EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour
DB Schenker in Oman as the Official Logistics Provider for “EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour” and Proud Sponsor of an All-Women Crew for the Third Time in a Row
DB Schenker, one of the leading logistics providers and accustomed to managing hundreds of thousands of sea freight containers, engaged in a different kind of ocean experience for the third consecutive year. Skipper Audrey Ogereau and fellow French racer Maelenn Lemaitre joined Oman Sail stars Ibtisam Al Salmi, Tamathir Al Balushi and Marwa Al Khaifi on the DB Schenker trimaran (DIAM 24) to compete in EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour.
From left to right: Tamathir Al Balushi, Marwa Al Khaifi, Audrey Ogereau, Maelenn Lemaitre, Ibtisam Al Salmi
Now in its ninth year, EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour is an annual event in which world class sailors compete along 2,000 kilometers of Oman’s stunning coastline. It has become the most prestigious race in the Middle East and is the only annual event of its type in the world, with a mix of long offshore legs and intense in-port racing. In 2019, the fleet got off to a flying start in Muscat and sailed to other ports in Oman (Sur & Ras Al Hadd, Masirah Island, Duqm), before the closing event in Salalah.
DB Schenker’s skipper, Audrey Ogereau, led an enthusiastic team of experienced European and Omani professional racing sailors. The crew not only wanted to deliver a credible and competitive performance in the race; they also aimed to inspire other women in the Gulf region to follow in their footsteps.
DB Schenker has been supporting the team’s ambitions. “The participation in Sailing Arabia – The Tour shows our ongoing commitment to the Middle East region. Passion and team work is what drives us – both on the ocean and in logistics behind the scenes, We are extremely proud to be part of such an amazing event,” says Thomas Ruelke, CCO of DB Schenker Middle East and Africa.
Managing the logistics for a record-breaking event
To remain fully focused on the races, the crews of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour rely on professional logistics solutions. Boats and sailing gear need to be transported and customs processes completed. A smooth immigration process has to be arranged, allowing the teams to quickly recover after an exhausting offshore race. All this activity takes place away from the spotlight of the main event and is organized by DB Schenker, experts in the field and official logistics provider and partner to Sailing Arabia – The Tour.
“Managing the complex logistics processes efficiently is critical to the success of each individual team,” says Andreas Barth, head of DB Schenker’s Fairs / Events & Special Logistics team for the Middle East and Africa region. “We are fascinated by the challenge, and with our extensive experience in events logistics such as the Olympic Games, World Championships and other major sports events, we are able to deliver a credible logistics performance behind the scenes at EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour,” he adds.
DB Schenker is a market leader in the field of logistics and transportation in Middle East and Africa and has a team of dedicated staff across the region to manage customers’ supply chains in a wide range of industries.