Oman Sail Masirah Clinch UK Round at Sensational iShares Cup 03 August 2009 An ecstatic Oman Sail Masirah have won the UK round of the iShares Cup at Cowes Week and now take the overall lead in the iShares Cup 2009 series at the halfway stage of the six-round European circuit. It was a battle to the end for Yann Guichard and Loick Peyron with Gitana Extreme – Groupe LCF Rothschild clinching the final double points race to take 2nd place on the UK podium.
The iShares Cup 2009 visits six European venues, a mix of buzzing cosmopolitan cities and spectacular seaside resorts, each carefully chosen to provide not only the hottest racing but also the best vantage points for spectators to get up close to all the action.
Each regatta takes place over three days, with as many as 18 fast and furious races, each lasting around 20 minutes. Each day is a mix of corporate sailing races, giving VIP guests and media a chance to get out on the water and experience the Extreme 40 and then the real action of the iShares Cup racing itself — although there will still be ‘fifth man’ guests on board, expect the sailors to take no prisoners in the fiercely competitive races. Things will step up yet another gear for the final race of each event, which counts for double points! Last season every regatta went to the wire including the Overall iShares Cup 2008 winner.
Event 1 - Venice, Italy, 15th-17th May
Event 2 - Hyères-TPM, France, 3rd-5th July
Event 3 - Cowes, United Kingdom, 1st-3rd August
Event 4 - Kiel, Germany, 28th-30th August
Event 5 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 25th-27th September
Event 6 - Almería, Andalucía, 10th-12th October
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