French legend Cammas joins Oman Sail
Oman Sail has roped in French sailing hero Franck Cammas to manage its Diam 24 multihull and Figaro campaigns next year. Cammas is one of France's most accomplished sailor and will join the race squads during the 2019 season as Oman Sail looks to build on its successful global sailing programme.
The 45 year old is a former Jules Verne Trophy holder and has led Groupama Team France in the America's Cup. He has achieved victories in the Volvo Ocean Race, Tour de France a la Voile, Transat Jacques Vabre, Route du Rhum and Solitaire du Figaro, as well as six ORMA trimaran world championships.
A sailor with world records to his credit, he will co-ordinate Oman Sail’s activities in France through his company Franck Cammas Racing and skipper a Diam 24 team during the season.
“Oman Sail has great vision and potential, so it was an easy and natural decision for me to become involved,” said Cammas.
“It is a big challenge and it marks a turning point in Oman Sail’s history. Until now the
programme had the ambition to train Omani crew members but now it wants to produce Omani skippers, who are self-sufficient and technically proficient.”
Cammas will join regular members of the Oman Sail team, including Ali al Balushi and Hussein al Jabri among others, on the Diam 24 project which will feature three campaigns – one an all-women team – culminating in the Tour Voile next July.
Racing for the Diam teams kicks-off in February with EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour in Oman, which will include a fourth all-Omani squad.
Meanwhile two new Figaro campaigns will have Omani sailors - Ali al Balushi, Sami al Shukaili and Mohammed al Mujaini – on board.
Oman Sail CEO David Graham welcomed the French star and said, “Having Franck join us at Oman Sail is a great moment and one that I believe will produce real benefits for our sailors, and help us achieve our goals.
“Having just marked our tenth anniversary, we can reflect on our successful progress towards rekindling Oman’s long maritime heritage and making our mark racing competitively all over the world. Franck will make a real contribution as that journey continues.”
Cammas was born 1972 in Aix-en-Provence to parents Elaine and Yves, both teachers, before the family moved to Marseille.
Like many youngsters growing up in France, a country that holds sailing on the same level as major sports like football and rugby, Cammas learnt to sail as a child, taking to the waters of Marseille’s Vieux Port in an Optimist dinghy.
Two years of studying maths followed on from general education but the call of the sea was too much for the young Cammas, and so he began what was to become one of the most glittering sailing careers of recent times.
In 1997, at the age of 24, Cammas announced his arrival on the offshore sailing world stage with a win in the Figaro du Solitaire, a 1,600-mile race around Europe, beating many of France’s best solo sailors in the process. Famed for his success in multihulls, Cammas decided to take his career down a different path in 2009, announcing a switch to monohulls for a shot at winning the Volvo Ocean Race.
He is known for his perfectionism and ruthless single-minded drive and determination. In 2017, Cammas was involved in the America's Cup as a skipper for Groupama Team France.
A recipient of the prestigious Legion d’Honneur, Cammas also loves mountaineering and cycling, and even found time before the start of the 2011 race to complete the Etape du Tour.