sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Ben Ainslie joins Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series

Ben Ainslie joins Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series

'Ben Ainslie - Extreme Sailing Series 2011'    OmanSail ©
Oman Sail have today announced that triple Olympic gold and silver medallist, Ben Ainslie, is to step into the role of skipper on their Extreme 40, Oman Air. The triple Olympic gold medallist will join the team in Trapani and compete in three rounds of the Extreme Sailing Series.

Ainslie, who is Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor ever, will replace Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, following the announcement in August that he would be leaving the Extreme 40, to head-up Oman Sail’s new Multi One Design 70 campaign.

The move further ups the tempo in the Extreme 40 class, with four past and present America's Cup teams competing, along with many Olympic medal winners. The number of Olympic gold medals in the Extreme 40 Series has just increased by three.

Ainslie, who has spent an intense 10 months competing in his Finn Olympic dinghy where he is trying to gain selection to the 2012 Olympics to defend his current Olympic title. He is looking forward to the shift to multihull sailing with Oman Air for the remaining European stages of the Extreme Sailing Series, before he gets back in the Finn to compete at the ISAF World Championships and Finn Gold Cup in Perth, Australia at the end of the year.

'After such an intense period of sailing the Finn, it’s going to be great to get out there and do some different sailing. I had always planned to take a break from the Finn after the Olympic Test Event, it’s a great opportunity for me and the switch to a different class will be a real positive. In the past I have found that it is good to step away, learn new skills, sail with new people and ultimately come back refreshed.' Said Ainslie.

Oman Sail - Extreme Sailing Series 2011 -  Lloyd Images-Oman Sail?nid=88122©   Click Here to view large photo

The Extreme Sailing Series has passed the half way point of the competition, and with events in Muscat, Qingdao, Istanbul, Boston and Cowes already complete, the Oman Air team currently sit in eighth place overall. 'There is definitely a bit of pressure stepping on the boat at this stage in the Series, and I think it is going to be a lot about me not letting the guys down as they have been doing a great job so far this year. We have just a couple of days training in Trapani before our first event together, so it is going to be tough going in cold, but hopefully I can pick it up quickly and we can get some good results.' Ben Ainslie.

Ainslie joins Nasser Al Mashari, Oman Air’s Omani bowman, who has come through the Oman Sail training programme and this year has made his debut as a full time crew member, while Kinley Fowler (AUS), an experienced match racer will continue to call the team’s tactics, with David Carr (GBR), who sailed with Ainslie as part of Team Origin, Britain’s America’s Cup team as Oman Air’s Trimmer. Nasser Al Mashari is looking forward to sailing with Ainslie. 'I am very excited about the new team, I met Ben recently and I am so thrilled to be sailing with him. He is known around the world as an incredibly talented sailor. We will work hard during our training days in Trapani to find the right team dynamic and get used to sailing together, and Inshallah, we will have some good results on the water.'

Several past and present America’s Cup teams competing in the Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 in Muscat, Oman 2011 -  Lloyd Images?nid=88122_©   Click Here to view large photo

The 11 international teams competing in the Extreme Sailing Series now have an intense period in Europe with back to back events taking place between September and mid October. After Trapani the teams head off to Nice, in the heart of the French Rivera, from the 30th September, before travelling the 1,482 km along the coast to Almeria in Spain, for five days of racing from the 12th October. The Extreme Sailing Series draws to a conclusion in Singapore, in December.

Oman as a nation has dominated the Extreme Sailing Series for the last two years, with Oman Sail Masirah claiming victory at the European and Asian Series in 2009, and The Wave, Muscat claiming the European title in 2010. Both of Oman Sail’s entries in the 2011 Series, Oman Air and The Wave, Muscat, have an Omani national onboard, with Nasser Al Mashari making his debut as a full time Bowman onboard Oman Air, and Khamis Al Anbouri, the man who made history in 2010 when he became the first Omani to stand on the top of the podium at an international sailing event, on board The Wave, Muscat.

Oman Sail website www.omansail.com




by Sail-World

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=88122

6:03 AM Mon 5 Sep 2011 GMT






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


News - USA and the World







Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,




























































ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Laser images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Ioannis Mitakis leads Finns after day 1
RC44 Cascais Cup - Fresh faces join the line-up
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Excellent racing on opening day
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Images by Yvan Zedda and Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Franck Socha
Hyeres World Cup: Kiwis lead but Outteridge Jensen back in 49er fray
Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Race day 1 ready for lift off
Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Day 3 an absolute gem
Quantum Key West 2015 dates confirmed
Flying Tigers 'Psych' - on Lake Lanier they pronounce it Zhik
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Anticipation intensifies as start nears
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 11 start images by Chuck Lantz
27th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - Big breeze on the butterfly
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi
Clipper Round The World Race - A flying start on Day 1 of Race 11
Cammas on Caudrelier – different styles, same objective
Clipper Race - Californian crew member continues fundraising journey
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 2 images by Jude Robertson   
Les Voiles de St Barth - Images by Christophe Jouany   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet sets sail in race 11   
Congressional Cup - Canfield and Team US One best star-studded field   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 11 to get underway to Panama   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 1 images by Jude Robertson   
Rolex China Sea Race - Hi Fi collects the coveted IRC Overall title   
Rolex China Sea Race - First arrivals in Subic Bay   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - a sniff of a hat-trick for Neil Pryde   
America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Switzerland drops trou for charity   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - 27th edition underway   
Rolex China Sea Race - Ragamuffin 90 claims line honours victory   
Saturday June 21st will feature the 39th One More time Regatta   
Rolex China Sea Race - Ragamuffin 90 extends unassailable lead   
Rolex China Sea Race - Commanding lead for Ragamuffin   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - An amazing fleet of traditional yachts   
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Freshwater adventure on tap   
Why the 49er class is pushing hard to get finals format changed +Video   


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.
X6XL WAS US