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Muscat, July 10th: The Oman Sail teams competing on the gruelling Tour Voile showed true grit and determination to finish the second Act of the marathon 17-day event with another set of impressive performances. In particular the Renaissance Services team demonstrated real resilience to rebound from a crushing disappointment to win the Tuesday final.
The crew of skipper Stevie Morrison, Quentin Ponroy and Abdul-Rahman Al Mashari had gone to the second venue of the Tour holding a hard-fought third place in the 23-strong fleet after three days of short and sharp inshore ‘stadium’ races at the opening Act in Dunkerque. However, equipment failure – in the shape of a broken rudder – saw them forced to retire from Monday’s long 40km coastal race at Fécamp, which dropped them down to 11th place.
Morrison immediately pledged the team would “fight back” and they did so with outright victory in another day of stadium races, making Renaissance Services the first team on the Tour to win two finals. “It was a good comeback for us – you don’t really have any choice but to go out and do your best again the next day, and keep fighting, and the boys did that really well,” said the British Olympic sailor.
“We are still bitterly disappointed about Monday because it was just a small thing that turned into a massive thing, and with only that one long race in the day you get punished very hard.
“One of our strengths is that we all trust each other, and we can take the rough with the smooth and know that we are there for each other over the course of the whole event, so for me there was no doubt that everyone would turn up firing – though of course it’s nice to prove that.”
The Tour Voile mixes stadium and coastal racing across seven venues around France. On stadium race days the fleet is divided into two groups, with the top four teams in each going to the final which decides the overall winner of the day.
Renaissance Services’ comeback takes them up to seventh place and back on track to help achieve Oman Sail’s goal of an overall podium finish in the Tour Voile to celebrate the organisation’s 10th anniversary. The second race team – EFG Private Bank Monaco skippered by Pierre Pennec with Corentin Horeau and Hussein Al Jabri – are also poised to climb further up the leaderboard after a solid sixth place on the Fécamp coastal race saw them secure ninth overall, just a point behind Renaissance Services. The development teams – the all-women crew on EFG Sailing Arabia The Tour and all-Omani squad racing Team Oman Sail – are also hitting their targets in a highly competitive international fleet.
“Both are happy,” said Morrison, “the boys especially with winning a race on Sunday and leading one Tuesday, though the girls perhaps of all the teams here are sailing at their absolute potential.”
The entire fleet of high-speed Diam 24 trimarans has been transported 230km by road to the third Tour Voile venue of Jullouville, near St Malo, where a second coastal race is scheduled for Wednesday and further stadium racing for Thursday. The Tour will then continue until the final day of racing in Nice on July 21st.
Muscat, July 8th: The four Oman Sail crews taking part in the classic Tour Voile have shown they are each a force to be reckoned with in the first series of races. Racing their Diam 24 trimarans against world class opposition at the start of the 17-day marathon around the French coast, the quartet produced some outstanding results during the three-day curtain raiser in Dunkerque which ended Sunday.
Among the highlights were an outright win in Saturday’s racing by the Renaissance Services entry followed by a second place on Sunday, and a first ever individual race victory by the all-Omani development crew on Team Oman Sail skippered by Akram Al Wahaibi.
Meanwhile the all-female crew racing EFG Sailing Arabia The Tour recorded a succession of competitive results in the 23-strong international fleet, and the experienced race team on EFG Private Bank Monaco posted a series of podium finishes to stay firmly in contention on the overall leaderboard.
The strong performances came as Oman Sail aims to achieve a top-three podium finish in the Tour Voile to mark the 10th anniversary of being established.
Currently leading the way to that goal is the Renaissance Services crew of skipper Stevie Morrison, Quentin Ponroy and Abdul-Rahman Al Mashari, who moved up to a hard-fought third spot on the leaderboard at the end of racing in Dunkerque.
“It was tough at the beginning but we won the day yesterday and then we had two boats in the final – but the best thing for me today was seeing Akram win a race and the girls have been performing at a fantastic level,” said Morrison.
