Musandam-Oman Sail skippered by Sidney Gavignet crossed the finish line of the KRYS OCEAN RACE at 22hrs 05 m 38s (00h 5m 38s French time) to take fourth place overall.
Their elapsed time for the passage from New York to Brest was 5 days 7 hours 5 mins and 38 seconds, finishing 9 hours, 57 mins and 01 secs behind Spindrift Racing, the overall race winner.
On theoretical course of 2950 miles Musandam-Oman Sail sailed an average of 23.3kts. Their actual distance sailed was 3341 miles, averaging 26.8kts.
Musandam-Oman Sail, the most recently launched MOD70, proved themselves highly competitive in this fleet, leading for a time out of New York, first under the Verrazano Bridge, and then again setting a furious pace for most of the first full day of racing, last Sunday, before they were forced to slow down after their port foil failed.
After making a temporary fix, swapping their starboard foil to fit partially into the port box, they were able to achieve good speeds but had lost too many miles on a course which ultimately offered them no strategic options to regain many miles on the leading trio.
When Musandam-Oman Sail crossed the finish line on a dirty, damp night off the Petit Minou light at the entrance to the Rade de Brest it marked the a crucial milestone in the lives and careers of Fahad Al Hasni and Mohsin Al Busaidi who became the first Omanis to complete a Transatlantic race on board an Omani boat.
“Their contribution has been immense,” said skipper Gavignet “and despite limited experience, their progress over the five express race days, deeply impressive.”
“Since they left Lorient, the difference in Fahad and Mohsin has been huge in terms of attitude, work rate, knowledge of manoeuvres and what we should be doing next,” said Gavignet.
“They have contributed hard work and good humour to our team. They have become excellent seamen and superb mariners. It’s been fantastic having them on board.”
Fahad Al Hasni said he was looking forward to spending one hour in the shower and two days sleeping.
"We are feeling so good – I am proud of my team because we did a very good job right from the start of the race. This has been a very important project for Oman Sail and I’m so proud to be involved. It is the first time that Mohsin, myself and the team have done this race and we feel we have been a small part in making a piece of Omani history.”
“First, we have achieved our goal which was just to finish the race and I think we did it well. We had a big handicap with our broken foil. I think we managed to solve the problem and keep fighting close to the maximum potential of the boat. We are in the game of teaching our Omani crew. Sometimes it is a bit scary to give them the helm when the boat is doing 25 knots but at the end we arrive not so far away. I say that the boat is absolutely in perfect shape other than the foil.”