Sailing Arabia: Team France in good form

The second leg of this year’s Sailing Arabia – The Tour ended with Team France still in the lead as the gap to DB Schenker in second grew to four points.

Team Oman Sail remain in third with Team Oman Investment Authority in fourth, Barceló Mussanah Resort fifth and Nastro Rosa of Italy in sixth. 

Racing featured a longer coastal raid along the shoreline, which Team France won ahead of DB Schenker and Nastro Rosa, and then two short stadium races. Team France and Oman Sail traded wins, each claiming victory in one and relegating the other team to second place. As well as a one-point gap at the top, Oman Sail has opened up a three-point advantage over fourth place as the fleet began to separate.

Ali Al Balushi, bowman on the Barceló Mussanah Resort team, said, “Today was a great day of sailing, very challenging with some ups and downs for our team but we came back in the coastal raid, finishing fourth. Afterwards we had two inshore races, finishing fourth and sixth, last, which was a bit frustrating. There are still two more stages, and we will try to improve as a team, make good decisions and we’re confident the results will come in the end.”

Three catamarans on a kite reach.
The fleet will now travel north to Marina Bandar Al Rowdha for a series of coastal raids and in-port races. PIC – Lloyd Images / Oman Sail

Solune Robert, Helmsman from Team France, said, “Today we had three races, and all three went very well for our team. There was a tight battle and some contact with the other boats which was a very nice feeling, a reminder that the competition is fierce.

“There are some very strong teams this year. We finished first and second in the in-port races and are very happy with our performance. Sur is a very beautiful place to sail, the winds move a lot in direction and strength here, which is a challenge but we are very happy to be here to race.”

Racing continued in Sur with a further coastal raid and two more in-port races. Plenty of points were up for grabs as the teams continue to jostle for position. From Sur, the fleet will travel north to Marina Bandar Al Rowdha for a series of coastal raids and in-port races on 1-2 December and then onward to Muscat for the final leg from 3-5 December 2021 when the medals will be decided.
 
The event is supported by national carrier Oman Air, OQ and the Barceló Mussanah Resort as official partners, and Be’ah as environmental supporter. The National Mineral Water Company Salsabeel Water provided all essential water supplies for the event while the Royal Navy of Oman provided medical support throughout.
 
Sailing Arabia – The Tour 2021 is run in full adherence to the government of Oman’s latest COVID-19 safety protocols. For more information about the event, the schedule, and safety guidelines, visit the official website https://sailingarabiathetour.com/.

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