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Despite the Transat Jacques Vabres’ best efforts to scrub the Oman Sail Classe 40 entry from their website and the boat itself from the docks, multiple French news outlets reported this morning that co-skipper Fahad Al Hasani was in a Le Havre jail cell after being arrested for an alleged sexual assault on a French woman last night.

Suffice to say this explosive scandal has the potential to put a dagger in the heart of the Oman Sail program that’s already been reeling after last year’s loss of sailor Mohammad Al Alawi.

One source characterized the situation as a ‘misunderstanding’, so let’s hope the authorities get to the bottom of it rapidly and justice is served.

Chatter in the TJV thread.


November 5th, 2017 by admin

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oman mob.pngBREAKING NEWS: We are just learning of this… From an Anarchist berthed in Venice, catching snippets from VHF about MOB from “Oman Sail Multihull” in the Adriatic. The sailor is Mohammed Al Alawi, 26. Apparently he was not wearing a life jacket.

Only getting half the conversation from the MRCC side as ships are checking in to assist, at least 2 on scene at the moment.

Position sounded like 44 03N, 014 02E putting them just below the TSS heading up the Adriatic. Listen to the audio from onboard Oman


October 6th, 2015 by admin

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Sydney Gavignet’s Oman Sail Musandem took line honors in the Round Britain and Ireland Race just past noon today, with a final time of 3 days, 3 hours, and 33 minutes (rounding up a touch).  This breaks the existing race record of the Volvo 70 Groupama by days, and beats the nearly twice-as-long Banque Populaire V’s absolute course record by around 16 minutes.  While technically it seems the RBI course may not comport with the WSSRC’s rules on a RBI record, we hope it stands; this is a giant-killing effort that saw a top speed of an incredible 43 knots…just fucking stellar!

One Design Spread

Meanwhile, the Volvo 65s are busting some big misconceptions; the first is that ‘One Design’ always means ‘close racing’; as you can see from the tracker, it doesn’t mean that at all – unless you are one of the three boats bringing up the rear.  Ian Walker is running away aboard Abu Dhabi with Iker and Mich Dej well behind, and the final trio in another time zone.  While generalizing from a single race is silly, it’s interesting to us that two boats at the opposite end of the preparation curve – Azzam with more than a year of prep time and Campos with around a month – are leading, while the boat with the most time on the water (SCA) is fighting for DFL with two other new entries.

The second misconception is about their speed, long thought to be significantly slower than a Volvo 70.  Sure, they’ve got perfect angle/gale force conditions unlikely to revisit this race for decades, but either Walker or Martinez is going to break Franck Cammas’ monohull record.  That ain’t slow.  Neither is the Volvo 70 Monster Project, nearly 100 miles behind the back marker VOD 65s, nor is Brian Thompson’s Open 60 Artemis, which is nearly 200 miles back.

Not Your Daddy’s Class 40

Remember when the Class 40 was designed to sail around the world as a cruiser or racer?  Tough as nails, cost-controlled, and bulletproof, right?  They’ve come a long way, baby – both in speed and in frailty.  Four of the five Class 40s are out, including the brand new Mach 2 Stella Nova and the slightly older but hells-quick Concise, which were both crushing the 50-footers until they bowed out with damage.  Get your shit together, Class 40 designers/builders!

Great shot from Mark Lloyd/

August 14th, 2014 by admin

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Update: There are few dropouts. Check it!

There’s only one multihull on the punishing 1800 NM course for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, and as you can see from this Lloydie pic, she is on a rampage!  Sydney Gavignet and a mixed pro-racer/Omani learner crew have averaged over 30 knots for the first few hours of the race in 30+ knots of SE’ly breeze that make up the remnant low of Hurricane Bertha. Sydney had already decided to postpone his MOD 70’s start to wait for the worst the breeze when organizers postponed the entire start by a day to keep the big boats from smashing into 50+ knots as they passed the tip of Scotland; as it is, the little boats mostly get screwed; good thing there are only a couple of those!  The change in official start time means that the RBI course record will most definitely fall; it’s one of very few outright benchmarks still owned by a monohull; in this case, Franck Cammas’ Groupama 70.  And if Gavignet can’t beat a Volvo 70’s time with a MOD 70 on any course in any ocean in any breeze, he needs a replacement!  (We kid…if Oman holds together, Syd should easily shave a day or more off Cammas’ 5d21h time).

In the highly anticipated Volvo on Volvo on Volvo on Volvo on Volvo matchup, every boat except Alvimedica has held the lead in the early hours.  140811_SSRBI_Start_037The girls on SCA showed they’re going for it all the time, taking a solid lead at the start, only to be rolled by Team Dongfeng and later, the rest of the fleet.  Now it’s a neck-and-neck battle between Abu Dhabi and Team Campos with Dongfeng just behind, while Alvimedica and SCA have fallen well behind.

 Talk smack in the RBI thread here, and track ’em all over here. Hit up Lloydie’s Facebook Page to see what else he comes up with in an assortment of helicopters and RIBs as he chases them around the foggy isles for the next week.

August 11th, 2014 by admin