Oman Air hopes for a good show in Cascais

Oman Air goes into the mid-season fight for the Extreme Sailing Series honours with its  confidence high following its runner-up finish in Act Three in Barcelona couple of weeks ago.

Hosted by the Clube Naval de Cascais as part of its 80th anniversary celebrations, the Act promises big breeze and big competition, as the teams race for precious series points off the Atlantic coast of Portugal.

The Oman Air crew, skippered by Phil Robertson, is currently placed at overall third place with 32 points while Alinghi and SAP Extreme Sailing Team are tied on 33 points apiece ahead of the Oman team. 

Robertson, will be looking to put in a repeat performance in Cascais, following a second-place finish in Barcelona.

“We’ve been fighting hard to be ready for Cascais,” he said. “The focus for Oman Air has been on getting the boat back to her prime, then the racing comes next.”

The Omani team had its boat taken out of action on the third day of the Barcelona Act, following contact on the racecourse with Red Bull Sailing Team in race No 18.

The experienced Oman Air crew comprises Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson and Nasser al Mashari. 

“We are well placed on the overall season table and we know that a good result here could perhaps see us move to the top spot,” said Mashari, Oman Air’s experienced bowman.

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