Leigh McMillan takes the helm of The Wave Muscat
British two time Olympian Leigh McMillan is to become skipper of Oman Sail’s Extreme 40, The Wave Muscat for the remainder of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series.
The switch follows the announcement that the young Australian skipper Torvar Mirsky will be stepping down from the position to take up a new role as helmsman of the Italian America’s Cup team, Venezia Challenge. He will now concentrate on the team's AC45 programme and compete in the America’s Cup World Series.
Mirsky joined Oman Sail at the beginning of 2011 as the new young gun from the world of match racing. He has shown incredible determination and skill as skipper of The Wave, Muscat and has provided some of the most exciting racing during this year’s Extreme Sailing Series, including a spectacular capsize in Qingdao, China, earlier this year.
Leigh McMillan helmed Ecover to a third place finish at the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series and will now take on the role as the new skipper of The Wave, Muscat. McMillan has represented Great Britain at two Olympic Games in the Tornado and is a multihull expert. He has been coaching The Wave, Muscat throughout the 2011 season. He is no stranger to sailing under the Omani flag – in 2009 he took the helm on Oman Sail Masirah in the 2009 Extreme Sailing Series Asia, winning the Series. He will take his place aboard The Wave, Muscat in Boston, USA for Act 4, which takes place from the 30 June-4 July.