sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Cowes Week - Flying action in the Artemis Challenge
Cowes Week - Flying action in the Artemis Challenge

'MOD70’s Musandam-OmanSail and Fonica racing in the Artemis Challenge 2012'    Lloyd Images ©    Click Here to view large photo

At Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the stage was set for record smashing conditions in the sixth edition of the Artemis Challenge. The two MOD70’s racing didn’t disappoint, Musandam-OmanSail and Fonica went flying off the start line immediately hitting 17 knots and excelling in the 20 knot conditions.

The multihull Round the Isle of Wight speed sailing record had been held by Playstation in a time of two hours, 33 minutes and 55 seconds and it has stood for the last 11 years. But the MOD70’s are some of the fastest multihulls on the planet and the battle for the record was fought until the very end. Musandam-OmanSail took the lead as they approached the Needles, but Fonica edged in front as they past west of the Island and they fought neck and neck until the finish.

After sailing in speeds in excess of 30 knots Fonica took line honours and the new round the Isle of Wight record finishing in a time of two hours, 21 minutes and 25 second (subject to ratification), with Musandam-OmanSail finishing just one minute and 30 seconds behind in a time of two hours, 22 minutes, 53 seconds, ten minutes ahead of the previous record.

MOD70’s Musandam-OmanSail and Fonica racing in the Artemis Challenge 2012 -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo
For the two Omani sailors who were selected to compete in the race through Oman Sail’s innovative training programme it was a once in a lifetime experience,.

'It was good we really enjoyed it. This was my first time sailing onboard Musandam-OmanSail and an amazing experience for me. It was so fast and a real challenge between us and Fonica. We had a battle towards the Needles, and then they just managed to get in front of us and we tried hard to catch them up. I loved it, it was really nice. I would definitely like to get back onboard again in the future, but I am also trying to train for my kite surfing career as I am working towards the Olympics in Rio in 2016. It was a great experience to meet and sail with people like Sidney, Brian, Leigh and Dee and I have learnt so much,' Khalfan Al Athobi.

Hilal Al Zadjali is a part of Musandam-OmanSail’s shore crew and this was his first race onboard, 'It was a great experience, and such a close race with the other MOD70 Foncia. I work with the team on the shore side and it was great to step onboard and sail today. I heard that this record had stood for a long time, so although we don’t have the record overall, the fact that we beat that time is a great thing and a good experience for the whole team going into the MOD70 European tour.'

For the crew of Musandam-OmanSail the focus now shifts to the MOD70 European Tour which kicks off in Kiel, Germany at the end of the month.

'It was a nice day and a good exercise for us, and good fun to share this sailing with the Extreme Sailing Series team and also to have some local knowledge as well.For our Omani sailors it was a good experience to take part in this event and they enjoyed it which was fantastic. It was a totally new experience for Khalfan as he is a kite surfer, but it is good to see that they both enjoyed it and it opens their eyes to this type of professional sailing, which is what this programme is all about.'

'We head to Lorient tonight and then next week we do the delivery to Kiel, and I’m excited about that. We have the whole offshore crew and the two inshore crew sailing on board for the delivery. We decided to take the longer route to Kiel in order to get some more training time on the water. It’s going to be a good opportunity to step up on this delivery. The team have had a chance to take some time off and refresh, so I am expecting a lot from the delivery in order to prepare for the start of the MOD70 European Tour,' Musandam-OmanSail MOD70 skipper Sidney Gavignet.

Musandam-OmanSail MOD70 Crew List: Sidney Gavignet, Brian Thompson, Leigh McMillian, Hilal Al Zadjali, Khalfan Al Athobi, Thomas Lebreton, Michi Mueller, Dee Caffari, Peter Greenhalgh, Dan Snow and Edwina Snow

Musandam-OmanSail crew member Dee Caffari and Zara Phillips -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo

The skippers and crew for the Artemis Challenge 2012 -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo


by Lucy Harwood

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=101018

6:29 PM Thu 16 Aug 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

16 Aug 2012  Cowes Week - Upset plans on day 5
15 Aug 2012  Cowes Week - Close battles on day 4
15 Aug 2012  RS Elites at Cowes Week
15 Aug 2012  Cowes Week - Prestigious Britannia Cup to be awarded
15 Aug 2012  Cowes Week - A truly international regatta
14 Aug 2012  Cowes Week - Gusty and shifty day 3
13 Aug 2012  Cowes Week Day 2 - Perfect conditions for Family Day
01 Aug 2012  Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week - Ladies Day preview
27 Jun 2012  Cowes Week - Shore side events programme announced
20 Jun 2012  Artemis Challenge to showcase offshore racing
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



















































America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
















New Classification Code for consultation released by the IPC
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race fleet heads for London
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi and Team Alvimedi head for England
Rio 2016 in the sights of ISAF Youth Worlds 420 sailors
Exciting new International Audi Melges 20 Ranking System now in play
FISU World University Match Racing Championships - GBR women win gold
2014 Seiko 49er and 49erFX European Championship - Day 2
Volvo Ocean Race teams Abu Dhabi and Alvimedica leave Newport, RI
Half Ton Classics Cup - Champagne conditions on Day 2 + Video
ABYC Fourth of July Regatta - Snipes join the action
Volvo Cork Week - Three bullets for ballistic catapult
Nacra 17 Europeans - Besson and Riou lead the overall standings
Formula 16 World Championship - Aussies claim title in Newport
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - The journey beckons
Clipper Round the World - London to provide emotional heroes welcome
ISAF Youth Worlds - Italians to lead RS:X fleet in Tavira
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - Over the Horizon
Foiling Week - Italian Moth Championship - Final results
NYYC Race Week - Yachting history on display
Rescued sailors reach shore after dramatic ocean rescue
Half Ton Classics Cup: Swuzzlebubble out front on Day 1 + Video   
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Yachting history on display   
Volvo Cork Week - Thrilling conditions welcome international fleet   
Nacra 17 Europeans: Success for Italy's Bissaro and Sicouri   
America's Cup: 2017 venue short-list reduced to two Cities   
Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall   
49er and 49erFX Europeans: Pitfalls aplenty on day 1 + Video   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Laser Radial sailors look to join list of legends   
Coville soon to chase solo circumnavigation record in giant trimaran   
Fierce competition at the Meanline Fins Slalom Challenge   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel opt for experienced winner   
Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature   
Crew rescued by navy patrol from J/111 racer after Mayday in storm   
Team Alvimedica practice in Newport, RI - Photos   
18 foot skiff European Championship (Open Europeans) - Final results   
Nacra 17 European Championships - No action on day 1   
ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 sailors prepare for battle + Video   
Volvo Ocean Race: Eight new crew members named by teams   
Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket Island is ready to host   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT