Leigh McMillan's Oman Sail crew crowned champions in 2012 Extreme Sailing Series

Since the Extreme 40 season kicked off in Muscat in February 2012, where Oman
Air skipper Morgan Larsen started his Extreme 40 career auspiciously with an
outright victory, there have been 209 races completed in total though no
racing was possible at Trapani in September due to persistently light winds.

A fifth place in the final race in Rio was sufficient for Larsen to take third
in Rio which put in second place overall.

“It was a challenging day, and as I said to the guys just now, it is a
testament to the characters of the people on the boat that they’re all
fighters and they kept fighting even when things didn’t go our way,” he said.

“In the end we are really pleased. We did the best we possibly could overall.
We have a bright future.”

Oman Sail, which was set up in 2008 to use sailing as a platform to promote
Oman around the world, had two boats in the top three in 2009 when Pete
Cumming’s Oman Sail Masirah triumphed over perennial challengers Groupe
Edmonde de Rothschild, who will not be competing in 2013.

The Wave Muscat, skippered by Paul Campbell James won in 2010 but last year,
when the competition was dominated by teams using the series as a warm up to
the America’s Cup World Series, the Omani teams including Ben Ainslie’s Oman
Air, failed to make it onto the podium.

The 2013 Extreme Sailing Series starts again in February when Muscat hosts the
opening act. Dates and venues will be announced before the end of the year
with the line up of teams due to be unveiled at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in
January.


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