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Oman to host opening of 2016 Extreme Sailing Series

Muscat in Oman has been confirmed as the host city for the first stop of the year on the Extreme Sailing Series calendar.

The event in Muscat will run from March 16-19. On day one of the first Act of the year the fleet will race in front of the historic city of Mutrah before racing along the coast to finish the day in front of the Extreme Club. The schedule will then return to three days of stadium racing in front of the Almouj Golf Club.

“Stadium racing remains at the core of what we do but in 2016 we will be including a variety of open water race formats to offer the skippers variety and new challenges,” race director Phil Lawrence said.

David Graham, chief executive of Oman Sail, the partner organisation of the Muscat Act, added: “The world will be watching the first Act of the 2016 season as the fleet fly on foils for the first time. We are delighted to host the opening Act and to be able to welcome the international sailors to experience Oman, which is becoming renowned as one of the best sailing venues in the world. It will be a spectacle for the ever-growing global audience and the sailing fans of Oman.”

A full announcement regarding the venues and teams for the 2016 season will be made in the coming weeks.