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Mar 13 2015

 

EFG Sailling Arabia The Tour- EFG Bank crowned champions for second year in a row

EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour 2015 A third place in the final leg was enough to confirm Frenchman Sidney Gavignet and his mixed Omani and European team overall winners of EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour for the second year in a row.

EFG Bank (Monaco) were not the only champions in Bahrain on Saturday however with the new Volvo Ocean Race Rookie Award for the top two Under 30 sailors of the event going to Team Renaissance Omani sailor, Ali Al Balushi and British sailor from the University of Plymouth team, Richard Mason.

A course change from east to west for the 2015 edition resulted in 14-days of testing upwind racing on the six-leg, 760-nautical mile course from Oman to Bahrain. Noted for being one of the toughest on record, the 11 pro-am racing teams with crews from 21 different nations experienced a truly unique, highly competitive, cultural adventure.

Gavignet and crew; Damian Foxall (IRL), Alex Pella (ESP), Nicolas Lunven (FRA), Fabien Delahaye (FRA), Mohammed Al Mujaini (OMA), Abdull Rahman Al Mashari (OMA), and Abdallah Al Shukaili (OMA), sailed an impressive series but they didn't have it all their own way.

They were chased hard throughout by Marcel Herrera and his young student team from Plymouth University on Team Averda, who took second overall, and Zain Sailing Team from Kuwait headed by seasoned Tour competitor Cedric Pouligny with Gerald Veniard navigating, who finished third.

With more and more teams recognising EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour as a prime event on the global circuit, this unique Middle East sailing adventure is on the brink of progressing to a new level with the potential of an even larger, more competitive fleet next year.

Overall Results

1. EFG Bank (Monaco) 12 points
2. Team Averda (UK) 21.25
3. Zain (KUW) 29.50
4. TU Delft (NED) 29.75
5. Renaissance (OMA) 39
6. Al Thuraya (OMA) 41.75
7. Bienne Voile (SUI) 42.75
8. GAC powered by DongFeng (CHN) 44.50
9. OMIFCO (OMA) 64
10. Royal Navy Oman (OMA) 69
11. IMCO (OMA) 70.25

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