Today, the Dubai shore will witness a major event with the launching of the first round of the 43ft Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race, organized by the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) as part of the 2023-2024 sports season.
The boat owners and sailors are eager to compete for the title in this first round. Recalling last month, the season opened successfully with the 22ft Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing race, participated in by the Youth & Junior.
The race will start from the depths of the Arabian Gulf waters after one o'clock in the afternoon, considering the sea conditions and wind speeds. The starting point will be determined by the organizing committee at the Dubai International Marine Club, where the boats will hoist their white sails and head toward the finish line on the beaches of Umm Suqeim, opposite the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel, passing by the World Islands and Palm Jumeirah Island.
The registration for the race witnessed a large turnout, with the organizing committee confirming the participation of 75 boats that will sail along Dubai's shore for more than 14 nautical miles.
The race organizing committee met with boat owners and sailors in an online meeting yesterday, led by the presence of Mohammed Al Marri, Director of the Sports Affairs Department at the DIMC. They discussed the starting line procedures and exchanged views for the success of the upcoming race.
Al Marri praised the great cooperation and positive spirit of this meeting. He sensed a strong desire and enthusiasm for the success of the anticipated sporting event today, indicating that everyone agreed on all the points that would contribute to making the race a successful one.
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Dubai International Marine Sports Club extends its gratitude to Dubai Media Incorporated, particularly Dubai Sports TV Channels, for their significant role in promoting marine sports and showcasing the club's various races in past seasons as well as the current season 2023-2024. They provide a valuable service to all water sports enthusiasts by broadcasting sailing races live
It's worth noting that boat no. 55, Al Teber, led by sailor Mohammed Sohail Al Muhairi, was crowned first in the overall standings of the Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race (43ft) for the 2022-2023 sports season. Following closely behind is boat no. 87, Al Dhafrah, skippered by Mohammed Abdullah Juma Al Marzouki, in second place, and the third-place honor goes to boat no. 70, Nazaa, skippered by Yousef Ahmed Mohammed Al Hammadi.
43ft Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race represents one of the oldest categories in traditional races. The first official race in this category took place on 29 January 1988, coinciding with the establishment of the Dubai International Marine Club(DIMC). During that time, 19 boats participated in the inaugural race, with boat number 15 clinching the title.
Marine racing history records that the first two editions of the Al Gaffal Long Distance Race, in 1991 and 1992 was participated by 43ft Dhow boats and a joint race with 60ft Dhow Boats prior to fully shifting the Al Gaffal Race to a 60 footer dhow proving that it can withstand the wind and the waves from sailing to Sir Bu Na’air Island to Dubai Coast.