The sixth edition of Sailing Arabia – The Tour will begin on February 15, 2016 with a new route and a combination of long distance open water legs and intense inport racing.
The Tour has been revised at the request of sailors seeking new challenges and will see the fleet cross the Arabian Gulf twice with stopovers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Khasab, Sohar and Muscat over the course of two weeks.
“The changes have made Sailing Arabia – The Tour more interesting and will test the full skill range of the crews,” said Salma Al Hashmi, director of marketing and events at Oman Sail.
“They will experience different types of sailing, both upwind and downwind, different weather systems, different leg durations and the different tactical challenges presented by racing one day close to shore and the next out to sea.”
Two more inshore races in Abu Dhabi and Doha, with valuable points up for grabs, will combine with two of the trickiest offshore legs of the race, the first from Abu Dhabi to Doha through the notoriously difficult oilfields and the second from Doha to a new destination, Khasab in Oman.
This will take the fleet further into the Straits of Hormuz than has been previously attempted and give the crews a more demanding offshore challenge stretching more than 200 nautical miles.
From Khasab, they will race back out into the Straits of Hormuz, round the Musandam Peninsula and down the coast of Oman to Sohar where they will be treated to an exciting day on shore including cultural activities and tours of heritage sites.
A fifth and final leg, a sprint from Sohar to The Wave, Muscat starting on February 28, will present a double points opportunity designed to end the region’s number one offshore race on an exciting high.
Sailing Arabia – The Tour 2016 – full schedule:
Feb 15: Dubai inport race
Feb 16: Dubai-Abu Dhabi offshore leg 1
Feb 17: Abu Dhabi inport race
Feb 18: Abu Dhabi-Doha offshore leg 2
Feb 19: at sea
Feb 20: Arrival in Doha
Feb 21: Doha inport race
Feb 22: Doha-Khasab offshore leg 3
Feb 23: at sea
Feb 24: Arrival Khasab
Feb 25: Khasab-Sohar offshore leg 4
Feb 26: Arrival Sohar
Feb 27: rest day
Feb 28: Sohar-Muscat offshore leg 5
Feb 29: Arrival Muscat