It was an exciting finish for the Dubai to Muscat Sailing Race, the longest offshore race in the region, with Atari 7 crossing the line first at Al Mouj Marina earlier this week, as well taking home the coveted Sohar Trophy.
The boats set sail from Dubai late last week for the 300-mile journey that took them through the stunning waters of Musandam and through the Strait of Hormuz.
Atari 7 Captain Hannes Waimer credited his team for the win in what was to be a challenging race that saw two boats retire due to the lack of wind.
“We have a core team I have been sailing with for 20 years, including on both previous Muscat races,” Waimer said.
“The remaining factors were good weather routing and great drivers. We were also very lucky. There is always an element of luck with the wind. The team worked very hard and they are great people.”
Second across the line at Al Mouj Marina was Pindar Volvo 60, skippered by Tom Way, followed by Faith, a Beneteau 44.7, in third place.
Oman Sail’s boat, Mumm 30, which was captained by Fahad al Hasni, crossed the finishing line in fourth place.
Now in its 25th year, the Dubai to Muscat Sailing Race is organised by the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation in association with Oman’s Ministry of Sports Affairs. The race officially ended on Tuesday (November 15).