Sarah Ayton is Oman Air coach for Extreme Sailing Series

 The Extreme Sailing Series 2015. Act2 - Muscat Oman Air - Credit: Lloyd Images

The Extreme Sailing Series 2015. Act2 – Muscat Oman Air – Credit: Lloyd Images

Morgan Larson will head up Oman Air’s campaign for the Extreme Sailing Series’ first foiling GC32 championship in 2016 that kicks off in Muscat, Oman, from 16 – 19 March, with an exciting new crew made up of familiar faces and fresh young talent.

For the 44-year-old American, one of the most experienced and accomplished skippers on the professional racing circuit, the appointment marks a welcome return to the Oman Sail squad after he campaigned Oman Air to second place in 2012 behind Leigh McMillan’s The Wave, Muscat before moving to Swiss team Alinghi.

Pete Greenhalgh, a member of McMillan’s three times champion crew on The Wave, Muscat, continues as boat captain while teammate Sarah Ayton, who became ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2015, will take up the position of Oman Air coach. Omani bowman Nasser Al Mashari and Ed Smyth from Australia will return to action with newcomer James Wierzbowski, the 24 year-old Australian who has campaigned 49ers, Extreme 40s and GC32s.

The full 2016 Extreme Sailing Series programme has yet to be announced.