Dee Caffari joins Musandam Oman Air
Dee Caffari has made her way across the Channel to join the Oman Sail MOD 70 team on-board Musandam Oman Air for the Grand Prix Guyader. Skippered by Sidney Gavignet, the trimaran will be up against some fierce competition and with a forecast of 15-20 knots, the week looks set to provide a combination of extreme sailing in near perfect conditions.
Caffari said: “I am so excited to be part of Sidney’s team racing on-board the Oman Sail flagship, Musandam Oman Air. I have been training hard in the gym for the last few weeks in preparation as I know how physically challenging these boats are. After I competed in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet aboard another MOD 70 I was almost unable to lift my arms above my head, they were so fatigued.”
The Grand Prix Guyader is a typically French event with every aspect of sailing skill on display. Today a coastal race will take place, which will be dominated by the multihull’s and over the weekend the kitesurfers come into their own as the competitors battle it out on speed runs.
Caffari knows the crew on-board the Oman Sail MOD 70 well, however, she is more familiar with the competition on the water. Oman Sail’s main competition will be fellow Vendee Globe sailor Jean-Pierre Dick, skipper of the new Virbac Paprec MOD70 together with his crew comprising solo round the world sailing legends Vincent Riou and Roland Jourdain.
Caffari’s team mates are truly multi-national and, although she can happily converse in French, for the next week the crew language is English with three Omanis, two English, two French and one Irishman on board.
For Caffari, her role on-board for the Grand Prix Guyader will be trimming the mainsail and working up a sweat on the grinders. The longer term objective is for Caffari to skipper the Oman Sail MOD70 with a number of the female Omani crew that she trained for Sail Arabia The Tour earlier in the year.
Crew list for the Grand Prix Guyader
Skipper – Sidney Gavignet
Fahad Al Hasni
Moshin Al Basaidi
Ahmed Al Balushi