Here Annalise is pictured admiring her new Vito which is soon to be a familiar sight at Laser sailing events. With her is Fergus Conheady of Mercedes-Benz.

Irish sailing sensation Annalise Murphy is off on the next stage of her journey to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro travelling in a Vito Mixto supplied to her under a sponsorship arrangement by the Mercedes-Benz organisation in Ireland.

Fresh from her recent success in taking gold in the 2013 Laser Radial European Championship held in the waters off Dun Laoghaire, the 23-year-old Olympian returned to her National Yacht Club to accept the keys of her new Vito from Fergus Conheady, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles.

Commenting, Annalise said ‘securing the support of Mercedes-Benz on top of my winning the Laser Radial European Title has ensured that my plans to secure gold at the next Olympic Games are off to a wonderful start.’

Decked out to transport her and her team, with room inside for most of her equipment, the Vito Mixto crew van, with its five passenger seats and spacious load-carrying interior, is wrapped in a colourful, eye-catching picture of Annalise doing what she does best.