Franck Cammas to Add his Skills, Experience to Oman Sail Campaigns in 2019

Muscat, The renowned French yachtsman

Franck Cammas has joined the Oman Sail team to manage their

ongoing Diam and new Figaro campaigns next year. Cammas will also

join the race squads during the 2019 season as Oman Sail looks to

build on its successful global sailing programme.

Regarded as one of the highest-profile sailors of his generation,

Cammas, 45, has a glowing racing CV which includes victories in the

Volvo Ocean Race, Tour de France a la Voile, Transat Jacques Vabre,

Route du Rhum and Solitaire du Figaro, as well as six Orma multihull

championships, many supported by the French company Groupama.

He will co-ordinate Oman Sail’s activities in France through his

company Franck Cammas Racing and skipper a Diam 24 during the

season.

Oman Sail has great vision and potential, so it was an easy and

natural decision for me to become involved, said Cammas.

It is a big challenge and it marks a turning point in Oman Sail’s history.

Until now the programme had the ambition to train first class crew

members, now it wants to produce skippers, Omani sailors who are

self-sufficient and technically proficient.

Oman Sail’s 2019 programme will prove a good fit for his

experience and expertise as it includes both Diam 24 multihull and

Figaro campaigns.

Cammas will join regular members of the Oman Sail team,

including Ali Al Balushi and Hussein Al Jabri among others, on the

Diam project which will feature three campaigns � one an all-female

team � culminating in the Tour Voile next July. Racing for the Diam

teams kicks-off in February with EFG Sailing Arabia � The Tour in

Oman, which will include a fourth all-Omani squad.

Cammas is straightforward on his ambitions for the Tour Voile:

We will aim high and do everything we can to do well.

Meanwhile two new Figaro campaigns have the goal of

continuing the all-round offshore development of Omani sailors with Ali

Al Balushi, Sami Al Shukaili and Mohammed Al Mujaini all part of an

ongoing selection process. The projects will start as double-handed

and eventually, when the Omani sailors are considered ready, will

evolve to singlehanded with the long-term aim of participation in a

major offshore race.

Oman Sail CEO David Graham said: Having Franck join us at

Oman Sail is a great moment and one that I believe will produce real

benefits for our sailors, and help us achieve our goals.

Having just marked our 10th anniversary, we can reflect on our

successful progress towards rekindling Oman’s long maritime heritage

and making our mark racing competitively all over the world. Franck will

make a real contribution as that journey continues.

Oman Sail has recently been able to celebrate winning the

inaugural World Diam Tour title, and finishing a competitive runner-up

in the global Extreme Sailing Series, in which Oman Sail teams share

top spot as the most successful in the competition.

The ongoing improvement of young Omani sailors from Oman

Sail’s four schools and youth squad was also recognised this year

when Oman was awarded a place at the Youth Olympic Games in

Buenos Aires, a significant step towards the long-term ambition of

qualifying for the Olympic sailing event.

Oman Sail has also competed offshore in the Class 40 fleet this

year, and still holds the outright Round Britain and Ireland Race record

set in 2014 by the 70-foot Musandam-Oman Sail trimaran.

Source: Oman News Agency