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SPORT & LEISURE - TRADITIONAL BOAT RACE

Al Sahel knocks the wind out of champion Al Zeer in Dhow race

Posted on 28/05/2012

Patience and cunning tactics was the key to the success of surprise winner Al Sahel at the 22nd Al Gaffal 60ft Traditional Dhow Sailing Race. Skippered and owned by Saeed Salem Saeed Al Rumaithi, Al Sahel upset the inspiring comeback that defending champion Al Zeer, skippered by Mohammed Rashid Bin Shaheen, had planned in the hopes of clinching a record fifth title. Braving a harshly windy start, quickly followed by the exact opposite, Al Sahel saw the Burj Al Arab emerge from the haze in ...  >>MORE

Thousands take part in Dubai dhow race

Posted on 24/05/2009

More than 90 dhows and 2,000 Emirati crew members took part in the 19th annual Sur Bin Naa'ir Race on Saturday. The race, billed as one of the biggest traditional sailing races in the world, gave residents and tourists breathtaking views of the boats finishing in front of the city's skyscrapers. The dhows started from Sur Bu Naa'ir Island before rounding Moon Island and finished at the Mina Seyahi in front of The Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC). Families and friends of the competing ...  >>MORE

Dhow race keeps tradition alive

Posted on 01/02/2009

Emiratis and GCC nationals raced 80 dhows along the coast of Dubai yesterday in a route designed to reflect one that pearl divers used years ago. The race began at The World islands, with the traditional sailing boats carrying 15 to 20 people past The Palm Jumeirah to The Palm Jebel Ali before finishing at the Burj Al Arab. This is a traditional race that has been happening in the country for a long time now,” said Admiral Mohammed al Khaosan, a former commander-in-chief of the UAE Navy and ...  >>MORE

Burraq beats large field to win the Traditional Dhow sailing race

Posted on 12/01/2009

Skipper Rashid Mohammad Rashid Al Rumaithi led 'Burraq' to a superb win in the Dubai Traditional 43-feet Dhow Sailing Race held at the Mina Seyahi waters on Saturday. On a day that saw good winds to assist sailing, Rashid used all his experience, skill and tactic to finish ahead of the Mohammad Rashid Bin Shaheen-skippered 'Seda'a' and Faraj Al Muhairbi's 'Atlas'. Al Rumaithi was thrilled with his superb finish. "I feel so happy that I have achieved this win. "I cannot find words to describe ...  >>MORE

Al Rumaithi takes honours in traditional dhow race

Posted on 18/02/2008

Forty-four traditional dhows took part in the first heat of the three-round series which acts as a build-up to the Sir Bu Naair race. After much chaos at the starting line behind the buoys, the fleet took off, leaping forward with the thrust of strong winds. To complete the 15 NM journey involving a turn buoy mark, the 60ft dhows had to sail across from The World to the Jebel Ali Channel and then use the downwind to reach the finish line outside Mina Seyahi. Though only 35 dhows made it to ...  >>MORE

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