Organised by Oman Sail in collaboration with relevant authorities around the Gulf region, SATT is aimed at bringing the GCC states closer together in celebration of their shared, long and proud maritime history, while also offering a winter alternative to European offshore events.
The Farr30 class boat will arrive on February 6 which will give the national team a chance to prepare although some members of the team are committed to compete in other races being held around the same time as the SATT event.
Skippered by Wouter 'Wout' Sonnema, the young team of TU Delft Challenge have changed their tact from previous years as they opt not to have professional help on board in the hopes of bettering their fourth place finish last year and gaining more invaluable experience from SATT 2016.
We are thrilled that SATT has attracted recognition from the Volvo Ocean Race as being a valuable feeder race for young offshore sailors and we look forward to working closely together to promote the sport of sailing among young local and regional audiences," said David Graham, CEO of organisers Oman Sail.
Spanish veteran Alex Pella also makes his debut in the tour, fresh from his Class 40 victory in the recent Route du Rhum, while French navigator Fabien Delahaye returns to guide the EFG Bank Monaco crew around a brand new 660nm EFG Bank SATT course, which for the first time takes the fleet from Muscat to Bahrain, a reversal of previous routes.
Meanwhile, a separate memorandum also issued by the BTr early this week urged government securities eligible dealers (GSED) to open a socalled "Dealer Omnibus SATT," which would "facilitate settlement of trades with taxable offshore institutional clients.
The marine tourism industry and the sport of sailing are growing rapidly in the GCC, SATT provides a winter alternative to the European offshore event and the timing is perfect as a prelude to the European sailing season.