Musandam-Oman Sail set for double glory


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A tense overnight run to cover the last 200 miles to Marseille was in store for the crew of Musandam-Oman Sail in their bid to add the first offshore victory of the MOD70 European tour to the inshore series win notched up in Cascais, Portugal.

It wasn’t lack of wind which threatened the 70-foot trimaran, skippered by Sidney Gavignet, but managing strengthening wind and even thunderstorms. From the famine experienced during the earlier stages of the 1,000-mile plus leg, navigator Jeff Cuzon was saying that, while the crew would continue to push, they would also being doing no more than necessary to maintain their lead over as overall series leader Michel Desjoyeaux in Foncia was pushing hard to overtake Stève Ravussin in Race for Water.

Ravussin’s navigator is Franck Cammas, with whom Desjoyeaux’s navigator Charles Caudrelier recently won the Volvo round the world race in Groupama.