Next season unveils New Boat Specification for the Traditional Rowing Race 30ft

09 July 2024

The captain and boat owners of the Dubai Traditional Rowing Race 30ft extend their thanks and appreciation to the Board of Directors of the Dubai International Marine Club for their efforts and continuous support in preserving this great heritage race. It is included in the strategic plan to develop and satisfy participants, ensuring a continuous increase in interest among various segments of society.

They praised the significant role of the Sports Affairs Department at the Dubai International Marine Club, which continuously works to develop and promote the interests of organizers and participants through revising regulations and issuing new instructions and conditions. These will be implemented at the start of the upcoming 2024-2025 season.

The joint meeting, chaired by Mohammed Saif Al Marri, Director of the Sports Affairs Department, was held at the headquarters of the Dubai International Marine Club in Mina Seyahi. It concluded with an agreement to adhere to regulations and make necessary modifications to boats before the first round race in November, comprising three rounds.

Al Marri emphasized that cooperation among all stakeholders, including boat owners and captains, is crucial for the success of events and races in the new season. He noted that the Dubai Traditional Rowing Race has been one of the club's most prestigious competitions since its launch in the 1996-1997 season, gaining popularity across the GCC.

Al Marri stressed that the Dubai International Marine Club is committed to developing heritage races, particularly traditional rowing boats, through enhancing systems and methods. The upcoming season will feature an intensified format with three rounds, reflecting the popularity and demanding new boat specifications that require participant cooperation.

During the meeting, attended by a group of participants, key instructions and conditions were presented, including amendments to boat specifications and shapes for local and open categories. Each boat must comply with new specifications concerning wood type and correct sizes, accommodating nine people, including one captain and eight sailors.

It is noteworthy that this race category was first launched by the Dubai International Marine Club in the 1996-1997 season through the Dubai Championship competitions, featuring several rounds annually. Among the most prestigious rounds is the Al Maktoum Cup, inaugurated in 1998.

Dubai Traditional Rowing Race Schedule

  • First round: 9th of November
  • Second round: 16th of November
  • Al Maktoum Cup: 30th of November