Skippered by Australian Mark FEILBERG, Serdal Dubai led from David WORRALL's (UAE) second round winner Sharazad, outright Maktoum Trophy leader Horizon FCB, owned by Sheikh Rashid BIN KHALIFA AL MAKTOUM, and Switch Blade, skippered by David ROSTANT. WORRAL is happy with his second position: 'Gradually we have picked up a north easterly and we've got about ten to eleven knots at the moment. We're about one-and-a-half miles ahead of Horizon and Switchblade which are about 100 yards apart.'
With the wind virtually disappearing for several hours in the morning the fleet of 15 boats had made slow progress on the approach to Mussandam. 'When this sort of thing happens you can only wait and hope, but the signs are that we will have good winds for the rest of the race,' said regatta chairman Sid BENSALAH.
Qatari challenger Truly Sailing, skippered by Bassam ABU-ISSA and with Sheikh Ahmed BIN ALI AL THANI among the crew, was delayed by another two hours after twice becoming tangled in fishing nets during the night.
With three days remaining and the result being decided by a handicap system, the race is still wide open.