Oman all set to wel­come teams for 16th Arab Cup

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The tour­na­ment will be held from Au­gust 15-20. More than 100 play­ers will be in ac­tion in U12, U15, U18, U21 and se­nior cat­e­gories

Hav­ing achieved its first Act win of the 2017 Ex­treme Sail­ing Se­ries in Barcelona, Spain, re­cently af­ter three suc­ces­sive third-place fin­ishes, Oman Air will be high on con­fi­dence as it pre­pares for the fifth Act of the 2017 Ex­treme Sail­ing Se­ries in Ham­burg, Ger­many, from Au­gust 10-13.

Ham­burg will be an op­por­tu­nity for Oman Air to con­sol­i­date its po­si­tion on the over­all leader­board as it is third with 42 points, trail­ing joint lead­ers, SAP Ex­treme Sail­ing Team and Alinghi, who have 43 each.

The Oman Air crew of skip­per Phil Robert­son, Pete Green­halgh, Nasser al Mashari, James Wierzbowski and Ed Smyth, will hope to con­tinue with their good work that took them to thrilling vic­tory in Barcelona.

“Barcelona was a gamechanger for us,” said Green­halgh. “We re­ally felt some­thing had to hap­pen there. We had to have a top-two re­sult to be in with a chance at the se­ries, so com­ing away with a win was a goal achieved.”

Omani bow­man Mashari said, “Win­ning in Barcelona was great for us. We can now go into Ham­burg am­bi­tious – we are all re­ally happy and look­ing for­ward to it.”

Fol­low­ing Ham­burg, the se­ries moves to Cardiff at the end of the month. The sea­son con­tin­ues in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia, in Oc­to­ber, be­fore con­clud­ing in Los Ca­bos, Mex­ico, at the end of Novem­ber.

Also on dis­play in Ham­burg is the high-speed ac­tion of the Fly­ing Phan­tom Se­ries.

The Oman Sail en­try crew com­prises Thomas Nor­mand and Ahmed al Hasani and will be seek­ing to im­prove on their cur­rent fifth place in the 13-strong fleet, fol­low­ing stages in Madeira and Barcelona.

Win­ning in Barcelona was great for us. We can now go into Ham­burg am­bi­tious Nasser al Mashari

A file photo of Oman Air in ac­tion dur­ing the 2017 Ex­treme Sail­ing Se­ries

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