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Mark Lloyd / Extreme Sailing Series
Oman Air skipper Morgan Larson tells of how he has been so quick out of the blocks in the Extreme Sailing Series Muscat
The consistently surprising result over the first two days of racing at the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat is that of the new crew on Oman Air. While this Oman Sail boat had three skippers last year - starting with Sidney Gavignet, before moving on to Ben Ainslie and ending up with Chris Draper, so this year Oman Air is back on the 40ft catamaran circuit with a new line-up comprising Americans Morgan Larson and Charlie Ogletree, British multihull sailor Will Howden, Omani bowman Nasser Al Mashari with Max Bulger in the ‘5th man’ position (new for the Extreme Sailing Series this year is that all the boat must carry someone in this position – either a female, an amateur in the eyes of ISAF, or aged under 23). Despite this being the first ever Extreme Sailing Series event for Larsen and Ogletree, after day one they were tied on points for first place with the veteran French team on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and put in another consistent day yesterday to end up one point off first after 14 races. Larson comes with an almighty and diverse CV from being strategist/tactician with three America’s Cup campaigns - AmericaOne, OneWorld and Victory Challenge - to Olympic campaigns in the 49er and 470 (although never making it to the Games), a World Championship and Audi MedCup win on the Quantum Racing TP52 in 2008 and a Rolex Farr 40 Worlds victory with Mascalzone Latino the same year and a 505 World Championship win in 2004. Larson says that last year he had been attempting to get his own campaign together for the Extreme Sailing Series and had been chasing sponsorship in Europe. He had also been talking to Leigh McMillan about sailing on The Wave, Muscat this season. However it wasn’t until

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