NYC’s Hudson River is usually filled with a myriad of boats this time of year, but never before like the types in town for the Krys Ocean Race – Mod 70 multihull trimarans that sail significant speeds. The five remaining international teams arrived in New York on July 3rd conducting mini races and gearing up for the transatlantic race that will set off from the foot of the Statue of Liberty on July 7th.
One of the participants is Oman Sail, which is a national initiative established in 2008 by Executive Director Albert Whitley as an equal opportunity, socio economic project for men and women which contributes to the development of Omanis and inspires a new generation to rediscover their maritime heritage. The program is free and seeks to instill confidence and teach valuable transferable life skills to Omani people and has pledged to teach 30,000 Omani children to sail by 2015. The ultimate objective is to win an Olympic medal for Oman. Mohsin Al Busaidi, a trimmer on Oman Sail started out as one of those students. His passion and skill has led him to be the first Omani sailor to race the world non-stop. Navigating the seas can prove extremely challenging and the crew must contend with awfully tight quarters in what can only be described as a black hole below with no facilities and space food-like nourishment. But, the six crewmembers, led by skipper Sidney Gavignet, are thrilled to be a part of it and thrive on the extraordinary sport of man and machine.
It’s fitting that the race is happening here as the custom of Atlantic races and records goes back to 1866 when two New York boat owners made a wager at the Union club and raced their schooners. We’ve come a long way, baby!
For a glimpse of these unique vessels, head to the North Cove Marina in the backdrop of the new World Trade Center. The New York to Brest portion of the race will kick off on July 7, nearly 3000 miles from east to west. May the best team win!
If you want to follow the race visit krys-oceanrace.com.
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