Cam­mas to add skills and ex­pe­ri­ence to Oman Sail cam­paigns in 2019

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MUS­CAT: The renowned French yachts­man Franck Cam­mas has joined the Oman Sail team to man­age their on­go­ing Diam and new Fi­garo cam­paigns next year. Cam­mas will also join the race squads dur­ing the 2019 sea­son as Oman Sail looks to build on its suc­cess­ful global sail­ing pro­gramme.

Re­garded as one of the high­est­pro­file sailors of his gen­er­a­tion, Cam­mas, 45, has a glow­ing rac­ing CV which in­cludes vic­to­ries in the Volvo Ocean Race, Tour de France a la Voile, Transat Jacques Vabre, Route du Rhum and Soli­taire du Fi­garo, as well as six Orma mul­ti­hull cham­pi­onships, many sup­ported by the French com­pany Groupama.

He will co-or­di­nate Oman Sail’s ac­tiv­i­ties in France through his com­pany Franck Cam­mas Rac­ing and skip­per a Diam 24 dur­ing the sea­son.

“Oman Sail has great vi­sion and po­ten­tial, so it was an easy and nat­u­ral de­ci­sion for me to be­come in­volved,” said Cam­mas.

“It is a big chal­lenge and it marks a turn­ing point in Oman Sail’s his­tory. Until now the pro­gramme had the am­bi­tion to train first class crew members, now it wants to pro­duce skip­pers, Omani sailors who are self­suf­fi­cient and tech­ni­cally pro­fi­cient.”

Oman Sail’s 2019 pro­gramme will prove a good fit for his ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise as it in­cludes both Diam 24 mul­ti­hull and Fi­garo cam­paigns.

Cam­mas will join reg­u­lar members of the Oman Sail team, in­clud­ing Ali al Balushi and Hus­sein al Jabri among oth­ers, on the Diam project which will fea­ture three cam­paigns — one an all-fe­male team — cul­mi­nat­ing in the Tour Voile next July. Rac­ing for the Diam teams kicks-off in Fe­bru­ary with EFG Sail­ing Ara­bia — The Tour in Oman, which will in­clude a fourth all-omani squad.

Cam­mas is straight­for­ward on his am­bi­tions for the Tour Voile: “We will aim high and do ev­ery­thing we can to do well.”

Mean­while, two new Fi­garo cam­paigns have the goal of con­tin­u­ing the all-round off­shore devel­op­ment of Omani sailors with Ali al Balushi, Sami al Shukaili and Mo­hammed al Mu­jaini all part of an on­go­ing se­lec­tion process. The projects will start as dou­ble-handed and even­tu­ally, when the Omani sailors are con­sid­ered ready, will evolve to sin­gle handed with the long-term aim of par­tic­i­pa­tion in a ma­jor off­shore race.

Oman Sail CEO David Gra­ham said: “Hav­ing Franck join us at Oman Sail is a great mo­ment and one that I be­lieve will pro­duce real ben­e­fits for our sailors, and help us achieve our goals.

“Hav­ing just marked our 10th an­niver­sary, we can re­flect on our suc­cess­ful progress to­wards rekin­dling Oman’s long mar­itime her­itage and mak­ing our mark rac­ing com­pet­i­tively all over the world. Franck will make a real con­tri­bu­tion as that jour­ney con­tin­ues.”

Oman Sail has re­cently been able to cel­e­brate win­ning the in­au­gu­ral World Diam Tour ti­tle, and fin­ish­ing a com­pet­i­tive run­ner-up in the global Ex­treme Sail­ing Se­ries, in which Oman Sail teams share top spot as the most suc­cess­ful in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The on­go­ing im­prove­ment of young Omani sailors from Oman Sail’s four schools and youth squad was also recog­nised this year when Oman was awarded a place at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, a sig­nif­i­cant step to­wards the long-term am­bi­tion of qual­i­fy­ing for the Olympic sail­ing event.

Oman Sail has also com­peted off­shore in the Class 40 fleet this year, and still holds the out­right Round Bri­tain and Ire­land Race record set in 2014 by the 70-foot Mu­san­damo­man Sail tri­maran.

Franck Cam­mas

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