Nine crews from different parts of the world are taking part in the 2016 EFG Sailing Arabia – a 160 nautical mile race from Abu Dhabi to Doha. The back of 30 feet yachts were welcomed with a perfect ten knot breeze as well as clear skies for the beginning of the 2nd offshore chapter of the 730 nautical mile adventure around the Arabian Gulf.
The scatter was still settling down on the Abu Dhabi In-Port Race series yesterday that saw Omani crew Al Mouj, Muscat came out as the winner after 4 intense races off UAE capital’s iconic Corniche, as squads left Emirates Palace Marina earlier this morning after only twelve hours rest.
At around 3 times the length of the sixty-one nautical mile opening leg from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, the second leg offers the teams with their toughest test till now and would see them spend their very first night at se. Every squad would also have to contend with several obstacles including tug boats, oil fields, islands and exclusion zones.
Nico Lunven stated that his Al Mouj, Muscat crew would have to adapt from inshore-offshore manners if they are looking to double yesterday’s success. He stated that they have a huge leg in front of them. The great news is that there is great wind forecast for the early part of the leg and after that they would have to see what goes on.