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VIDEO: Fast and furious

Purists may not like it, but the America’s Cup has evolved, leaving monohulls in its wake and offering competition among lightweight multihull racing machines.

The Cup machine was rolling again during the weekend with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman, another event in the elimination round leading to the final.

This short video clip of past events provides a glimpse of the adrenaline-fueled sailingthat typifies America’s Cup competition.

The world’s best sailing teams, including America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA, were among the teams operating from bases at Al Mouj, just outside Oman’s capital city of Muscat.

This was the first time America’s Cup racing has come to the Middle East, and it marks a significant step forward for the region in its drive to host “Crown Jewel” world sports events.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman marks the start of the 2016 season. Other rounds are scheduled for New York; Chicago; Portsmouth, U.K.; and Toulon, France.