Thierry Douillard vowed after the first race of the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour that he would avenge the upset victory scored by the Omani team over his team.
He exactly did what he vowed for and came out victorious in the second round of the Gulf classic. The EFG Bank Monaca crew seemed to be very upset with the way Team Renaissance came from behind to turn victory in the last minute of the first round of the EFG Sailing Arabia.
The past three edition winners EFG Bank Monaco team took over the lead from their archrivals, the Team Al Mouj Muscat, less than 10 nautical miles ahead of the finish line. They crossed the finish line in 24 hours and 37 minutes after they had set sail from Sohar. They came in just three minutes ahead of Team Al Mouj Muscat that was led by Christian Ponthieu, a Frenchman.
By virtue of this win, Team EFG Bank Monaco moved to the top of the pack after two legs of the race. There are three offshore races and tow in-port race series still left in the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour this season. Douillard looked a very happy man after the race and he said that it was very good to win the 2dnd leg and felt that the leg was not an easy one. He said that the team had to face very stiff challenge from Team Al Mouj Muscat and he was happy to turn out victorious at the end of the fight.
Thierry did not waste any time in praising his crew as he felt that even a small mistake could cost a lot. The boys did a very good job and the crew has plans to do the same for the remainder of the series. Team Renaissance that won the first leg came in third place in the second leg.