The Sultanate of Oman will become the first country in the Middle East to host America’s Cup racing. The first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event of 2016 is set to kick off in Oman in February.
A point-scoring event for the opening stages of the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman will run in Muscat on February 27 and 28, as the curtain raiser to the 2016 season, which will be spread over six different venues around the world.
Almost ideal sailing conditions that consistently deliver a 10-15 knot breeze mixed up with a sunny climate and warm waters have made Oman a popular destination for many Olympic Classes that have chosen to stage their World Championships at a time of year when the weather in Europe and North America limits training opportunities.
“We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman here in Muscat for the first time and we are very proud and excited to welcome the America’s Cup community and its massive following to the Sultanate,” commented Salim Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion for the Ministry of Tourism.