Oman Sail Diam 24 team placed third af­ter Act 5

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

À LA VOILE A fairly con­sis­tent per­for­mance from Oman Sail Diam 24 team has kept it on course for a podium fin­ish as the team was placed third with 451 points fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of five of the nine Acts in the 40th edi­tion of the Tour de France a la Voile (TDV) on Mon­day.

Tre­sors de Tahiti and debu­tant Team SFS were placed first and sec­ond in the 29-strong fleet with 468 and 466 points re­spec­tively. Team SFS claimed a dou­ble win when it won the Act Five Nau­ti­cal Sta­dium win off the beach of Les Sables d'Olonne in France ad­ding to the Coastal Race win. But a last-gasp gain in the Su­per Fi­nal by Tre­sors de Tahiti kept it in over­all lead.

Team Oman Sail, co-skip­pered by Ste­vie Mor­ri­son and Thierry Douil­lard, fin­ished in fifth in the Su­per Fi­nal, los­ing a place in the dy­ing breaths of the race, but re­main pleas­ingly con­sis­tent.

Mor­ri­son said, “It was a long, tough day. We are well drilled so seem to be able to stay fairly con­sis­tent. But we made a good im­prove­ment in the windier stuff. But we did not maybe feel quite as quick in the lighter stuff later in the day.”

The sta­dium rac­ing was off the busy beach of Les Sables d’Olonne and started in 14-15 knots.

Douil­lard said, “The last cou­ple of days have been pretty tough and the wind con­di­tions have made it very un­pre­dictable. We were not per­fect but we again made it through to the grand fi­nal in Les Sables, and if we can keep on do­ing that then we can go well. Ev­ery­one on the team is happy, and we know that we are not at our ab­so­lute best yet, but we are very close.”

“We are be­hind Tahiti and SFS but points can be lost just like that, so we will stay fo­cused,” said Douil­lard, a pre­vi­ous Tour win­ner.

“We have a cou­ple of days now be­fore the next event – it has been very in­tense but we are on our game and we aim to im­prove.”

The other crew mem­bers are Omani sailors Ali al Balushi and Ab­dul­rah­man al Mashari and French ace Mathieu Richard.

Af­ter a short break, the ac­tion moves to the Mediter­ranean where rac­ing will re­sume at Roses in Spain on Fri­day, quickly fol­lowed by the fi­nal events in Port Ca­mar­gue, Mar­seille and Nice.

Oman Sail Diam 24 team in ac­tion

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