Skipper: Valentin Bellet FRA
Crew: Valentin Sipan FRA, Guillaume Pirouelle FRA and Arnaud Jarlegan FRA
With Valentin Bellet again at the helm, defending champions Beijaflore will be out to retain their EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour (SATT) title in 2019. Their victory last year prepared the ground for a highly successful Tour Voile which saw them finish as runners-up. Renowned yachtsman Pierre Mas returns as coach and project director. Bellet, an F18 European and Hobie 16 World Championship winner, took his team off to a flying start last year and it will no doubt be in contention once again. A long-standing yacht racing sponsor management consultancy firm Beijaflore has a declared interest in developing young sailing talent.
Skipper: Nelson Mettraux SWI
Crew: Lauranne Mettraux SWI, Victor Casas SWI and Matthieu Ravussin FRA
This young team from the Geneva Regatta Training Centre (CER) will be aiming to restate their growing status having seen one of their two teams finish last year’s Tour Voile in seventh place overall, and third in the Junior ranking after taking victory in the Super Final. With SATT offering the perfect early season launch pad to another Tour Voile campaign, rising Swiss stars Victor Casas and Nelson Mettraux – who each skippered a Tour Voile entry – will team-up as they make their debut in the Oman opener.
Skipper: Robin Follin FRA
Crew: : Antoine Rucard FRA and G Germain
Bernard Stamm will be aiming to improve on his team’s fifth place SATT finish last year, when it was tied on points with two other mid-fleet teams. The Swiss racing legend went on to take a competitive sixth place in the 2018 Tour Voile and will be hoping Oman’s warm weather season opener will work its wonders once again. He is joined this time by Robin Follin, hot off the GC32 circuit and a leading light of the Team France Jeune project. Poujoulat, a leading European manufacturer of metal chimney flues and other heating elements, has had a long involvement in yacht racing.
Skipper: Audrey Ogereau FRA
Crew: Maelenn Lemaitre FRA, Ibtisam al Salmi OMA, Marwa al Kaifi OMA and Tami al Balushi OMA
The German transportation and logistics firm returns to SATT for the third time, again supporting an all-women team. French racers Audrey Ogereau and Maelenn Lemaitre join Oman Sail stars Ibtisam Al Salmi, Tamathir Al Balushi and Marwa Al Khaifi, the latter on her second consecutive SATT campaign. Al Salmi, Al Balushi and Al Khaifi, all leading members of Oman Sail’s Women’s Sailing Programme, raced together last year in the highly-competitive J80 class, culminating in the World Championship in France.
EFG BANK MONACO
Skipper: Franck Cammas FRA
Crew: Thierry Douillard FRA and Hussein al jabri OMA
Runner-up in 2018, Thierry Douillard will be aiming to take team and event sponsor EFG back to winning ways, the private banking group having been on a SATT winning streak dating back to 2014 until last year. He will be joined by the newest addition to the Oman Sail team, the renowned French yachtsman and Volvo Ocean Race winner Franck Cammas, alongside Omani dinghy ace Hussein Al Jabri, who got his first taste of Diam 24 racing last year with Stevie Morrison and the Averda team. Douillard skippered an Oman Sail team to fourth place in last year’s Tour Voile.
GOLFE DU MORBIHAN
Skipper: Solune Robert FRA
Crew: Charles Dorange FRA, Riwan Peron FRA and Louis Flamment FRA
One of the youngest sailors in the fleet, Solune Robert took his Lorina Mojito Golfe du Morbihan team – the ‘Mojito Kids’ – to a highly competitive fifth place in last year’s Tour Voile, having twice won the youth group. He returns to the new-look SATT with the same team of Riwan Peron, Charles Dommange and Louis Flamment, and will doubtless be looking for an improvement on 2018 when he just missed out on a podium finish, locked on points in mid-field with two other entries.
Skipper: Damien Iehl FRA
Crew: Aurelien Ducroz FRA, Lamiot Benjamin FRA and Pierre leclainche FRA
Match racer and four-time Tour Voile winner Damien Iehl skippers this first-time SATT entry. He is reunited with Tour Voile teammates Benjamin Amiot and Aurélien Ducroz, the former world champion freeride skier turned pro sailor. Also part of what is sure to be a competitive squad is former Team Oman Sail skipper Pierre Le Clainche, who led an Omani development team to an impressive 12th place in last year’s Tour Voile.
OMAN SHIPPING COMPANY
Skipper: Stevie Morrison GBR
Crew: Quentin Ponroy FRA and Raad OMA
Stevie Morrison and Quentin Ponroy go into SATT having led a varied Oman Sail squad to the inaugural Diam World Tour title, finishing ahead of Bernard Stamm’s Cheminees Poujoulat in second overall and third place Beijaflore. They will team-up with Oman Sail instructor Raad Al Hadi, who won SATT in 2017 with EFG and raced with the Class 40 team last year. Morrison and Ponroy took third place in last year’s SATT, with British Olympian Morrison placing fourth in the Tour Voile alongside Thierry Douillard in the #SailingArabia team. A first-time SATT entry, the national Oman Shipping Company (OSC) operates a diverse 49-strong fleet including VLCCs and container vessels.
Skipper: Akram al Wahaibi OMA
Crew: Haitham Al Wahaibi OMA and Yasser Al Rahbi OMA
An entry in every single SATT event from 2011, this year’s Renaissance team is an all-Omani affair featuring long-standing Oman Sail stalwarts Akram Al Wahaibi, Yasser Al Rahbi and Haitham Al Whaibi. Al Wahaibi was a member of last year’s Class 40 squad, while Al Rahbi and Al Whaibi were part of the Diam development team, taking an impressive 12th place in last year’s Tour Voile. Oman based Renaissance Services SAOG is an international facilities management and services company with a significant marine industries presence.
Skipper: Sofian Bouvet FRA
Crew: Corentin horeau FRA and Bruno Mourniac FRA
Whitbread Race winner turned project manager Lionel Pean is the power behind the first-time SATT team led by French Olympic 470 sailor and Tour Voile veteran Sofian Bouvet. The project renews their partnership first formed for the 2017 Tour Voile, which saw Team SFS team helmed by Bouvet finish in fourth place overall.