Muscat to stage GC32 Racing Tour decider

September 04, 2019

Oman Sail's reputation as world-class hosts has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Be it hosting world championships or organising top-class adventure events like UTMB or Haute Route, the success has only underlined its credentials.

So when the GC32 Racing Tour decided on Monday that the final event of the 2019 Tour will be held in Muscat, it came as no surprise.

Sailing enthusiasts will be treated to some high-performance foiling catamarans for the Oman Cup on the open waters of Al Mouj Marina in Muscat from November 5-9.

And a solid performance by Oman Air on home waters could be the icing on the cake with the overall title in sight.

After the conclusion of three events, Oman Air leads the overall standings with five points with two wins and one third-place finish while Alinghi, the Swiss team, is second with five points but just one win and two runner-up spots.

A title win for Oman Air would be a perfect gift for Oman Sail as the organisation, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary year.

It is a prospect that delights Oman Air skipper Adam Minoprio. The Kiwi said, "The whole Oman Air crew is looking forward to finishing the GC32 Racing Tour in front of home supporters in Muscat.

“We are leading the Tour and it would be fantastic if we could win the title in Oman this November. We will be going all out to make that happen."

The Oman Air crew includes long-standing Omani sailor Nasser al Mashari.

Prior to the Oman Cup, teams will battle out on Lake Garda, Italy later this month.

Welcoming the GC32 Racing Tour final to Oman, Oman Sail CEO David Graham said, “We are delighted that the Tour will reach its conclusion here in Oman, and we can guarantee that all the teams and their supporters will receive the warm hospitality that the country is rightly famed for.

“The crews that have raced here before, particularly with the Extreme Sailing Series (ESS), know that Oman’s exceptional conditions are ideally suited to the high-speed flying GC32 catamarans, with the breeze in November ranging from ten to 14 knots.”

Muscat and Al Mouj Marina have been a regular host venue since 2009 of the now defunct ESS.

Manager of the GC32 Racing Tour, Christian Scherrer said, “We are looking forward to returning to Muscat for the last event of the season.

“The GC32s and the GC32 Class have a long relationship both with Oman as a host country for our events as well as the local team Oman Air, which has been a member of the class since 2016.

“Organising the last event of the season in Oman also gives us the opportunity to keep the boats there over the European winter and organise not just winter storage and refits but also training events.”