They now look forward to the fifth round at Dubai Offshore Sailing Club on 31 March-1 April with fresh optimism.
Southern Cross earned a special prize from sponsors Thuraya and SAFA CB for a swift response using the mobile satellite telecommunications link-up in use during the Dubai-Muscat Race. Overall winners Horizon FCB and Serdal Dubai, the first boat to reach the finish in Muscat and take line honours, were among those collecting trophies during the official prize giving for the event at Dubai International Marine Club on Thursday night.
Prizes were presented by Saeed HAREB, Managing Director of Dubai International Marine Club, who was accompanied by Khalfan HAREB, President of Dubai's Victory Team, the team's general manager, Jean FRANCO VENTURELLI, regatta chairman Sid BENSALAH, David MAY, Commodore of Jebel Ali Sailing Club, Rod BARCLAY, Rear Commodore of Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, Dominique AUDION, President of SAFA CB and Gleb LARIONOV, Product Manager of Thuraya.
Victory in the Dubai-Muscat race means that Horizon FCB, owned by Sheikh Khaled BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN and skippered by Frenchman Christophe VANEK, have extended their overall lead and are the overwhelming favourites to become the first winners of the Maktoum Sailing Trophy.
However, they can still expect a strong challenge over the last three rounds from their nearest challengers, Sharazad skippered by David WORRALL, Serdal Dubai, owned by Sheikh Rashid BIN KHALIFA AL MAKTOUM and skippered by Australian Mark FEILBERG, and David ROSTANT's Switch Blade.