Dubai International Marine Club will host the first round of the 22ft Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race under the marine sports season 2019-2020. The organizing committee at DIMC announced the opening of registration to those who are interested to participate in the upcoming race which will start from today until next Thursday, which is the closing day for registration before announcing the list of Participants.
The first round of the 22ft dhow race include two categories such as the junior which ages 8-16 years and the youth from 8-21 years old, the division system has started the last season and to be implemented in the current season which aim to train and produce the new generation of the young sailors that will bring success in this competition in the future.
As per the DIMC Racing Calendar the first round is set to kick off on Friday and the next round will take place on 2020, at the end of February.
The organizing committee has started to coordinate with the various government departments and national institutions, which always stand behind the success of all the events organized by the club in different categories.
The first 22ft Dhow Sailing Race was established by DIMC with the blessing of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, on October 1, 1999.
The first race held on the shores of Dubai at the time we witnessed a great success the 16 boats participants and the first win by the boat "Hiaf" led by the skipper Rashid Mohammed Rashid Al Rumaithi.
It is worth mentioning that the last sporting season 2018-2019 witnessed the application of a new system in the 22ft Dhow Sailing Race with the adaptation of two categories (youth 8-21 years and juniors 8-16 years) wherein winning the overall is the boat no. 80 "Al Serb" led by Al Hur Rashid Khadim Al Muhairi with 17 points total.
Jumeirah beach will witness today the first round of the 22ft Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race which is organized by Dubai International Marine Club at 15:30 HRS under the new marine sports season 2019-2020.
The organizing committee has completed all the preparations for the event today in coordination with the various government departments and national institutions, including the Dubai Police, Coast Guard, Civil Defense, Dubai Media Incorporated (Dubai Sports Channels), Abu Dhabi Media (Yas Sports TV) , Dubai Maritime City Authority and Nakheel.
Hezaim Al Gemzi , the Director of the Sports Department at DIMC said that today's race is one of the most important race that brings together a group of young people divided into two categories such as the youth which ages 8-21 years old and the juniors 8-16 years old.
He pointed out that 22ft Dhow Sailing Race is the foundation of the generations to carry their parents and grandparents heritage and culture whose lives has been linked to the sea as their source of good and livelihood.
He confirmed that the organizing committee has announced earlier since the beginning of the week (Sunday) that the registration is open for all who are interested to participate in the club headquarter or via the link that was sent to them via SMS wherein the registration continues until yesterday and set to release the entry list of participants. And to continue the remarkable success of the club for the past two event the 43ft Dhow Race which the held last 7th and 21st of this month.
As per today's race , the Director of the Sports Department at DIMC said that the race distance is more than 4 nautical miles and is expected to be in the shore of Jumeirah and invite the public to follow the stages of the race that will add thrill and excitement to the competition.
The 22ft Dhow Race was launched by Dubai International Marine Club with the blessing of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, which officially takes place on October 1, 1999 with the participation of 16 boats competing for the first place that went to the crew of Hiaf led by Rashed Mohammed Rashed Al Rumaithi.
In the last season 2018-2019 we witnessed the boat no. 80 "Al Serb" led by Al Hur Rashid Khadim Al Muhairi won the overall for the 22ft Dhow Race with a total points of 17.
The Dubai International Marine Sports Club's schedule includes two rounds of the 22ft Dhow Race wherein the first one is today (Friday), while the second round is scheduled for next year (2020) at the end of February.
Al Asifa boat no. 118 owned and skippered by Saif Ebrahim Al Marzouqi and Al Fahad boat no. 79 owned by Jasim Mohd. Ahmed Ma'ayouf and led by his son Mohamed Jasim Mohamed Ma'ayouf was crowned as the winner of 22ft Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race – Heat 1 organized by Dubai International Marine Club as part of the new marine sports season 2019-2020.
The race was able to gathered more than 40 boats to lined up in the shore of Jumeirah and sailed for more than 4 nautical miles carrying the flag for the “Dubai First Global Challenge 2019 “hosted by the emirates (Dubai) from 24-27 of October.
This initiative comes within the framework of the promotional plan and the joint cooperation between the club (DIMC) and the Dubai Future Foundation to raise awareness of the importance of clean ocean and the use of robot technology and artificial intelligence to face the threat of challenges facing the world, including issues of the marine environment.
The overall race was exciting as it started by racing off the flag with the logo of the Dubai First Global Challenge as part of their promotional campaign with the presence of Mohammed Al Sharhan from Dubai Future Foundation whom watches the dhow as it sails toward the finish line.
Al Asifa 118 dominated the race in general and particularly in the youth category from the beginning wherein the crew was able to find the suitable strategy leading them with a strong pushed to the finished line getting off the top spot.
The second place for the same category was taken off by boat no. 80 Al Serb owned by Al Hurr Rashid Khadim Al Muhairi and skippered by Rashid Ahmed Rashid Al Muhairi and for the third position is boat no. 18 Dahes owned and skippered by Abdulrahman Abdulla Al Marzouoqi.
In the junior category, winning the first spot of the top 3 is the boat no. 79 Al Fahad which is owned by Jasim Mohd. Ahmed Ma'ayouf and led by his son Mohamed Jasim Mohamed Ma'ayouf surprising everyone with a great win and all thanks to his crew and leadership.
Taking off the second spot in the Junior category is the boat no. 8 Ma’adi owned by Al Hurr Rashid Khadim Al Muhairi and skippered by Thani Majid Almuhairi. Last but not the least is the boat no. 9 Nuza’a who took the third position which is owned and skippered by Abdulaziz Abdulla Ahmed Alhamadi
Right after the race is the awarding ceremony for all the winners, held in the vicinity of P&O Marina in Jumeirah 4 led by the presence of Mohammed Harib, the DIMC Board Member and CEO with Hezaim Al Gemzi , the Director of Sports Department at DIMC and Mohamed AlSharhan from Dubai Future Foundation to congratulate and handover the trophy to the winners of the 22ft Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race – Heat 1