by Lisa Hynes
There was an exciting finish to the first leg of EFG Sailing Arabia the Tour as only 25 seconds split the leading crews after a gruelling 100 mile race between Bahrain and Qatar.
EFG BANK - Sailing Arabia The Tour 2014
French skipper Sidney Gavignet was at the the helm of the race favourite EFG Bank (Monaco) and his team included two local Omani sailors. Gavignet is no stranger to the high profile racing worlds having raced at top levels including the America’s Cup and Olympic Games for many years.
He was closely chased closely by a team of young sailors from Plymouth University, Team Messe Frankfurt. Four Omani women are aboard Al-Thuraya Bank Muscat are hopeful of achieving a podium place
EFG Sailing Arabia the Tour is the region’s only long distance offshore sailing endurance race. It is held from February 9th to the 24th. The tour is now in its fourth year and offers 15 days of intense sailing with a mix of in port and offshore races to test the skills of the region’s best sailing talent and a selection of elite world class sailors.
The 760 nautical mile course spans over four counties from Bahrain to Oman with eight of the region’s premier marinas playing host as stopover venues during the seven legs of the course.
For more information go to Sail Arabia the Tour