While some of us relaxed over a drink from the bar and nibbled on fresh fruit, others seized the chance to try their hand at being sailors, helping the captain and crew to trim sails
or take the helm.
The agility to climb the rigging in raging storms, trim sails
and undertake other dangerous tasks, was essential.
Aware of the strength and direction of the wind, an experienced sailor knows how to trim sails
and adjust the centerboard in order to progress in the intended direction.
Trimmer Tahira Al Yahyaee was forced to surrender her place on board Team Al Thuraya Bank Muscat due to an injury, so Niall Myant, Oman Sail's keelboat coach, will stand in while Ibtisam Al Salmi, Raiya Al Habsi and Asrar Al Ajmi will work the bow and trim sails
, with British sailor Liz Rushall calling tactics.
While businesses everywhere trim sails
and cut costs in the face of the economic downturn, the BBC continues to suck in money like a vacuum, and demand more.
Historically sailing ships and yachts were manned by large crews, and racing yachts relied strictly upon man power to grind winches and trim sails