Oman Air Team Aims to Keep that Winning Feeling at Extreme Sailing Series Finale

Muscat, Team Oman Air head to the final event

of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series in Mexico aiming to repeat their

recent success in the US and post back-to-back victories to end the

season on a high.

A further regatta win in Los Cabos would move Oman Air up the

season leaderboard, ensuring at least a second place overall and

opening up the possibility of taking the 2018 title.

As the Extreme teams head out to the Baja California resort the

Swiss crew on Alinghi top the table on 68 points, with the Danish-

flagged SAP Extreme Sailing Team second on 65 and Oman Air close

behind with 63.

Unlike the six previous events this year � including the season

opener in Muscat � the Mexican finale carries double points with 24

going to the winner.

We are capable of winning the event this year, having come second in

2017 after being close to success, said long-standing Oman Air crew

Pete Greenhalgh. The goal is to finish the season on a high!

Oman Air skipper Phil Robertson and Greenhalgh’s teammates

Stewart Dodson, James Wierzbowski and Nasser Al Mashari sailed

smart and fast to win the last event in San Diego, taking victory by a

single point ahead of long-time season leaders Alinghi.

They will hope to carry that winning momentum forward to

Mexico while acknowledging that the odds of a last-gasp title upset are

stacked against them.

However, a change in the fleet has introduced a new dynamic,

which could destabilise the existing order. Four-time Olympic gold

medallist Sir Ben Ainslie is returning to the helm of INEOS Rebels UK

for the first time this season, bringing senior members of his America’s

Cup squad with him.

While the British team are out of the running in the season

standings, they could well play a part in knocking Alinghi down the

rankings.

It means there is another dynamic on the race course in Los Cabos

which might give us a bit more of a chance, said Oman Air’s bowman

Al Mashari.

We showed what we are capable of in San Diego, and we are ready to

do it again in Mexico. We will go out, sail the best we can, and if we

can win we will see how the other results fall.

Four days of high-speed GC32 foiling catamaran racing starts in

Los Cabos on Thursday, 29 November and concludes on Sunday, 2

December.

Source: Oman News Agency