GC32 World Championship: Oman Air ends a disappointing fifth at GC32 worlds in Portugal

After three days of strong showing, Oman Air faltered on the final day to finish a disappointing fifth at the 2019 GC32 World Championship that concluded in Lagos, Portugal, on Sunday.

Oman Air, skippered by New Zealand's Adam Minoprio, had a forgettable day, as it slipped from second place at the start of the final day's races to fifth among a ten-strong fleet. Besides Minoprio, the crew, comprised Nasser al Mashari, mainsail trimmer Peter Greenhalgh, Stewart Dodson and Adam Piggott.

“It was a tough day and very frustrating,” admitted Minoprio. “The wheels just fell off a bit, for whatever reason. We weren’t sailing the boat slowly, we weren’t doing bad manoeuvres. We thought we were using the same tactics and decision making that worked so well over the first two days, it just seemed that every time we rolled the dice to try and get past someone it just went against us.”

Miniprio hoped to bounce back at the next event - Copa Del Rey Mapfre in Majorca, Spain, from July 30-August 3.

“We are definitely looking forward to Palma so we can right some of the wrongs of this week, and try and get up back to the top of the leaderboard and feel good about ourselves.”

Swiss Alinghi was runaway winner and crowned the world champion with a total of 57 points. Another Swiss entry, Team Tilt, was runner-up (74) and INEOS Rebels UK was third (78). NORAUTO came fourth (79) while Oman Air garnered 86 points.

In the overall GC32 Racing Tour standings, Oman Air  is second, tied on five points each with INEOS Rebels UK. Alinghi is on top with three points.

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