Courrier Dunkerque won the 2012 Sailing Arabia -The Tour

Congratulations! What a great victory for the french team Courrier Dunkerque after winning 5 out of 6 legs of the 2012 Sailing Arabia race.

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The professional crew on Courrier Dunkerque, winner of the 2010 World Farr 30 Championship, boasts an impressive list of achievements. Skippered by Daniel Souben, from an Olympic background, the team counts an abundant ‘on-the-water’ curriculum vitae among its crew. This includes several titles as French champions in crewed offshore racing, world champion titles, participation in some of the most renowned races like the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Route du Rhum, as well as victories in the Mini Transat. With solid backgrounds on all manner of boats, the Courrier Dunkerque team has gained maturity, confidence and experience, enabling it to pull off some very fine performances.

Courrier Dunkerque is supported in its annual programme by the Urban Community of Dunkirk and Veolia Environnement. Sirius Evénements, the company behind the project with Daniel Souben, is supporting the team with the communication and marketing elements. Various partners with a presence in the Middle East joined the team for the event: Air France KLM, the hotels Novotel Al Dana Resort in Bahrain, Mercure Grand Hotel Doha and Ibis Muscat, as well as MaxSea International, which provided all the project’s digital cartography via the MaxSea Time Zero Navigator software.

MaxSea International was one of the official suppliers of Courrier Dunkerque. Follow us on Facebook if you are interested in more information about our partnerships and corporate news.

Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Sailing Arabia – The Tour

Even thought the start of the race has been posponed due to the weather conditions, the opening ceremony took place as planned on Sunday, in the presence of His Highness the King of Barhain Hamad II.

Let’s take a look at this video,  recorded yesterday by our partner Courrier Dunkerque during the event:

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Nine teams from six different nations were scheduled to set sail yesterday, but due to strong winds, the race start has been delayed to 0700 hours local time today, February 13. The teams will race over 14 days visiting 7 stopovers, and covering 1.408 kilometres on their way.

Here are some pictures of Team Courrier Dunkerque:

Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Olympics committee and Shaikh Khalifa bin Abdulla al Khalifa, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of Bahrain Maritime Sports Association, were among those who joined Oman Sail CEO David Graham at the ceremony, to officially inaugurate the 2012 edition of the race.

MaxSea International wishes the best of luck to our partner Courrier Dunkerque!

MaxSea official supplier of Courrier Dunkerque at the 2012 edition of Sailing Arabia – The Tour

MaxSea official supplier of Courrier Dunkerque at the SATT 2012MaxSea is proud to become the official supplier of Courrier Dunkerque at this year’s edition of Sailing Arabia – The Tour (SATT). This is the only team not representing an Arab nation, sailing under the French flag, in a race in which a total of nine teams will take part, compared to six in the events inaugural year, including four Omani and four from the region.

With Daniel Souben as Skipper, one of France most experienced sailors, Courrier Dunkerque team won both the 2008 and 2009 editions of the Tour de France à la Voile, as well as the Farr 30 World Championships in 2010.

The race, aiming to promote sailing in the region, starts on February 12th and ends on February 27th with the following teams:

1 – Courrier Dunkerque

2 – Team Muscat 2012

3 – Team Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

4 – Al Thuraya BankMuscat

5 – Team Renaissance

6 – Team Commercialbank Group

7 – BAE Systems

8 – Team Ras Al Khaimah

9 – Team Bahrain

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