Proclaimed as one of the sailors’ favourite venues, in a country with a rich maritime heritage, the open waters off the coast of Muscat provide almost guaranteed hot sunny weather, a perfect sea breeze and a great expanse of open water, on which the GC32s can test their speed.
What time zone do I need to set my watch to? UTC+4
What will the weather be like? Muscat has a hot, arid climate and you can expect temperatures of 20-30 °C in March. Be sure to pack sun cream and cool clothing.
What should I see and do while I’m there? Muscat is full of hidden treasures. For a taste of Arabian culture visit the Mutrah Souq along the city’s stunning Mutrah Corniche waterfront. The traditional market is packed full of colourful stalls selling trinkets, antiques and exotic spices, promising an extraordinary experience. Or, if you are looking for adventure, head for Wadi Ban Awf and Snake Canyon and expect to be charmed by the beautiful and awe-inspiring landscape of the rugged and vast wadis.
What traditional delicacies should I try? Shuwa – a dish of slow-cooked marinated lamb or goat with rice – is considered a national Omani food. For a sweet treat, try Halwa, a staple of the Omani dessert table.
Something special? Look out for the giant incense burner seated high on the Mutrah hillside in Al Riyam park. It is a scaled-up replica of traditional mabkhara that are used in homes to ward off evil spirits.
Pete Greenhalgh of Oman Air gives his verdict: “When Muscat delivers, it really delivers. The last day of the event in 2017 was probably the most amazing day of sailing we’ve had on the circuit to date, with 20 knots of wind combined with a challenging sea-state. We had glorious sunshine and it made for phenomenal sailing conditions. Muscat is a beautiful venue with amazing scenery and the spectators are able to get a really good view of the racing. It’s off the scale as a tourist destination; if you go exploring it’s amazing how many beautiful and remote places you can find. The wadis are up there as one of the best things to visit.”
Wednesday 14th March
Thursday 15th March
Friday 16th March
Saturday 17th March
Here’s how you can keep up to date with all the action…
ONLINE LIVE Streaming Friday 16th 14:00-17:30 (Oman time) 10:00-13:30 (UTC) and Saturday 17th March 13:00-16:30 (Oman time) 09:00-12:30 (UTC).
LIVE Broadcast on Saturday 17th March 15.00 - 16.30 (Oman time) 11.00 - 12.30 (UTC)
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