This will be the first time that America’s Cup racing will be held in the Middle East.
The Oman regatta will be the first round of 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, a point-scoring event for the 2017 America’s Cup – the oldest trophy in the international sport, and the world’s most prestigious sailing race.
Speaking at a media event at The Chedi Muscat on Sunday, Oman’s Director General of Tourism Promotion Salim Al Mamari said: “We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman here in Muscat for the first time and we are very proud and excited to welcome the America’s Cup community and its massive following to the Sultanate.”
Locally, Mona Tannous – Sultanate of Oman Tourism, Country Manager Australia & New Zealand – commented, “To have the world’s best sailors competing in the world’s most prestigious race series in Oman is incredibly exciting, the results of the magnificent efforts of the Oman Sailorganisation.
“To hear this announcement the same week that we have two Oman crews – Oman Air and The Wave Muscat – competing in the Extreme Sailing Series here in Sydney (10-13 December) shows how far Oman Sail has come. We are so looking forward to showing the world some of the hospitality and friendliness that Omanis are renowned for on just about the biggest stage possible”, continued Ms. Tannous.
Oman Sail, a non-profit organisation, was established in 2008 with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s blessing to rekindle Oman’s maritime heritage, promote the Sultanate of Oman around the world through sailing and provide long-term learning opportunities for the youth of Oman.
In just seven years, Oman Sail has helped turn His Majesty’s ambition into reality, quickly achieving its initial objectives of establishing Muscat as a regular destination on the global sailing circuit by hosting international sailing races in Omani waters.
The America’s Cup World Series sets sail in Muscat, Oman, on February 27-28.