Oman Sail team claims fifth spot

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Oman Sail Diam 24 Team failed to bet­ter its pre­vi­ous edi­tion's fifth place fin­ish as the gru­elling Tour de France à la Voile (TDV) con­cluded in Nice, France, on Satur­day.

Fon­da­tion FDJ - Des Mains et Des Pieds won the top hon­ours and was fol­lowed by Tre­sors de Tahiti with Bei­jaflore Sail­ing com­plet­ing the podium. Team SFS fin­ished fourth.

Af­ter 23-days of in­tense sail­ing, the Oman Sail team bat­tled hard on the fi­nal day af­ter it qual­i­fied for the Su­per Fi­nal race that fea­tured the eight best teams.

But the team, skip­pered jointly by Great Bri­tain's dou­bleO­lympic sailor Ste­vie Mor­ri­son and French­man Thierry Douil­lard, could only end up fifth in the fi­nal race to fin­ish over­all fifth. “We missed the podium so we are a bit frus­trated for sure,” said skip­per Douil­lard.

“But to be hon­est we did not lose the podium in the fi­nal race, we lost it when we did not make a cou­ple of the fi­nals ear­lier in the Tour, but that is all part of the game. It is more im­por­tant to em­pha­sise that the guys worked re­ally hard and well to­gether, and we were al­ways in con­tention. We had a great time to­gether and a good Tour over­all.”

Be­sides Mor­ri­son and Douil­lard, the squad fea­tured ex­pe­ri­enced Omani sailors Ali al Balushi and Ab­dul­rah­man al Mashari, and French race ace Mathieu Richard, the race crew ro­tat­ing over the nine Acts.

“The rac­ing was very close through­out the whole Tour. We can be proud of fifth place in such a com­pet­i­tive fleet,” said Balushi.

Af­ter the fifth-place in the fi­nal race, Mor­ri­son said, “It was a great race fun­da­men­tally. But if you leave it to the last there’s an el­e­ment of chance, that’s why a sail­ing event isn’t just one race. We’re frus­trated but we sailed a good race to­day. We had a bad furl which we didn’t see in time. That turned into a loss of 100m so that was a team mis­take.”

The Tour de France à la Voile started in Dunkirk on July 7, and has seen a high-in­ten­sity mix of coastal and in­shore sta­dium rac­ing at nine venues around the At­lantic and Mediter­ranean coasts of France and Spain.

Oman Sail had climbed as high as third on the leader­board in the course of the clas­sic event.

Oman Sail Diam 24 Team in ac­tion in Nice, France, on Satur­day

The Oman Sail Diam 24 Team mem­bers cel­e­brate their fifth-place fin­ish in Nice, France, on Satur­day

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