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Doha: With just a week to go before the start of the third edition of EFG Bank Sailing Arabia The Tour, a fleet of One Design Farr 30 yachts has arrived at Amwaj Marina, starting point for the two-week competition that will pit some of the world’s best sailors against the elements of the Arabian Gulf.
Identical except for the sponsors’ logos, the nine boats arrived at Bahrain’s premier yachting facility and are preparations for the arduous challenge ahead.
As the mast of his boat slid into position and the boat was lowered into the water, world renowned single handed sailor and skipper of EFG Bank (Monaco) Sidney Gavignet looked forward to the challenges ahead
“It will be two wonderful weeks of sailing, with intense competition on both the long legs between ports and the in-port racing. We’ve got a few days to get the boat and crew in the best possible shape, before leaving for Doha on February 10. We’ll be arriving in Doha the next day and will be racing in port on February 12, so there’ll be a couple of days for the people of Qatar to see these amazing boats,” Gavignet.
CEO of event organisers Oman Sail David Graham said the racing action for the next three weeks will be promising fare.
“It’s exciting to know that the boats are in place, that the crews are getting ready for the EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour. We’re looking forward to a close competition that will inspire the young people of all the GCC nations to get involved in sailing and learn the teamwork and skills they will need to compete on the world stage,” said Graham.
Leaving Manama on February 10, EFG Bank Sailing Arabia The Tour calls at Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Dibba and Mussanah and ends February 25 in Muscat. The racing will include in-port racing at selected locations.