(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Two Oman Sail squads onboard the J80 and M34 boats are taking part in the Normandy Sailing Week, which began off the harbour of Le Havre in France on Monday.
While the M34 team under Sidney Gavignet will use the event as the final preparation ahead of the Tour de France a la Voile (TDV) from July 4-28, the J80 crew, which comprises mainly women sailors, will hope to gain experience by competing in a fleet of 250 boats at the French J80 Cup.
The Oman Sail M34 crew comprises Omani and European sailors and is competing against a top-class line-up that includes Groupama Team, Courrier Dunkerque 3, Nantes-Saint Nazaire, Tpm-Coych and Credit Mutuel Bretagne Elite.
The seven teams also competed in a training race on Monday. Nantes Saint-Nazaire bagged the top spot, Oman Sail took the second place and Groupama completed the podium. For the J80 crew, the action begins on Friday.
After the participation in Normandy that concludes on Sunday, the team will take part in the J80 European Championships in Barcelona, Spain from June 27-July 4.