SATT: All-women team impressive
With just two stages remaining in the EFG Sailing Arabia–The Tour (SATT), the all-women team onboard DB Schenker has been impressive as it climbed among the top-three at the end of third stage that concluded at Masirah Island on Monday.
After covering more than 1,000km of the pristine and scenic Omani coastline, EFG Bank stays on top. But the fight for second place is growing intense, with DB Schenker closing in on second-placed Groupe Atlantic as only six points separate the two.
DB Schenker managed to move closer to Groupe Atlantic following a strong showing in the third of the five stages in Masirah Island as the all-women squad claimed the runner-up spot in the third stage. Ibtisam al Salmi, who is one of two Omani sailors onboard DB Schenker, said, “I feel that we are getting better and better every time we get out on the water. “We finished day three in Masirah really strong with a first, two second places and a third in the five stadium races held. At times, we were just seconds off EFG Bank.
“The forecast for the fourth stage in Sur is for strong winds and that will suit us. We are confident we can keep building and hopefully move up in the overall standings.” Groupe Atlantic’s Aristide Gasquet said, “It was some of the tightest racing that we have seen so far during this Sailing Arabia regatta. DB Schenker is now not far behind us in the overall standings so we have to try and sail better as a team.”
Race Director Gilles Chiorri said, “The competition is getting exciting with just two stages in Sur and Muscat remaining. “I’ve really been impressed by Audrey Ogereau, the DB Schenker skipper. She started only a year ago but she is now a confident sailor and it’s having a huge impact on her team.”
The Sur leg will begin on Wednesday with the teams then heading further north to Muscat for the title decider on February 7-8.