EFG BANK MONACO – Skipper: Thierry Douillard
Crew: Mathieu Richard, Ali Al Balushi
As defending champion, Douillard will be aiming to repeat his 2017 success albeit in a much changed landscape with an all-new course and all-change boat with the Diam 24. The French sailing star led his EFG Bank Monaco team to their fourth consecutive EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour title, sealing victory in the Arabian classic in a thrilling final race climax off Dubai. Douillard brings considerable Diam experience to the event, having skippered Oman Sail entries at the two most recent Tours de France à la Voile, posting top-five finishes on both occasions. Prior to that, he had achieved notable success on the America’s Cup, Extreme Sailing Series and World Match Racing circuits. For this year’s Sailing Arabia he will be reunited with French match-racing ace Matthieu Richard and Ali Al Balushi, one of Oman Sail’s most experienced racers.
Overall event sponsor EFG has helped Sailing Arabia earn its status as the most highly regarded sailing event in the Gulf region. In addition, it has now supported five individual Sailing Arabia team campaigns and has built a winning streak dating back to 2014. EFG Bank Monaco is a member of the global private banking group EFG International providing banking and asset management services to private and institutional clients.