Team Renaissance aims for podium finish at EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour

Since Fahad al Hasni first competed in the inaugural EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour (EFG SATT) in 2011, he dreamt of standing at the top of the podium, having won with a team of Omani sailors.

In 2017, in his seventh attempt for the title, he will get his best chance as skipper of Team Renaissance, which is sponsored by the Omani multinational oil and gas company and comprises 90 per cent Omani talent with French navigator Guillaume Berenger having to brush up on his Arabic to offer directions.

“We have consistently finished in the top half of the fleet, with a fourth last year. So, it would be great to be on the podium this time,” said Hasni, who has become Oman’s most accomplished offshore sailor with the Round Ireland World Speed Record among his many accolades.

Hasni said, “I have always found EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour challenging and with a 90 per cent Omani crew, it will test of our skills even more.”

His Omani crew features some familiar faces including three teammates from Oman Sail’s MOD70 Musandam-Oman Sail Sami al Shukaili, Ali al Balushi and Yasir al Rahbi, all experienced EFG SATT campaigners.

He added, “Abdul al Mashari, member of Team Renaissance last year, and Akram al Wahaibi will also be on board. I like pushing the guys to the limit since I know we are good as a team and we can get the most out of each race, whether we are inshore or offshore.

“We train very hard to be ready to face any challenge but the main reason for doing EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour is to improve our overall sailing skills and get to be on the podium.”

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