September 2019, Verona, ONA: Oman Air’s boat won second place at the end of the penultimate round of the GC32 Riva Cup 2019, tying with its rival, the leader Swiss team Alenge, with 45 points each.
The event was held at Reva Garda lake Frahlia Vela in Italy.
The penultimate fourth round witnessed a strong competition between the Oman Air boat and the leader Swiss team, Alenge, where the Omani team has dominated the final day’s activities by winning the majority of the races.
The Veteran Omani sailor, Nasser Al Ma’ashri, was delighted to be crowned in second place. He said, “Our ambition was to win more points in the 19 races where the team participated in, especially on the last day’s races, where the team showed its high skills and performance, and managed to win the majority of the last day’s races.”
The anticipation is building up for the upcoming days, looking forward to the final round of the championship which will be hosted by the Sultanate of Oman in Muscat, during November 5-9 2019.
The Oman Air team managed to win the first round by achieving its first victory in the opening of the new season of the International Sail Championship GC32, which was held in May at Villasiminios beaches, southeastern tip of Sardinia island, Italy.
The team also obtained fifth place in Lagos’ tour of Portugal in June, and was crowned the third round of the cup in Palma de Mallorca in last August.
The four days of the fourth/penultimate round has seen strong performances and high competitive levels among the participating teams, since their aim was to gain more points and to strengthen their positions in the overall standings. The Oman Air team managed to win on the last day the first three races, and achieved second and third place in the next two races. It tied with the Swiss team Alenge, where the difference in the points between them reached four points in the past three days.
Finally, the Swiss Alenge won the fourth round with 45 points, followed by Oman Air in second with the same points, while Red Bull of Denmark came third with 58 points, and the French team Zulu came fourth with 68 points.
Al Ma’ashri added, “We will do our best to win the final round, which will be held in the Sultanate of Oman, where we hope that the Oman Air team will be crowned with the 2019 International Sail Championship GC32.”