Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Musandam-Oman Sail breaks world record  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 21/08/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Musandam-Oman Sail set a world record for sailing around Britain and Ireland on Thursday when it shaved 16 minutes off the previous record to clinch the top honours in the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race (RBIR) after three days of action.

Sidney Gavignet and his crew of Damian Foxall Fahad al Hasni Sami al Shukaili Yassir al Rahbi and Jan Dekker crossed the Cowes finish line on Thursday afternoon. Their time for the 1956 nautical-mile course was three days three hours 32 minutes and 36 seconds - it was just 16m38s faster than the previous world record set by Banque Populaire 5 in 2011.

group-pic-of-Musandam-team

The Musandam-Oman Sail members celebrate after completing the race

Musandam- Oman Sail averaged an impressive 23.8 knots all the way round the course. 'We didn't realise we had broken the record until we crossed the finish line' said Gavignet. 'We got to St Catherine's two hours before doing 30 knots but suddenly there was a cloud around and no wind. So we thought our chances had gone. But we kept working on it and finally we made it 16 minutes before the time limit.'

Musandam-Oman Sail also knocked a massive two days 17 hours and 52 minutes off the RBIR record of five days 21 hours 26 minutes and 55 seconds set by Franck Cammas' monohull Groupama in 2010. Musandam-Oman Sail was racing with three Omani sailors in a crew of six with Shukaili and Rahbi joining Oman Sail's flagship boat just one month prior to the race. 'It was my dream to race on the MOD70 when I joined Oman Sail' said Shukaili.

'I pushed myself hard to lose weight and to train hard every day to get into shape for the MOD70. Fahad gave me a big push to sail with him.' Gavignet paid tribute to his Omani crew members especially his two new recruits. 'They were not seasick which is impressive and did not get tired and showed fantastic attitude. They picked up a lot of things on this trip and gained valuable experience. We have found two new Omani sailors which is great for us great for them and great for Oman Sail."

David Graham CEO of Oman Sail said 'This record is a testament to hard work all around. Sidney and Damian have dedicated much of their time training our Omani squad in all aspects of offshore sailing. The Omani sailors have soaked that up over the last couple of seasons and worked hard in self-improvement. I am delighted for all the sailors.'

Foxall Musandam-Oman Sail's co-skipper said "The hard thing about a race record as opposed to a course record is that with a course record you can wait until the weather is perfect. But in the racing format you don't have that option - it is an amazing coincidence that we have had favourable tides and weather patterns when this race was taking place.'

Hasni who has been with Musandam-Oman Sail from 2012 said 'It was good fun and it is great to come back with the record and to have the boat in one piece.'


 


Muscat Daily




  MENA News Headlines
 Jul 28 2016 - Syrian Pres. offers amnesty to those who lay down armsKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) AMMAN, July 28 (KUNA) -- Syrian President granted amnesty for those who lay down their weapons and turn themselves in to the authorities, said a news source ...

 Jul 28 2016 - France to form forces to protect citizensKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) PARIS, July 28 (KUNA) -- French President Francois Hollande confirmed that a National Guard would be formed from existing reserve forces to better protect ...

 Jul 28 2016 - EU calls for pause in fighting in AleppoKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) BRUSSELS, July 28 (KUNA) -- The EU called Thursday for an immediate "humanitarian pause" in fighting in Aleppo in Syria to ensure medical evacuations and the ...

 Jul 28 2016 - PKK kills 2 Turkish policemen in Hakkari southeast regionKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) ISTANBUL, July 28, (KUNA) -- Two Turkish policemen were killed and 15 others were injured after a car bomb exploded in the southeast province of Hakkari, said a ...

 Jul 28 2016 - Syrian Pres. offers amnesty to those who lay down armsKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) AMMAN, July 28 (KUNA) -- Syrian President granted amnesty for those who lay down their weapons and turn themselves in to the authorities, said a news source ...

 Jul 28 2016 - Kuwait- KSE ends Thursday trading with mix boardsKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, July 28 (KUNA) -- The trading at Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) ended Thursday with the benchmark going down by 1.17 points, hitting 5,460.73 points. The ...

 Jul 28 2016 - Kuwait- KRCS launches food project for refugees in LebanonKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) BEIRUT, July 28 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS), in cooperation with the Lebanese Red Cross, launched Thursday the 13th campaign to provide food for ...

 Jul 28 2016 - Kuwait- Al-Ghanim receives Acting chief of Audit Bureau, U.S. envoyKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, July 28 (KUNA) -- National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim received, in his office Thursday, Acting chief of the Audit Bureau Adel Al-Sarawi. The ...

 Jul 28 2016 - France to form forces to protect citizensKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) PARIS, July 28 (KUNA) -- French President Francois Hollande confirmed that a National Guard would be formed from existing reserve forces to better protect ...

 Jul 28 2016 - Sadafco solar power system sees the lightMENAFN
(MENAFN) Sadafco has given the go-ahead for its new photovoltaic-diesel hybrid system that delivers up to 40% of its Riyadh Regional Distribution Centre's daytime energy requirements.Saudia Dairy and ...

more...


 





Google

Easy Forex

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help