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Sailing: Oman Sail trimaran team ready for Tour de France à la Voile challenge

Date Posted: 2017-07-04
Source: Times of Oman

Muscat - It is one of the European sailing season’s highest profile and most demanding events, and the Oman Sail Diam 24 team are eager for the start of the Tour de France à la Voile.

Now in its 40th year, the month long French classic starts on Friday and will take the 31 crews of the high-performance trimarans through a challenging mix of stadium and coastal racing at nine venues on the Channel, Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts.

“The Tour is both a marathon and a sprint – it is a mix of both which makes it very hard to win,” says Oman Sail co-skipper Thierry Douillard.

“There are the stadium races and then there are some long, long races, every two days you are doing a coastal race of anything between 20 and 60 miles.

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