Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

MOD70 Musandam-Oman Sail gears up for busy British racing season

by Oman Sail on 22 Jul 2014
Oman Sail's MOD70 Musandam during Kiel week 2014, 22-06-2014, Kiel - Germany. Sander Van Der Borch
Oman Sail’s record-breaking MOD70 Musandam-Oman Sail will be on the trail of new trophies in August when it arrives in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, one of the world’s most celebrated sailing centres, to take part in two pinnacle events of the 2014 British offshore racing season.

Co-skippers Sidney Gavignet (FRA) and Damian Foxall (IRL) have put together a MOD70 crew selected from Oman Sail’s elite squad of sailors for the Artemis Challenge, the 50 mile race around the Isle of Wight, and for the 1,800 nm Seven Star Round Britain and Ireland Race three days later.

For the first time, half of the six-strong Musandam-Oman Sail offshore crew for the Round Britain Race will be Omani sailors including regular Fahad Al Hasni plus Sami Al Shukaili and Yassir Al Rahbi, members of Oman Sail’s M34 squad for the Tour de France a Voile who switched to the MOD70 earlier this year.

Multihull expertise will be boosted by the addition of America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veteran Jan Dekker from South Africa, a key member of the Groupama trimaran campaigns for the past ten years and involved in Alinghi's America’s Cup campaigns in 2007 and 2010 and Oracle’s win last year.


'We are extremely fortunate to have Jan with us for the Seven Star Round Britain and Ireland Race and think we will all benefit from his experience, energy and drive,' said Foxall.

'He has been round the world four times including once on the trimaran Club Med and remains one of the strongest multihull experts in the business so knows how to make these boats go fast. Hopefully we can tap into some of that knowledge to learn a few new skills and maybe claim a line honours win.

'Having Fahad, Sami and Yassir with us on the Round Britain Race is especially exciting. It is the result of a lot of hard work on their part and creates a strong platform for Oman Sail’s offshore plans in the future.'

Musandam-Oman Sail achieved notoriety in Germany last month when it smashed the 27.5 mile Kiel Week Welcome Race record from Kiel to Eckernforde by almost 20 minutes, a feat that led directly to a wave of enquiries about the Sultanate of Oman at the popular Oman Sail exhibition pavilion, set up in conjunction with Oman’s Ministry of Tourism in the Kiel Week Village.

For the second year running, the same pavilion, complete with a stunning presentation of images, produce and customs from Oman, will be set up in Cowes, where thousands of visitors will be welcomed for a tour while sampling the exotic Omani wares on offer. The UK is a key target market for tourism for the Sultanate of Oman and after last year’s huge success, the Ministry of Tourism and Oman Sail are hoping to build on the interest generated.

On the racetrack, the Oman Sail objective will be two fold. To foster the skills and know-how of the ever expanding pool of talented Omani sailors to prepare them for future challenges, and to look at new records, in particular the Round Britain record set in 2011 by Loick Peyron’s Banque Populaire of 3d 3h 49m and 14s.


Equally important is the need to preserve the boat ahead of Gavignet’s campaign for the Route du Rhum in November, explained newest addition to the crew Jan Dekker.

'I enjoy sailing multihulls but I’ve never sailed on MOD70s and I have never done the Round Britain before – I’m looking forward to it!' he said.

'The MOD70s are good solid fast boats and the aim is to win but it’s important that we keep the boat in good shape because Sidney is doing the Route du Rhum later in the year so we can’t take any risks.'

Musandam-Oman Sail will attend Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week from August 2-9 as part of its Ministry of Tourism corporate hospitality programme and will race in the Artemis Challenge on August 7 where a £10,000 prize fund will be donated to the charity of the winner's choice.

The Seven Star Round Britain and Ireland Race starts on Sunday August 10 with up to 30 boats expected on the Cowes start line.

Musandam-Oman Sail crew for 2014 Seven Star Round Britain and Ireland Race
• Sidney Gavignet (FRA)
• Damian Foxall (IRL)
• Jan Dekker (RSA)
• Fahad Al Hasni (OMA)
• Sami Al Shukaili (OMA)
• Yassir Al Rahbi (OMA)

Musandam-Oman Sail MOD70 squad for Cowes
• Damian Foxall (IRL) (Skipper)
• Jan Dekker (RSA)
• Loik Gallon (FRA)
• Ali Al Balushi (OMA)
• Sami Al Shukaili (OMA)
• Yassir Al Rahbi (OMA)
• Mohammed Al Mujaini (OMA)
• Fahad Al Hasni (OMA)
• Mohsin Al Busaidi (OMA)




NaiadBarz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearBakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted on 27 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr