Now we know why Loick peyron left Gitana! The Frenchman has joined the Oman Sail Extreme 40 campaign for this summer’s iShares Cup Sailing Series. Peyron, one of the most important forces behind the evolution of modern multihulls, will compete in the European Series which kicks off in Venice on 15 May. Training with the Oman Sail Racing Team in Muscat, Oman for the first time, he commented "There are several reasons why I’m very happy to be joining the Oman Sail Team in the upcoming iShares Cup, and not the least of those is the fact that I’ve always been fascinated by maritime history, traditions and heritage. So spending time in Muscat confirmed my impression that the Sultanate of Oman did have an ancient and strong seafaring tradition and the efforts developed by the Oman Sail structure to revive it are inspiring. There is definitely potential, and it’s refreshing to see so much enthusiasm. Having been around for a bit of time now, I think I have some experience worth sharing and I’ve always believed in passing down the knowledge." Full story here.