by Oman Sail on 2 May 2014
The Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series 2014. The Wave, Muscat. Skippered by Leigh McMillan (GBR) with tactician Sarah Ayton (GBR), trimer Peter Greenhalgh (GBR), headsail trimer Kinley Fowler (NZL) and bowman Nasser Al Mashari (OMA) © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series
Race officials also had a challenging day ensuring that racing was safe and contending with wind speeds that varied between five and 25 knots and gusts that reached 32 knots. The fleet was split into flights of four boats each on the tiny Fushon Bay racetrack for a total of six races.
It proved to be one of the trickiest days in ESS history and the challenge for Leigh McMillan and his crew on The Wave, Muscat was to stay focussed and consistent which they did successfully with three podium places in three races. They came off the water relieved to have finished unscathed and happy with their performance.
'The wind was very strong which made things very challenging but we did well to maintain our position,' said The Wave, Muscat’s bowman Nasser Al Mashari.
'On days like today, my biggest lesson is the importance of being physically fit and strong because it is really hard work going up and down, up and down in these kinds of conditions. I was hoping that all those hours spent in the gym would pay off but I think I have to work a bit harder!'