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The first ever Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman gets underway in less than one month. Preparations are already in full swing for this America’s Cup event, which is set to be watched by millions of sporting fans around the world, many of them turned on to sailing through the intense action, close competition, and dynamic sailors that are a hallmark of racing in the America’s Cup.

The Sultanate of Oman will create a rare slice of sporting history when it becomes the first country in the Middle East to host America’s Cup racing by staging the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman in February 2016.

Extreme Sailing Series – Set against the iconic Istanbul landmarks of the Aya Sofya and the Blue Mosque, the consistently dominant Extreme 40 team from Oman, The Wave, Muscat powered to a fifth Act victory in the penultimate Act of the Extreme Sailing Series™. The eight-strong fleet provided a thrilling spectacle for the thousands of spectators gathered on the shoreline with extremely sharp, close-quarter manoeuvres.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) – the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Volvo Ocean Race-winning team – has finished the ninth and final leg of the gruelling round the world competition with a fifth place finish in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Extreme Sailing Series – After another day of adrenaline-fueled Extreme 40 racing in winds that topped well over 25kts in the gusts, defending champion Leigh McMillan and his team on The Wave, Muscat put in another solid performance to claim overall victory in Cardiff for the third consecutive year.

2015 Extreme Sailing Series - Cardiff has proved a happy hunting ground over the years for Oman Sail’s teams with three back to back wins between them but the pressure is now on to defend this winning streak and steal a march at the top of the Extreme Sailing Series leaderboard.

With less than month to go until the entry deadline for this year’s Rolex China Sea Race, the entry list already features 30 boats committed to this 565nm Category 1 Offshore race which will start on 23 March in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour and finish, depending on the size of boat and the conditions encountered, anything from two to five days later in the Philippines at Subic Bay.

Windsikher II skippered by Sarab Jeet Singh made a great fist of challenging for the 29th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2015 with a string of first and second place finishes, and on the final day of on Saturday (Dec 12) sealed the deal.

Marriott Rewards Around The Island Race – Starting at 0830hrs this morning at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Causeway Bay, 232 boats gathered on two start lines in eight to ten knots of easterly breeze hoping to be able to race the full 26nm circumnavigation to starboard.

Sai Jun, a crew member aboard Ark323 of Noah’s Sailing Club (NSC), was swept overboard from the boat when sailing near the Vietnamese coast at 2350h local time (1650h GMT) on 25 October.

Abu Dhabi sets the stage for a fascinating conclusion to the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup this week, with the sport's top athletes heading into four days of intense race competition at the end of a year-round journey towards gold medal glory.

Laying the spectre of the 2013 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race to rest, Steve Manning steered Ker 42 Black Baza across the finish line in Nha Trang in the early hours of Sunday morning to claim both IRC Racer 1 division and IRC Overall title, correcting out nearly three hours ahead of closest rival, RP66 Alive.

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