With all of the preparation for Act 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series completed, the only task left for Max Bulger and Team Oman Air is to sail their best.
- Find talented and experienced boat captain to spend month of January working with Omani shore crew to re-fit boat - Assemble five crew members from England, Oregon, Massachusetts, a boat off the coast of Panama, and Muscat in Mussanah, Oman - Train for 7 days out of Marina Bandar Al Rowdha (one Brit and one Omani have a week to teach three Americans how to sail Extreme 40s) - Greet boatbuilders, who have just stepped off a 12-hour flight, with the news that they have three days to fix brand-new giant hole in transom
Team Oman Air makes it to Muscat, the capital of Oman and home to Oman Sail, after being escorted away from the Sultan's private waterway by the Coast Guard.
It was a long day in the sun, but we’ve officially made the transfer south to Muscat. We left our temporary home in at the Marina Bandar Al Rowdha in Mussanah at 8:30 (after a slightly frustrating wait for the fuel dock to open) and towed all 80 feet of Oman Air’s hulls three hours south to the regatta site. Charlie and I rode on the trampoline while Morgan and Joe drove the RIB, and Will coordinated the shoreside logistics of moving our containers with help from shore crew Tim, Halal, and Mohammed. Nasser, our bowman who lives in Muscat, met us at the venue.
Max Bulger discovers that it’s not as easy as it looks to fend off a 40-foot cat during practice in Mussanah, Oman, with Team Oman Air.
My last dispatch from the airport was less than a week ago, but I feel like I’ve been in Oman for ages. Not in a bad way—the days are slipping by distressingly fast, actually— it’s just that Team Oman Air has become completely immersed in our little satellite world in the desert.
Team Sanya, skippered by Mike Sanderson from New Zealand during Leg 4.
The start of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Sanya, China, to Auckland, NZ, is delayed due to treacherous weather conditions, making it the first time a postponement has ever occured in the Race's history.
Ryan O'Grady, a veteran follower of the Volvo Ocean Race and a top amateur sailor, is providing regular insight and analysis on the 2011-'12 Volvo Ocean Race for SailingWorld.com.
Catching up on some reading during a long layover in Frankfurt.
Max Bulger, a 21-year-old Tufts undergrad, heads to Muscat, Oman, for the first Act of the Extreme Sailing Series.
The first thought I had when I woke up this morning was: "Just another casual Thursday afternoon flight to Muscat. Good thing I'm packed and got a full night's sleep, but it's too bad I'm stuck spending the next two weeks sailing boring old Extreme 40s."
After helping with RC duties for the Potomac River Sailing Association Laser fleet, I have a newfound respect for those who run races.
What would you rather do? Race or do race committee? Well, the answer is pretty easy. We go to the trouble of buying boats, maintaining them, practicing with them, and spending down marital credits to disappear for a day—the price varies according to season, mood, and the behavior of children—because we want to sail and compete against other sailors.
So lots of sailors moan about, bitch about, and even actively shirk their race committee duty, even though it's glaringly obvious that if there is no race committee, there is no racing.
Luna Rossa Challenge tests out its new Prada-branded AC45, minus the 4-meter wing extension that will be used in light-air races starting in April, on the Hauraki Gulf off Auckland, New Zealand.
A competitors' forum in Auckland highlights the progress made by America's Cup Race Management, and the long way still to go.
Details of the new-look America’s Cup competition slated for San Francisco are still emerging and much remains to be discussed. That was the measured but optimistic report from Iain Murray, head of America’s Cup Race Management, after the latest teams’ forum held today in Auckland, New Zealand.