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Sail Arabia – The Tour

Published on March 20, 2012 by   ·   No Comments

After 15 days, 1,408 kilometers, and seven ports, the nine competing teams reached their final destination in Muscat, Oman on February 27. This challenging offshore race is run in stages around the stunning Arabian Peninsula, starting in Bahrain and finishing in Muscat, Oman

The event’s second edition saw a 50 per cent increase in the number of teams competing, with the line-up including world champions, America’s Cup sailors and veterans of the Tour de France a la Voile, the event on which SATT is based. Local sailors were also well represented in the fleet – and are expected to become more prominent in future years.

There was a significant growth in the number of teams from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with five of the six nations represented. Teams representing Bahrain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia all sailed with a national from their country onboard, a sure sign of the development of sailing within the region, as Oman Sail’s CEO David Graham said: “This race is going to play a crucial part in the development of local and regional sailing talent. Watching Team Muscat 2012 come in second on the final leg is a clear indication that sailing in the region is on the up.”

The toughest leg turned out to be the 160 mile second stage. This was upwind from start to finish and as mentally exhausting as it was physically demanding for crews who arrived at Abu Dhabi during the early hours of the morning after 36 hours at sea.

The all women’s team Al Thuraya BankMuscat, which included four Omani women, finished fourth overall. “I am immensely proud of the whole team, particularly the Omani girls [whose sailing skills] have just grown and developed during the event. The girls have genuinely developed a love for sailing, they love being on the boat and they are keen to carry on,” skipper Dee Caffari said.

The professional French team Courrier Dunkerque had an untouchable lead going into the final leg, rounding up a near-perfect scoreboard with another leg win. Daniel Souben, the team’s skipper commented: “Sailing Arabia has been a great event for us. The competition has been good and there have been lots of different conditions to contend with. This has been a great event and the Gulf is a fantastic sailing venue.”

Overall results

1 – Courrier Dunkerque – 10 points

2 – Team Commercialbank – 22 points

3 – Team BAE Systems – 27 points

4 – Al Thuraya BankMuscat – 37 points

5 – Team Renaissance – 47 points

6 – Team Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 57 points

7 – Team Bahrain – 62 points

8 – Team Muscat 2012 – 66 points

9 – Team Ras Al Khaimah – 79 points

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