“So for Oman Sail and our team of four boats it has been a great upward trend in the last three days – we can leave Dunkerque very happy.”
Nowhere in the Tour Voile fleet were the smiles bigger than among the race-winning Team Oman Sail crew of Al Wahaibi, Haitham Al Wahaibi, Raad Al Hadi and Yasser Al Rahbi.
“It was hard racing today in very light winds at times and a strong current, but on the fifth race we had a good start and some good tactics and were able to win,” said skipper Akram Al Wahaibi.
“Being in front meant we had clear wind and a fast boat, and we now know that the Oman Sail teams can win anything.”
The EFG Private Bank Monaco crew of skipper Pierre Pennec, Corentin Horeau and Hussein Al Jabri also improved over the opening three days and moved up the leaderboard to eighth place. The team had to contend with some damage which dropped them to last place in one race before they were able to recover and qualify for Sunday’s super-final.
“It is the first Tour Voile for this team but we have earned some points and we get better each day,” said Pennec. “The results are very close and now we have to get ready for the next venue in Fécamp, where it is likely we will have bigger waves and current.”
Also looking forward to the next stop are the EFG Sailing Arabia The Tour squad of skipper Audrey Ogereau, Maelenn Lemaitre, Ibtisam Al Salmi, Marwa Al Kaifi and Tami Al Balushi.
“The opening Act was, depending on the day, both good and bad – the first two were good for us though the third was quite hard with some small mistakes which has left us feeling a little disappointed,” said Ogereau of their overall nineteenth place.
“We are aiming and hoping to do better at the next venue – I believe we can do better and we know we have a lot to do.”
The demanding Tour Voile schedule resumes in Fécamp on Monday – the second of seven venues – with the first coastal race of the Tour.
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Muscat, 5th July 2019: Oman Sail is making its most determined and wide-reaching bid for success in the challenging Tour Voile event with no fewer than four teams ready to start racing this Friday, July 5. The bold attempt to achieve at least a podium place at the end of the classic 16-day marathon race around France coincides with Oman Sail’s 10th anniversary, giving the teams an extra impetus to reach their objectives.
Leading the charge for a top-three finish are two of Oman Sail’s most experienced race teams – EFG Private Bank Monaco led by the respected French racer Pierre Pennec and Renaissance Services skippered by British Olympic sailor Stevie Morrison. Both teams have reconfirmed their potential racing the high-speed Diam 24 trimarans with podium finishes at events earlier this year, not least Morrison’s third place finish at Sailing Arabia – The Tour in Oman.
They are backed up by two development squads with the all-women Sailing Arabia The Tour team led by seasoned French multihull racer Audrey Ogereau, and the all-Omani crewed Team Oman Sail skippered by Akram Al Wahaibi.
Oman Sail CEO David Graham says this attempt on the Tour Voile is indicative of the progress made by Oman Sail since it was established 10 years ago.
“Working with our local and international partners, we’re really pleased to be racing with four teams this year,” he said.
“The event is the culmination of years of hard work and we’re happy to be sailing with one 100% Omani team, an all-female team, and two teams that will be fighting for a podium position.”
“France is a key market for the Ministry of Tourism and the event has proven to be an excellent team development and media platform. The Tour Voile is an absolute classic which tests both endurance and tactics, offering an ideal and well-rounded experience for our sailors.”
Oman Sail teams finished in fifth place in both the 2016 and 2017 Tour Voiles, improving with a fourth place finish last year, a position they are aiming to improve on in 2019 with a step up to the podium.
The EFG Private Bank Monaco crew of Pennec, Corentin Horeau and former star Laser sailor Hussein Al Jabri has two podium finishes to its credit already this year, with third place finishes at both the large international Spi Ouest-France regatta and the Normandie Cup racing against the leading Diam 24 teams.
Meanwhile Morrison’s Renaissance Services team of Quentin Ponroy and Abdul-Rahman Al Mashari secured third place at the Grand Prix Ecole Navale event in June, also facing a highly-competitive fleet.
