The 11th edition of Oman Sail’s flagship regatta, EFG Sailing Arabia–The Tour (SATT), will begin in Salalah on January 24 and conclude in Muscat on February 6.
In a press statement released on Sunday, Oman Sail, the organisers of the race, said that the regatta will visit five venues and teams will compete in Coastal Raid at all the venues. Also included will be three in-port races and one off-shore leg.
SATT provides a platform for talented local sailors to compete against strong international teams in Oman’s pleasant winter conditions. The blend of short sprints and longer campaigns deliver intense racing duels at diverse locations.
Saleh al Jabri, captain of the Jewel of Muscat and race project manager for SATT 2021 said, “EFG Sailing Arabia–The Tour has become one of Oman Sail’s most anticipated events each year. It attracts sailing talent from across the globe and also provides an opportunity for Omani sailors.
“The Tour also creates avenues for vital community engagement and the chance to share our beautiful country with the world. This year marks the eleventh edition and the third to be held only in Oman.”
Jabri added: “Sailing Arabia-The Tour has grown in stature over the years to become an important part of the international sailing calendar.
“This year it is in a position to significantly boost domestic tourism, empower local communities all along the coast and demonstrate the sultanate’s deep-rooted maritime traditions to a growing audience.”
Each team will compete on identical DIAM24 boats in a pure test of preparation and racing skill in good weather conditions.
Since its debut in 2011, SATT has attracted some of the biggest names in sailing to experience for 15 days of racing.
The 2021 SATT will begin in Salalah, where a number of teams from home and abroad will line up for the first Coastal Raid at Mirbat and the first in-port race at the Hawana Salalah Marina.
The teams then make their way up the coast, with stopovers in Duqm, Masirah Island, two off-shore legs between Sur and Ras al Hadd, before heading towards a two-day finale in Muscat with a Coastal Raid and in-port race at Al Mouj Muscat where the trophy would be handed.
January 23, 2021: Opening ceremony in Salalah; January 23-25: Coastal Raid, Mirbat; in-port race, Hawana Salalah Marina; January 27-28: Coastal Raid and in-port race in Duqm; January 30-31: Two Coastal Raids, Masirah
Island; February 2-3: Off-shore legs, Sur to Ras al Hadd and
return; February 5-6: Coastal Raid and in-port race, Marina Bandar Al Rowdha; February 6: closing ceremony, Al Mouj