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Summary: Brest: Team Oman Sail is doggedly chasing the fleet leaders in the Tour de France ...

Brest: Team Oman Sail is doggedly chasing the fleet leaders in the Tour de France a la Voile as it goes into its second week of the marathon month long competition. The mixed Omani trainee and European professional team is delivering a consistent performance both inshore and offshore and is currently lying just four points off third placed Courrier Dunkerque 3 going into the longest leg in the history of a race that dates back to 1978. Since starting on June 29, the fleet has raced from Dunkirk to Breskens in Holland, then Dieppe and most recently Deauville for the latest round of in port and pro-am racing. Team Oman Sail has had its fair share of podium finishes putting the crew in fourth place overall going into Leg 4 that started from Deauville to Brest. "We have proved to ourselves that we can finish in the top three in this fleet, which is no mean feat!" said Nasser Al Mashari. "We are sailing consistently well and are improving all the time, the more we race, the better we get. Plus we are really enjoying the event and the challenge; the atmosphere on the boat is great, the sun is out and the wind is blowing...". The M34 is an ideal training platform for the Oman Sail initiative to get young Omanis sailing and some of their most talented sailors have sprung from the intensive offshore/inshore school of the Tour de France a la Voile. At this event, training is combined with chasing every point and inching closer to the podium. The team scored two third places at Dieppe, a fifth on the offshore from Dieppe to Deauville and a fourth in Deauville putting them just four points off third place. "Our Omani teammates have made enormous progress since last year," said French mainsail trimmer and tactician Alex Pallu. "They are very focused and take a lot of pleasure in what they are doing and learning and that is what counts!"

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Geographic Code:7OMAN
Date:Jul 11, 2013
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