It’s the practice day and opening ceremony here in Bahrain for Sailing Arabia The Tour 2012. A new race with Farr 30’s and based on the same model as the Tour De France a la Voile. The yachts are all the ex-top boats from France, shipped out after the race changed to the M34. Sailors include Bertrand Pace, Daniel Souben (Courier Dunkerque), Cedric Poulenguey (BAE) and Dee Cafarri with an all women team (Arab and International). The arab VIP is the crown princes son (eg Prince Charles if it was the UK). Race starts tomorrow – postponed from today as its blowing old boots here 30+! Oh and yes, the boats were hauling downwind. – Mark Lloyd.