At the same time the Sailing Arabia The Tour squad of Ogereau, Maelenn Lemaitre, Ibtisam Al Salmi, Marwa Al Kaifi and Tami Al Balushi, as well as Team Oman Sail team of Al Wahaibi, Haitham Al Wahaibi, Raad Al Hadi and Yasser Al Rahbi, have both shown improving results as they follow their development pathway with the support of the race squads.
The experienced Morrison says all four teams have something to play for over the coming few weeks, with a top-three finish a realistic goal for the two race teams.
“Our hopes are to be on the podium and maybe at the top of the podium,” he said. “We are right in the mix – we are not a favourite but we are one of the names on the list who could be up there.
“We will need to sail our best and probably have a bit of luck. On our day we can both win, but on the Tour Voile you have to keep on doing it for a lot of days and that’s where we have to find the balance so we can be fit and fighting hard right to the end.”
Oman Sail’s National Team Manager Rashid Al Said added that the two development teams “are taking on an amazing challenge”.
“For the Omani girls in particular it as unique as they have never done it before and experienced the atmosphere, the work, and just the whole format of the Tour Voile.
“You can’t really do a dress rehearsal driving around France and rigging and derigging the boats half a dozen times over two weeks, so for both it is a massive opportunity to learn – though they have the ability to do well in particular races.”
The Tour Voile begins on Friday with three days of mixed coastal and stadium racing in Dunkerque, northern France, before the 23 teams in the fleet move en masse down the coast to Fécamp, the second of seven venues.
The event concludes with two days of racing on the 20th and 21st July in Nice on France’s southern Mediterranean coast.
Muscat, 2nd July 2019: Oman Sail’s 49er teams have hit their targets at the prestigious international Kiel Week regatta, marking a significant milestone on the pathway to the long-term goal of Olympic Games qualification. Racing together in the high-performance two-man dinghy Musab Al Hadi and Waleed Al Kindi reached their objective in qualifying for the silver fleet in the ultra-competitive racing class which featured many of the world’s best sailors, including world and Olympic champions.
Al Hadi and Al Kindi are regarded as leading contenders among the Oman Sail teams to achieve the long-established ambition of representing the Sultanate at an Olympic Games. The duo finished in a highly-creditable 47th place in the 82-strong 49er fleet, and showed their true potential by finishing fourth in one of the silver fleet races held at the German venue.
Al Hadi said: “It has been a great experience for both Waleed and I racing at Kiel Week – the competition is very strong but it is a great opportunity for us to learn against the best and to get better.
“Our coaches have been very positive and we both feel we have made good progress towards our ultimate goal of qualifying for the Olympic Games.
“We are more used to light wind conditions and it was at times windy here, but we feel that we managed the conditions well – and it is great preparation for the future.”
Meanwhile a second Oman Sail team featuring Ahmed Al Hasani and French racer Axel Silvy raced in the bronze fleet. Al Hasani, who has raced in a variety of Oman Sail teams, has only recently graduated to the 49er squad. However, the new pairing showed serious potential by finishing in 13th place within the 27-strong bronze fleet. The Kiel Week regatta is one of the largest sail racing events in the world, with multiple classes including all the Olympic sailing categories. For both Oman Sail teams it provided a testing but worthwhile competitive outing, as well as ideal preparation for the upcoming 49er Asian Championship which will be held in Abu Dhabi this November.
All results here: http://manage2sail.com/de-DE/event/kiwo19#!/results?classId=bd65c258-9dc8-4c85-88da-bbf7363775be
Muscat, 1st July 2019: A determined Team Oman Air are already looking forward to their next event on the calendar after a frustrating final day at the GC32 World Championships in Portugal saw them slip down the leaderboard. Having led the 10-strong fleet of high-speed foiling catamarans after the first of four days of racing, and then maintained second place up to the start of Sunday’s deciding races, a disappointing run of results saw Oman Air finish in fifth place.
With a win in Sardinia last month at the opening event of the GC32 Tour season to their credit, the Oman Air crew of skipper Adam Minoprio, Nasser Al Mashari, Peter Greenhalgh, Stewart Dodson and Adam Piggott are now looking to return to form at the next regatta.
This is the Copa Del Rey Mapfre in Majorca at the end of July, where the Oman Air team and the other GC32 crews will be able to showcase their skills at the Mediterranean’s well-established and prestigious multi-class regatta.
“It was a tough day here and very frustrating,” admitted New Zealand skipper Minoprio, reflecting on a disappointing second half of the event. “The wheels just fell off a bit, for whatever reason.
“We weren’t sailing the boat slowly, we weren’t doing bad manoeuvres. We thought we were using the same tactics and decision making that worked so well over the first two days, it just seemed that every time we rolled the dice to try and get past someone it just went against us.”
And he added: “We are definitely looking forward to Palma so we can right some of the wrongs of this week, and try and get up back to the top of the leaderboard and feel good about ourselves.”
It’s a positive view echoed by Omani teammate Al Mashari, who said: “It is only the second event of the season and we will learn from it and look forward to the next one in Palma where we will be trying to push harder.”
Team Oman Air – which is also supported by EFG Private Bank Monaco – are now second in the overall 2019 season standings, tied on points with INEOS Rebels UK skippered by four-time Olympic gold medal winner Sir Ben Ainslie. However, their old adversaries aboard Alinghi now have a lead of three points at the top of the table after a dominating win in Lagos, Portugal, which saw the Swiss team crowned 2019 GC32 World Champions in a standalone event which also counts towards the GC32 Tour.
Another Swiss entry, Team Tilt, whose crew included America’s Cup winner Glenn Ashby, finished second in the world championships, with INEOS taking third ahead of Volvo Ocean Race winner Franck Cammas’ Norauto team.
Team Oman Air and the GC32 Tour return to action at the Copa Del Rey Mapfre in Palma, Majorca from July 30 to August 3, with two further events scheduled for the season.
Young Omani sailors are celebrating having achieved great results at an international racing regatta held in Bahrain. Members of an Oman Sail team took the top two places in the Laser 4.7 class at the Al Bareh International Regatta.
Abdul Malik Al Hinai produced an incredible performance to take 10 wins from the 12 races held, securing a clear overall victory in a fleet that also included racers from Egypt, Kuwait and Algeria. His teammate Ali Al Saadi was the winner of the other two races on his way to taking second place on the leaderboard. Al-Moatasem Al Farsi was placed fourth with Albaraa Al Nofli in sixth.
“All of our Laser 4.7 sailors showed great skill and determination to come away with such good results,” said Mohsin bin Ali Al Busaidi, Oman Sail’s Youth Sailing Manager.
“It is also true to say that Abdul Malik was outstanding and the whole team is proud of what they have been able to achieve.”
Conditions at the Bahrain Maritime Sports Association Club House – the venue for the Al Bareh International Regatta – included some very strong winds. Oman Sail coaches along with Team Leader Ghalib Al Mamamri decided to withdraw the 10-strong squad of Under-11 Optimist sailors from the races to ensure their safety. Starting next Sunday, they will all now begin a three-week training camp in Mussanah to prepare for one of the highlights of the year, the Oman Sailing Championships, which will be held from 1 – 7 August, in the Optimist, Laser, Windsurfing and 29er classes.
Muscat, June 24th, 2019: Team Oman Air heads into the GC32 World Championship aiming to build on their winning start to the 2019 season with a further victory this week in Portugal. The championship marks the second event of the GC32 Racing Tour, with the Oman Air crew having emerged as worthy winners at the GC32 Villasimius Cup in Sardinia last month a clear nine points ahead of the chasing pack. Now the crew of the high-speed foiling catamaran will carry that momentum with them as they prepare for four days of competitive racing in Lagos, southern Portugal.
