EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour in its fourth edition

Region’s leading offshore yacht racing event has grown in popularity

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Published: Wed 29 Jan 2014, 1:44 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:13 PM

Yachts sail out during the previous edition of the EFG Sailing Arabia — The Tour. — Supplied photo

Yachts sail out during the previous edition of the EFG Sailing Arabia — The Tour. — Supplied photo

Six Senses Zighy Bay and Zighy Marina are gearing up to welcome the return of the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour in its fourth edition.
Contested in identical Farr 30 one-design keelboats, the 15-day race which starts on February 9 will feature calls at eight world class marinas in Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Zighy Bay, Musannah and finishes on February 24 in Muscat, Oman. Supporting the tour since its inaugural race in 2011, Zighy Marina is the sixth stopover on the 760 nautical mile journey, and always the first port entering Omani waters.

The race will depart Ras Al Khaimah and cross the Strait of Hormuz in a leg race to Zighy Bay. The race will berth in Zighy Marina, including an in-port demonstration and lavish Arabian lunch on Friday, February 21, set directly on the beach of the leg sponsor, Six Senses Zighy Bay. Guests of honour and dignitaries from the Musandam Peninsula are invited to the prize-giving ceremony.

Resort General Manager, Axel Jarosch, looks forward to welcoming the return of the tour, “The evolution of this offshore race demonstrates the vast amount of maritime heritage in the region, particularly for Omanis.

“Each year the crews look forward to this leg of the race — welcomed into Oman with its peaked mountains and rich waters. When the tour enters Zighy Bay we will be ready to welcome them to Oman’s rugged beauty.”

EFG Sailing Arabia — The Tour, is the region’s leading offshore yacht racing event. In three years it has grown in popularity and reputation both regionally and internationally and today attracts some of the best sailors. EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour provides a stage for the nations of the Gulf to showcase their countries and tourism potential while developing an exciting sporting platform for friendly competition and raising the sailing standard in the region. Last year Team AISM, skippered by Bertrand Pace were crowned 2013 champions.

Renaissance Team, skippered by Omani sailing legend Mohsin Al Busaidi, and EFG Bank (Monaco), skippered by Olympian and winning Volvo Ocean Race skipper Sidney Gavignet, are among the teams to return in 2014.

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