The Wave, Muscat Oman Sail agreement - Extreme Sailing partnership
by Oman Sail on 28 Jan 2014
Oman Sail’s Extreme 40 The Wave, Muscat, the champions of the 2012 and 2013 Extreme Sailing Series, is preparing for its next phase with a new three-year partnership deal with The Wave, Muscat. The new agreement, which was signed at a ceremony on Sunday 26 January, will support the promotion of the Sultanate of Oman around the world.
David Graham CEO of Oman Sail Right and Hawazen Esber, Chief Executive Officer of the Wave, Muscat Left Oman Sail
For 2014, The Wave, Muscat team welcomes Nasser Al Mashari, America’s Cup sailor Kinley Fowler and UK Olympic Gold medallist Sarah Ayton onboard – they join skipper Leigh McMillan and Pete Greenhalgh.
The Wave, Muscat is Oman’s premier lifestyle and leisure destination and is developed by Majid Al Futtaim Properties in partnership with the Government of the Sultanate of Oman. It gave its name to Leigh McMillan’s high performance catamaran in 2010 and has reaped the benefits of its success with media exposure and an increase in brand awareness across global markets.
Front, left to right: Talib Omar from Majid Al Futtaim, Sheikh Rashid bin Saif Al Saadi, board member of The Wave, Muscat; His Excellency Mohammed Jawad Bin Hassan Suliman, board member of Oman Sail; Her Excellency Maitha Al Mahrouqi, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Tourism and the Chairwoman of Oman Sail; His Excellency Engineer Sultan bin Hamdoon Al Harthi, Chairman of The Wave, Muscat; Sarah Ayton OBE; Nasser Al Mashari; Back, from left to right: Hawazen Esber, Chief Executive Officer The Wave, Muscat; Hashim Al Rashdi; Musab Al Hadi and Leigh McMillan. © Oman Sail
That awareness soared in 2012 when McMillan first won the Extreme Sailing Series and rose again in 2013 when he became the first skipper to win it in consecutive years, ensuring The Wave, Muscat colours were seen around the world.
On Sunday evening, at a special ceremony at The Wave, Muscat in Oman that included distinguished guests His Excellency Engineer Sultan bin Hamdoon Al Harthi, Chairman of The Wave, Muscat, Hawazen Esber, its Chief Executive Officer and officials from Oman Sail, McMillan and fellow crewmembers, Musab Al Hadi and Hashim Al Rashdi were congratulated on their achievements in 2013 and wished the very best of luck for 2014. This year the level of competition promises to escalate even further with the addition of Sir Ben Ainslie and Dean Barker to the Extreme Sailing Series rostrum.
'The Wave, Muscat is very proud to renew its partnership with this elite multihull racing team. This is the fourth year of our partnership and we are pleased to be able to continue our strong relationship with Oman Sail in providing opportunities for young Omanis to perform on the world sporting stage. At The Wave we aim to provide a platform for excellence in all the fields in which we operate. We are delighted to be able to support Oman Sail’s fantastic work in the world of sailing through this partnership,' said Hawazen Esber.
'We are committed to energising the crew on the water, but also when they are ashore. This year, we are planning to work closely with other Oman stakeholder companies at the Extreme Sailing Series stopovers to raise international awareness of Oman and The Wave, Muscat, and the fantastic opportunities on offer here.
'As two-time international series winners, the Extreme Sailing team presents one of the country’s best international
branding opportunities and provides The Wave with an excellent platform to raise the profile of the country and its leading ITC development,' Hawazen Esber continued.
For 2014, Hashim and Musab will race on Extreme 40 sistership, Oman Air, and their colleague Nasser Al Mashari will step on to The Wave, Muscat as bowman. Peter Greenhalgh returns for a third year on board The Wave, Muscat. Pete has raced numerous World Championships in the 49er, was European Champion in 2010 and is a six-time National Champion in the Melges 24, 720, RS700, 18ft Skiff and International 14. He won the X40 series in 2007 and was part of the Team Origin America’s Cup squad.
The Wave, Muscat crew also welcomes two newcomers to the team, they will have their own America’s Cup sailor in Kinley Fowler who most recently raced for Oracle Team USA as trimmer-shore crew and prior to that, in 2011, was Ben Ainslie’s Extreme 40 bowman – he has valuable experience in one-design fleet racing and the World Match Racing World Championship.
The Wave, Muscat is also proud to welcome Sarah Ayton OBE to the team. Sarah is a well-known name in Olympic circles with two Gold medals to her name in the Yngling Class (2004 and 2008) and multiple European and World Championships. She will set a great example to Oman Sail’s own Women’s Sailing Programme and will complete what is a very strong line up for the 2014 campaign.
'Oman Sail is honoured to represent The Wave, Muscat again on the Extreme Sailing circuit. The team has achieved superb results both on the water and in forming our Omani sailors over the last two years and we are very happy to welcome Sarah onboard for the 2014 season; she has achieved great things in her career and will complete what is a strong team alongside skipper Leigh McMillan, Pete Greenhalgh, Nasser Al Mashari and Kinley Fowler. I wish them luck,' said Oman Sail CEO David Graham.
2014 is also an exciting year for the next phase of The Wave, Muscat development that will see its main retail precinct open in June. Construction is being fast tracked on the Kempinski Hotel and marina-front apartment projects Marsa one, two, and three. The Wave, Muscat already comprises more than 1,200 luxury residential properties, retail and dining facilities and Oman’s only signature designed PGA Standard 18 hole links golf course, designed by Greg Norman and the 400 berth Almouj Marina.
In March The Wave, Muscat will be host to the second round of this years’ Extreme Sailing Series which in 2014 boasts a line up of 11 teams with a host of sailing celebrities and an eight stop global tour, which starts in Singapore on February 20.
2014 The Wave, Muscat crew
• Leigh McMillan, skipper (GBR)
• Pete Greenhalgh (GBR)
• Nasser Al Mashari (OMA)
• Sarah Ayton (GBR)
• Kinley Fowler (AUS-NZL-IRL)
Extreme Sailing Series 2014
• 20-23 February: Act one Singapore
• 19-22 March: Act two Muscat, Oman
• 1-4 May: Act three Qingdao, China
• 26-29 June: Act four Saint Petersburg, Russia
• 22-25 August: Act five Cardiff, UK
• 11-14 September: Act six Istanbul, Turkey
• 2-5 October: Act seven Mediterranean venue TBC
• 11-14 December: Act eight Sydney, Australia
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