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Satisfying tough day for Musandam Oman Sail.

Dublin: Saturday was a good day out on the water for Musandam-Oman Sail in Dun Laoghaire with the multi-national team from Oman upping the ante with every race to post a fourth, a third and a second in building 15-20 knot breezes in the final three of six inshore Dublin City races of the MOD70 European Tour.

A third place in the grand finale penalty shootout speed race topped a tough but satisfying day for Musandam-Oman Sail.

"It was really good out there. A fourth, third and second is a really good result in this fleet and these wind speeds.

We haven't been the best inshore and been slightly better offshore so we really upped our game with consistent starts and upwind we stayed up with the big boys which is great.

The conditions were tough but we made no major mistakes and the crew is showing that we can get better and better all the time," said British offshore legend Brian Thompson.Ee

It was a welcome bounce back for skipper Sidney Gavignet after a difficult day on Friday when Musandam-Oman Sail missed the first race after hitting a rock and having to replace the daggerboard and then clocking fifth places in the next two races in tricky light and patchy conditions.

Omani sailor Mohsin Al BusaidiEewas also happy with the team's performance in the warm summer weather which brought thousands of spectators to Dublin's East Pier today for close up views of the giant 70 foot trimarans in action.

"Today was very different for our team. We were working together well and we hope to stay like this and improve all the time for the next leg to Portugal.

We are looking forward to it as it will take us from north to south, to warmer weather and that is what we are looking forward to!" said Al Busaidi. Thompson said the team was now turning their focus to Sunday's start of Leg 2 to Cascais, Portugal.

For him it was a particularly special day as he was joined on board by the Murphy family to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the late Steve Fossett's Round Ireland record. Together they crewed the 60ft trimaran 'Lakota' to victory.

"It is the first time we have sailed together for 19 years. It was a different trimaran this time but no less special."

Daughter Annelise Murphy who raced in the 2012 Olympics for Ireland was also thrilled to be onboard Musandam-Oman Sail: "It was an amazing opportunity to get out on Oman Sail today with Brian Thompson and my mum Cathy [McAleavey].

It's a lot different to anything I have ever done, but they let me have a go on the helm, these boats are so powerful and so fast!"

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Sep 10, 2012
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