Amid an intense competition featuring nice yachts, Oman Sail team, led by experienced French skipper Guillaume Le Brec, emerged on top in the race, which was also the third race of the European Trophy. Vincent Riou was the co-skipper while the other crew members were three young Omani sailors - Akram al Wahaibi, Raad al Hadi and Mohammed al Mujaini.
Only five boats could complete the 320-nautical mile course with Oman Sail winning the race in a time of one day 15 hours and 34 minutes, just 20 seconds before runner-up team The Lost Boys. Coriolis Composites-Chocolates Paries completed the podium.
Le Brec said, “It was great and nice race, a nice route. Thanks to this regatta, we’ve been training three Omani sailors in our region. Racing against The Lost Boys was very tight and intense.”
Starting and finishing in the Brittany port of La Trinite sur Mer, ArMen race featured a total of 160 boats in different classes.
“This victory is a cherry on the cake, but first and foremost this is a development project,” said skipper Le Brec.
“Mohammed, Akram and Raad displayed a great desire to learn,” he added.
The team’s victory follows a second-place finish at the four-day Grand Prix Guyader regatta earlier in the month and Oman Sail now sits in second place in the Class40 European Trophy rankings.
Jean Galfione-led Serenis Consulting of France tops the table following its win in the Grand Prix Guyader where 15 teams took part.
“This will be a long campaign for our Class40 development team and they will no doubt face many challenges and increasing competition as the year progresses. This has been a strong start and gives the campaign a firm foundation to build on,” said Neil Coxon, Oman Sail’s director of sailing.
The next event for the Oman Sail Class40 team is the 975-nautical mile
Normandy Channel Race from May 23, followed by the around the Isle of Wight race in the UK in July, and the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race in August.