiar to the crew.
"I have been to Weymouth twice, for a Sailing for Gold regatta and for a World Cup race. It's very good. The wind can be tricky though, depending on which way it blows. Hopefully we'll get over all that, we have enough knowledge of the venue," said Ian.
Though Weymouth is a fair distance from London, Ian and all of the Irish sailors will be making the trek to London for the official opening of the games next Wednesday. There will be little time for the distractions of London though, the crew will be back at Weymouth the following day.
And, they won't be short of support either, as Ian explained.
"I have family members coming over and a few from The Forge Nite Club where I used to work. Family and friends from London will also come down and the other sailors' families too," he said.
Looking ahead to the challenge that will present itself for six days, Ian is very hopeful of having a successful Paralympics.
"We're confident of doing well. You never know what might happen but hopefully all of our training will pay off."