The first Arabian 100 has arrived in Salalah, Oman for final assembly. Built by Boatspeed in Australia, the three hulls and connecting beams were shipped as deck cargo, via India and have now been transferred to a custom built shed in the Royal Yacht Squadron compound, where the fleet of yachts belonging to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos is maintained. Over the next few months, other components will arrive and the trimaran is expected to be ready to launch by the end of August.
The Arabian 100 is the first in a new one design and is a simplified version of the Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret designed Sodeb’O, campaigned by Thomas Coville. It will be named by Sultan Qaboos on completion and will then be used as an international ambassador for Oman. An Omani crew will be trained to sail the Arabian 100 and there will also be a strong Omani contingency in the background doing boat building, maintenance, rigging and sail making. A cornerstone of Oman Sail’s charter is the development of young Omanis and re-igniting Oman’s maritime heritage. The Oman Sail Academy is in the second phase of recruitment for young Omani men and women, many of whom will be part of the Arabian 100 crew when she starts her schedule of events. Pix of the arrival are here.