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Artemis edge out Emirates Team in Extreme Sailing

Oman Sail finish an honourable fourth

Keeping the tradition alive
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Omani sailor Khamis Al Anbouri in action while wearing the traditional Omani cap. Al Anbouri says he is very proud tobe wearing the Omani cap (kema), and to be representing Oman for the GCC countries and the Arab world.
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Dubai: Swiss team Artemis edged out Emirates Team New Zealand to win Act III while Oman Sail ended in fourth overall of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series.

After five days of intense racing, it was Artemis Racing who emerged victorious by just one point ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand even as both Oman Sail teams — Oman Air and The Wave, Muscat — came up with strong performances with The Wave, Muscat ending in fourth and Oman Air standing eighth.

Racing took place in two sessions on Sunday with both Oman boats locked mid-fleet in the overall standings. The Wave Muscat was in fifth with just four points separating them from Italian challenger Luna Rossa.

Oman Air was in a better position after securing a second place in the first race of the day, but they sat in eighth, just two points shy of Switzerland's Alinghi.

The Extreme Sailing Series now travels to Boston in the US, followed by stops in Cowes, UK; Italy, France and Spain, before its conclusion in Singapore in December.

Three different winners have emerged from the three Acts so far: Groupe Edmond de Rothschild in Act One in Oman; Luna Rossa in Act Two in Qingdao China, and now Artemis Racing with French team Groupe Edmond de Rothschild as the overall series leader.

Confidence boost

Khamis Al Anbouri, bowman on The Wave Muscat, commented: "Istanbul is a beautiful city, and I have really enjoyed racing here. It has been a challenging week but I am very proud of our team — we feel more confident than we did at the last two events. Even if we didn't finish on the podium we are still winners and we tried our best to make Oman proud of our achievements. I am very proud to be wearing the Omani cap (kema), and to be representing Oman for the GCC countries and the Arab world."

The fleet raced 43 races last week in Istanbul, more than any other Act this year.

The city has thrown a mix of challenging conditions at the teams, with gusts hitting 25 knots on the first day, compared to a subdued eight knots by the final race on Sunday.


Extreme Sailing Series Istanbul Final Results after Day 5:

1. Artemis Racing (SWE) (307pts); 2. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) (306); 3. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA) (296); 4. The Wave, Muscat (OMA) (274); 5. Luna Ross (ITA) (272); 6. Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT) (254); 7. Alinghi (SUI) (245); 8. Oman Air (OMA) (245); 9. Team GAC Pindar (GBR) (237); 10. Team Niceforyou (ITA) (212); 11. Team Extreme (EUR) (188).

Overall series standings after three Acts:

1. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA) (29); 2. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) (28); 3. Artemis Racing (SWE) (27); 4. Luna Rossa (ITA) (25); 5. Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT) (23); 6. The Wave, Muscat (OMA) (18); 7. Alinghi (SUI) (18); 8. Oman Air (OMA) (11); 9. Team Extreme (EUR) (8); 10. Team Niceforyou (ITA) (6); 11. Team GAC Pindar (GBR) (5).