Now in its eighth year, EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour has had a major revamp for 2018 that has seen a shift to Diam 24 multihull boats
and racing take the form of five long coastal races of up to 40 miles and five series of short in-port races.
With just one-design Diam 24 multihull boats
to be offered for the regatta, the tactical shift to an all-Oman coastline off-shore route has been primarily done to showcase the rich tourism potential of the nation.
Just prior to the Farr 40 Worlds, Jones and his Warren Jones team were advised that their finishing position in the event had won the team entry into the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) event to be held In Fremantle In the first week of March on M32 multihull boats
. Evan Walker was also applying for entry into this event but with a full invitation list, his only way in was via the qualifying event in late February.
Alinghi said "several locations'' on Australia's east coast would be suitable to stage the best-of-three showdown between the teams' giant multihull boats