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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 01/06/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Skipper Sidney Gavignet and the MOD70 Musandam-Oman Sail's crew hope to benefit from participating in the fourth ArMen Sailing Race, which began at La Trinit-sur-Mer in France on Thursday.

The four-day race will conclude on Sunday. More than 170 teams are taking part in the event.

The ArMen Race gathers Ultimes, IMOCA, Multi50, Class40, Mini and IRC, among other boats, on a 300-360 nautical-mile racecourse from La Trinit-sur-Mer to the ArMen Lighthouse (of Sein Island).

''We love this event, it is good for the team as it is very intense. Weaving between the islands that are scattered along the course will be excellent training for us, especially for our three Omani teammates,'' said Gavignet, who is racing his third ArMen Race for Oman Sail.

''Fahad al Hasni, Ali al Balushi and Mohammed al Mujaini will all be onboard the M34 for the Tour de France a la Voile, so this is an important training opportunity for us,'' he said.

Meanwhile, the all-women team of Oman Sail is competing in the J80 class at the 13th Grand Prix Ecole Navale in Finisterre, France that will comprise a fleet of 190 boats.

The all-women crew includes the Omani trio of Raja'a al Owaisi, Ibtisam al Salmi and Nashwa al Kindi. The team is guided by British Olympic sailor Mary Rook


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