EFG Bank Monaco’s sailing crew are back where they are used to being, at the head of the Sailing Arabia – The Tour (SATT) yacht race after winning the second leg on Saturday.
The reigning champions had been narrowly beaten on the first leg, from Muscat to Sohar, by Oman’s Team Renaissance.
EFG Bank Monaco passed Team Almouj Muscat less than ten miles from the Khasab finish line after more than 130 miles of close racing, with the second-placed boat finishing three minutes later.
The five offshore legs involve a race of 763 nautical mles around the Arabian Gulf. EFG Bank Monaco have won the last three editions of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour.
Skipper Thierry Douillard said: “It is a good feeling to win – it was not an easy leg at all. We led into the night but then ended up in a tricky position. The wind shift we had been waiting for came right at the end of the leg and we had a wonderful fight with Team Al Mouj Muscat for the lead. Thankfully it was a fight we won.”