Beijaflore the team to beat as EFG Sailing Arabia � The Tour action heats up

Friday, 09 February 2018

Friday, February 09, 2018

Video Alert: Beijaflore the team to beat as EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour action heats up

Video Alert: Beijaflore the team to beat as EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour action heats up


- Slick French outfit Beijaflore continued their quest to dethrone EFG Bank Monaco as kings of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour today with victory in the second of five testing coastal raids.
- Links to watch and download Digital Content available from stage 2 in Duqm, Oman.



The 2017 Tour Voile third-place finishers followed up their early success in the opening stadium races and coastal raid in southern Omani city Salalah with a win in the gruelling 23-mile race held at the port town of Duqm.

British Olympian Stevie Morrison's Averda crew scored their best result to date claiming the runners up spot, while reigning champions EFG Bank Monaco came home in third.

Beijaflore's triumph not only consolidates their place at the top of the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour standings but deals another blow to EFG Bank Monaco, winners of every edition of the regatta since 2014.

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Highlights Video: Duqm
Duqm, Oman - One of the largest ports in the country plays host to stage 2 of EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour!
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Highlights Video: Salalah
The first stage of the new look EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour. 8 teams, this year on high octane Diam 24 Trimaran's race in 20knot+ winds in Salalah, South Oman. This 90second video showcases the spectacular scenery and awesome sailing conditions.
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Results of Duqm Coastal Raid:
1- Beijaflore (Valentin Bellet) – 1 pts
2- Averda (Stevie Morrison) – 2 pts
3- EFG Bank (Thierry Douillard) – 3 pts
4- Poujoulat (Bernard Stamm)– 4 pts
5- Lorina Golfe du Morbihan (Solune Robert)– 5 pts
6- (Matthieu Souben) – 6 pts
7- Renaissance (Cedric Pouligny) – 7 pts
8- DB Schenker (Elodie Mettraux) – 8 pts

Overall standings:
1- Beijaflore (Valentin Bellet) – 5 pts
2- EFG Bank (Thierry Douillard) – 12 pts
3- Averda (Stevie Morrison) – 14 pts
4- Lorina Golfe du Morbihan (Solune Robert)– 15 pts
5- (Matthieu Souben) – 18 pts
6- Poujoulat (Bernard Stamm)– 20 pts
7- Renaissance (Cedric Pouligny) – 29 pts
8- DB Schenker (Elodie Mettraux) – 31 pts


About Oman Sail
Oman Sail is a national initiative established in 2008 that uses the power of sport to contribute to the development of the Omani people. The equal opportunity project runs sailing programmes for thousands of young Omani men and women, inspiring a new generation to discover sailing. It encompasses a national sailing squad and high achieving inshore and offshore racing teams, all of which benefit from world-class coaching and whose ultimate objective is to win an Olympic medal for Oman. The programme aims to build seven sailing schools around the country, four of which are already operational. The goal is to rekindle Oman’s maritime heritage while raising the country’s regional and international profile as a high-end tourist and foreign investment destination, through competitive sailing at home and abroad. Oman Sail seeks to instil confidence and to teach valuable, transferable life skills to a generation of Omanis.

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About EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour
EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour has made a high-speed change of course for the 2018 edition, taking a highly competitive international fleet on a totally new route along Oman’s striking and beautiful coastline.

The eighth running of The Gulf region’s premier has also seen a switch to the exciting high-performance Diam 24 multihull, now the official one-design class for the event.

As in previous editions EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour will see a mix of tactical coastal raids and high-intensity stadium racing.

Over an intensive 14 days in February (3-17) the Tour will visit seven venues, and feature five coastal raids, some which go from one port to another, and five stadium races. The Diam 24 race yachts will be disassembled and transported between venues on some occasions.

The Tour showcases Oman as an ideal winter sailing destination and an international stage for high-calibre sailing events. In its relatively brief history it has gained a global reputation, attracting world-class professional sailors and top amateur sailors alike.

All have signed up for a respected and dynamic event that stretches each team to the extreme, testing their skills, versatility and teamwork. For more information please go to  

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Last Updated ( Friday, 09 February 2018 )