The first ever America’s Cup event to be held in the Middle East was hailed a storming success by sailors and spectators alike following two days of intense battle in Muscat.
The world’s media descended on the Omani capital for the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event of 2016 and expectations were high for an exciting event. The arrival in Oman on Thursday of the America’s Cup trophy, sailing’s oldest prize, was marked with a grand welcoming ceremony at Muscat International Airport attended by a host of dignitaries including Her Excellency Maitha Al Mahrouqi, Under-Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Chairwoman of Oman Sail.
It is the first time the trophy, also known as the ‘Auld Mug’, has ever visited the Middle East in the 165-year history of the America’s Cup.
And after two days of nail-biting action under Muscat’s blue skies that saw Land Rover BAR, captained by Sir Ben Ainslie, claim a dramatic last-minute victory, the first ever Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman was given a resounding thumbs up.