2016

EFG Bank (MON)

Skipper: Sidney Gavignet

Sidney’s scoops third EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour crown in thrilling climax, making him and his crew the most successful in the tour’s history.

The EFG Bank Monaco sailing crew has become the most successful boat in the history of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour after winning the third consecutive crown. The team sealed the overall victory for the third year running with a third place in the final offshore leg of the event from Sohar to Muscat. The reigning champions were on top form throughout the two-week tour, winning three of the five offshore stages and two of the three in-port race series. The team became the first team to have their names engraved on a newly commissioned EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour trophy made by British Royal Warrant holder and goldsmiths Thomas Fattorini Ltd.

2015

EFG Bank (MON)

Skipper: Sidney Gavignet

Sidney’s 2015 win was his second overall win of the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour, making him the second skipper to achieve this.

Representing the event’s title sponsors, EFG Bank returned as reigning champions and sailed under the flag of the Principality of Monaco. Joining the team this year is Damian Foxall, Ireland’s foremost offshore sailor. Alongside Gavignet, Foxall was part of Oman Sail’s MOD 70 crew on Musandam Oman Sail that set a remarkable new world record for sailing round Britain and Ireland in the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Also joining the team this year are Spanish veteran Alex Pella, who will be making his EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour debut fresh from Class 40 victory in the recent Route du Rhum, French navigator Fabien Delahaye, and three new Omani sailors.

EFG Bank (Monaco) reflects the partnership between EFG Sailing Academy and the Monaco Yacht club and EFG’s commitment to supporting sporting and cultural activities.

2014

EFG Bank (MON)

Skipper: Sidney Gavignet

One of France’s most respected and well-known offshore sailors, Sidney Gavignet has competed at the highest levels of sailing.

French skipper Sidney Gavignet is a member of sailing’s offshore elite, a small band of sailors around the world who can boast success in the Volvo Ocean Race, Transat Jacques Vabre and Tour de France à la Voile as well as the Olympics and the America’s Cup. Gavignet is unusually versatile with a proven track record in monohulls and multihulls and racing with a crew or without, giving him a pedigree that is second to none.

With two of Oman’s best sailors Ali Al Balushi and Mohammed Al Mujaini plus some seasoned international campaigners, Gavignet has put together a strong team in his bid for the 2014 title including Tour de France a la Voile’s Cedric Pouligny and match racer Damian Lehl, a past Tour de France winner.

2013

AISM (UAE)

Skipper: Bertrand Pacé

Bertrand Pacé came back to take the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour title again after his previous victory in 2011.

Team AISM is made up of some top professional sailors from France. Mainsail trimmer Cédric Chateau and mast man Nicolas Heintz have raced together on the World Match Race Tour and are used to the kind of close quarters battle that the in-port races might bring.

2012

Courrier Dunkerque (F)

Skipper: Daniel Souben

Daniel was part of the French Olympic team from 1978-1992, competing in the 470 and Tornado.

Undoubtedly one of France’s most experienced sailors, Daniel was part of the French Olympic team from 1978-1992, competing in the 470 and Tornado. Daniel and the Courrier Dunkerque team won both the 2008 and 2009 editions of the Tour de France à la Voile, as well as the Farr 30 World Championships in 2010, showing the depth of talent within the SATT fleet.

2011

Nouvelle Calédonie (F)

Skipper: Bertrand Pacé

Bertrand Pacé is one of the world’s most experienced competitive sailors. In 2011 he and his team won the inaugural EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour