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Sailing Arabia-The Tour 2021 begins in Mussanah

24 Nov 2021

Muscat – The 11th edition of Sailing Arabia – The Tour, Oman’s premier offshore race, returned on Wednesday at the Barceló Mussanah Resort with teams representing Oman and Europe racing at four venues along the sultanate’s coastline.

Organised by Oman Sail, Sailing Arabia – The Tour has become a favourite for Omani sailors to gain vital experience and teams from colder climates to test themselves in warm conditions as the season comes to a close.

The event – that is a combination of coastal raids and in-port races – has the route starting at the Barceló Mussanah Resort and then heading south to Sur before returning north to Marina Bandar al Rowdha and then to Muscat for the final leg.

‘Each team poses a different challenge and the teams will have to contend with shifting sea breezes and a mix of short sprints and longer races to become the 2021 champion’, Oman Sail said in a press release.

This year’s fleet features six teams representing five countries.

The crews of Oman Investment Authority and Oman Sail will proudly fly the Omani flag, while a mixed all-Omani crew sailing on board DB Schenker will race under the German flag on behalf of the Tour’s official logistics partner.

The mixed Omani-Spanish crew of Barceló Mussanah Resort, host venue for the opening ceremony and first two races, will represent a joint team representing Oman and Spain, an all-Italian crew from Nastro Rosa will represent Italy and a mixed crew representing Team France will race under the French flag.

‘For more than a decade we have welcomed some of the best teams to our waters to take on Omani sailors, share their diverse experience and learn from each other,’ Saleh al Jabri, project manager and acting head of Sailing Events & Commercial at Oman Sail, was quoted as saying.

‘This year’s fleet is incredibly strong with both male and female sailors, competing together under a variety of flags,’ he added, while expressing delight at being able ‘to host The Tour once again this year and look forward to ten days of great sailing as we showcase the beauty of Oman’s coastline and world class facilities at each venue’.

The opening ceremony took place at Barceló Mussanah Resort on Tuesday with the first coastal raid and in-port race at the same venue on Wednesday.

The second leg of the event will take place in Sur, a city synonymous with boatbuilding and sailing, on November 27, while the third will be held on December 1 at Marina Bandar al Rowdha, before the final races to be held at Al Mouj Muscat on December 3 with the prize-giving and closing ceremonies on December 5.

Dermot Birchall, general manager of Barceló Mussanah Resort said, “We are proud to be partnering with Oman Sail for this year’s sailing tour, and take pride in promoting the rekindling of the Sultanate’s maritime eminence as the premier international sailing destination in the region.”

He is of the opinion that the event “will showcase the impressive wonders and cultural heritage of Oman” and that “we at Barceló Hotel Group are honoured to be a part of such an exemplary display of comradery, sailing sportsmanship and the breathtaking treasures of Oman.”

Since its first edition in 2011, Sailing Arabia – The Tour has grown in stature to become the region’s annual premier offshore race and a favourite winter destination for sailors around the globe.
The 2018 event marked another milestone, with the introduction of DIAM24 as the official class, offering the race crews an exceptional experience.

Given the current situation under the COVID-19 pandemic, Oman Sail said that the event would be conducted in full adherence to the government’s latest safety protocols.

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