“It’s looking good for Lagos,” said Team Oman Air project manager and mainsail trimmer Pete Greenhalgh. “The team are up for it and we have all the bits and pieces to do the job – taking momentum into next event does no harm, that’s for sure.”
For 2019 long-standing Oman Sail team members Greenhalgh and Nasser Al Mashari have been re-joined by Stewart Dodson with the highly-rated New Zealand helmsman and skipper Adam Minoprio and experienced British sailor Adam Piggott adding further strength to the crew.
“There are just a couple of areas we need to work on, and get way better,” said Greenhalgh. “With the new team combination it is exciting to have some pretty obvious things to work on and we are confident we can turn things around pretty quickly.”
Having the event as a World Championship will give added impetus to the Oman Air crew as the team took a hard-fought third place podium finish on Lake Garda in the first ever GC32 worlds, having won the ‘unofficial’ World Championships the year before.
“It adds a bit of spice because it is a World Championship event,” said Greenhalgh. “Some of the teams won’t be doing a full season so they will ramp it up for this event, no question.”
The Sardinia event was marked by unseasonably cool weather and almost wintery conditions, so the whole fleet will be hoping for warmer conditions – so long as there is wind to race in.
“As long as there is wind we won’t be complaining, we can handle a bit of rain,” said Al Mashari. “We will be training hard before the start of racing to turn the one or two weak areas we have into strengths – it is good to have some areas to focus on and improve.”
The Oman Air team know they will face a stern test from Ernesto Bertarelli’s Swiss team on Alinghi, runners-up in Sardinia, and Olympic gold medal winner Ben Ainslie’s crew on INEOS Rebels UK, who took the final podium place. Reigning GC32 champion Franck Cammas and his Norauto crew will also be out to improve on their fourth place at the first event.
Oman Sail youth teams are preparing to test their developing skills at international regattas in Bahrain and France this month. A 14-strong team of young Optimist and Laser 4.7 sailors will go into action at the Al Bareh International Regatta, which kicks off 18th June. For the 10 Optimist sailors taking part, all aged under 11, the Bahrain event will mark their first ever competitive racing outing. Meanwhile a second team of more experienced Optimist racers will be flying the flag for Oman at the Optimist European Championship, which starts on June 22nd at Crozon-Morgat in Brittany western France.
“The two regattas will provide different challenges for each of our teams, but both will gain great experience from taking part,” said Mohsin Al Busaidi, Oman Sail’s Youth Sailing Development Manager.
“All of those racing in Bahrain were chosen on their performances in our programme of ranking race events, and for the five girls and five boys in our Optimist team this will be their first ever regatta as a team.”
The Optimist Under-11 squad consists of Isra Al Bulushi, Mohammed Al Jabri, Jenan Al Sinani, Jore Al Mukhaini, Saja Al Mukhaini, Eyad Al-Wahaibi, Hasan Al Wahaibi, Aws Al-Busaidi, Sura Al-Busaidi and Saud Al Shaqsi. Racing alongside them in the Laser 4.7 fleet are Al-Moatasem Al Farsi, Ali Al Saadi, Albaraa Al Nofli and Abdul Malik Al Hinai.
Both squads in the Youth Team will be supported in Bahrain by Oman Sail coaches and Team Leader Ghalib Al Ma’mri. The European Championship team, meanwhile, will face almost 300 leading Optimist sailors representing 50 countries from around the world later this month. The three sailors on the team represent three of Oman Sail’s four sailing schools, with Al Hassan Al Jabri from Marina Bandar Al Rowdha, Hatem Al Araimi from Sur, and Nibras Al Awaisi from the Mussanah school. Supported by coach Sulaiman Al Wahaibi and team leader Abdul Aziz Al Shidi, they face five days of racing starting, following the opening ceremony, on Monday 24th June. The Al Bareh International Regatta runs from 18th to 22rd June at the Bahrain Maritime Sports Association Club House.