(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) With the penultimate Act of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) slated to be held in the French city of Nice from October 3-6, Leigh McMillan, helmsman and skipper of defending champion The Wave, Muscat, said that teamwork will be the key to defending the title.
After five races in the 2013 season, the Oman Sail team holds a slender one-point lead over its Swiss rival Alinghi with 46 points.
The 32 year old McMillan is one of just a handful of sailors left in the ongoing ESS who were part of the action at the outset in 2007. He took two years out, but returned for the Series in 2009 with the winning Oman Sail Masirah, before joining Mike Golding's Ecover for 2010. Half way through 2011, he took over the reins of The Wave, Muscat and hasn't looked back since.
A three-time Olympian, McMillan said, ''The key to the Series is to be able to think quickly on your feet. As things happen quickly, the reactions have to be fast. It's challenging, and teamwork is vital.''
He added, ''This [teamwork] has been a key to The Wave, Muscat's success. The crew includes two young Omani sailors - Hashim al Rashdi and Musab al Hadi - and we share excellent communications on board, which provides strength to the team.
''We are a consistent team and if that continues, then it could work well for us and we could extend our lead in Nice and then defend the title in Brazil [in the last Act of the 2013 season].''
ALL4ONE Racing Team returns:
The French-flagged ALL4ONE Racing Team will return to the ESS as the invitational team in the penultimate Act in Nice. The team had debuted in 2011 in Singapore. Jean-Christophe Mourniac will be the skipper of the team. Mourniac last sailed on the ESS in 2012 with Alinghi.