(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Duqm-Oman is all set to replace Oman Air as Oman Sail's second entry in the inaugural leg of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series (ESS), which will begin at The Wave, Muscat in a week's time. According to a top Oman Sail official, the final round of talks is underway with the sponsors of the new team and an agreement is likely to be inked in the next couple of days.
The source told Muscat Daily, ''Apart from defending champion The Wave, Muscat, we were keen to have a second team. Oman Air may possibly support a team in another regatta. Duqm- Oman will be sponsored by a group of top companies operating in Duqm. We are happy to have another team in the inaugural leg.''
The source added, ''However, the decision on whether Duqm-Oman will compete in the remaining legs of the ESS is yet to be made. A lot will depend on how the team performs in Muscat.'' With Duqm-Oman set to be the second team, there is a likelihood that Oman Air'sOmani bowman, Nasser al Mashari, will be one of the key members of the crew that is likely to be unveiled shortly. Meanwhile, Team Korea became the seventh team to confirm entry for the 2013 edition, making it the first South Korean team to take part in the competition.
London Olympic silver medallist Peter Burling will be the skipper of Team Korea on its debut. The 22 year old will be the youngest skipper in the ESS fleet, but the New Zealander has already competed in two Olympic Games and has an Olympic medal in the 49er class. Joining Burling onboard will be his London 2012 49er crew member Blair Tuke of New Zealand and British Olympian Mark Bulkley. Great Britain's Matt Cornwall, an America's Cup veteran, will be the bowman.<