I recently got one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to join team Zain on Sailing Arabia – The Tour (SATT), the Gulf regions leading offshore sailing race which encompasses 5 offshore legs over 760 nautical miles, 3 in port races and 6 locations around the Gulf of Arabia, starting in Muscat and ending in Dubai.
2017 was Zain’s third year participating in the event with a team comprised primarily of Zain employees, mainly made up of amateur sailors. Considering the performance of the Zain team in the previous two years, the aim for 2017 was for a podium place in the overall rankings, a place that was in touching distance right up until the end.
With previous experience and sailing qualifications, I was luckily able to get onto the Zain team for the last 2 legs of the event due to the close relationship SLA Digital holds with Zain as their Managed Service provider for Direct Operator Billing. Having no experience of the boat or the crew, the experience was certainly tough however I was welcomed immediately as a member of the crew.