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SPORT & LEISURE - POWER BOATING

Abu Dhabi added to Class One calendar

Posted on 08/07/2009

Abu Dhabi has been accepted as the latest venue for the Class One World Powerboat Championship later this season. Abu Dhabi was chosen to host the penultimate round of the 2009 event at a meeting of promoters from International Offshore Teams Association (IOTA) and local organisers from Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) earlier this week. The agreement to host the race off the Corniche and Lulu Island in the UAE capital from November 19-21 was signed between Sheikh Hassan ...  >>MORE

Sea Dubai backs World Class One Championship

Posted on 06/03/2009

Sea Dubai has stepped in as one of the sponsors for the 2009 UIM WPPA Class One Offshore World Powerboat Championship that gets under way with the opening round in Doha next month. The sponsorship was announced yesterday by Saeed Hareb, CEO, Mina Seyahi Dubai in the presence of Marco Sala, General Secretary, International Offshore Teams Association (IOTA) and Sid Bensaleh, General Secretary, World Professional Powerboat Association (WPPA). Sea Dubai is a brand identity promoted by Hareb with ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Mohammed congratulates Victory Team on 1-2 finish in Egyptian Grand Prix

Posted on 26/10/2008

Porto Marina (Egypt - The Dubai Victory Team moved one step closer to their eighth Class 1 Powerboat World Championship as Nader Ben Hendi and Mohammed Al Marri led a Victory 1-2 finish at the Egyptian Grand Prix in Porto Marina. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Dubai, congratulated the team members, as well as members of the Dubai International Club for Marine Sports and urged them to exert more efforts to continue the achievements. The world championship favourites ...  >>MORE

Dream team

Posted on 30/08/2008

Mamaia-Constanta, Romania: With the sun beating down and temperatures touching the mid-90s, the heat is on for the trailing Class 1 World Powerboat Championship fleet as the Dubai Victory Team home in on an eighth world title on the banks of the Black Sea. The two-boat Dubai squad, currently lying first and second in the world championship, will move a step closer to the sport's premier prize with a win in tomorrow's Romanian Grand Prix. And with frustration brewing as to how to halt the ...  >>MORE

F2 powerboats championship promotion campaign launched

Posted on 04/08/2008

Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) will submit a comprehensive report on its capabilities for the organization and promotion of the Formula 2 powerboat championship to the World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA), said chairman of ADIMSC H.H Doctor Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan. The report will be discussed by WPPA at its upcoming meeting in November 2008 in Australia. Sheikh Sultan said ADIMSC which previously organised and promoted the President's Cup ...  >>MORE

F2000 Grand Prix in Fujairah

Posted on 11/02/2008

Promoters of the Continental F2000 Championship have earmarked Fujairah as a prime location for the sport, announcing it will host a Grand Prix meeting on February 23. The announcement was made by Formula World Sports, organisers of the powerboat championships, who also unveiled Bahrain, Oman and Egypt as the other Middle East venues for the competition. Altogether 18 boats from 12 nations will be vying for valuable points as well as a share of the US$30,000 prize money as Fujairah looks set ...  >>MORE

Victory 77 take European Crown

Posted on 03/09/2007

Constanta, Romania: Victory 77 powered their way to their third win of the season from four races to pick up the 2007 European crown at the Romanian Grand Prix on the waters of Lake Siutghiol here yesterday. Watched by nearly 100,000 people who flocked to this first-ever hosting of a Class One powerboat race on Romanian soil, Aref Saif Al Zafein and Jean Marc Sanchez took maximum advantage of a scorching pace set by teammates Nader Bin Hendi and Taleb Al Sayed in Victory 7. This was the third ...  >>MORE

Victory Team hungry for more Norway success

Posted on 24/07/2007

Arendal, Norway - The Victory Team are braced for even bigger battles when the WPPA Class One World Powerboat Championship travels to Oslo, Norway, in less than three weeks."We are extremely happy all went well, but we need to keep up with the pressure for the title by working even harder and add some more speed to the boats," Gian Franco Venturelli, team manager for Victory Team told Gulf News. This is the second consecutive win for the Victory Team following their one-two finish in Athens ...  >>MORE

Victory 77 wins Norwegian GP

Posted on 23/07/2007

Arendal, Norway -The Victory Team continued with their good luck affair in Arendal as Victory 77 powered its way to winning the Norwegian Grand Prix - the second round of the WPPA Class One World Powerboat Championship - ahead of Qatar 96 and teammates Victory 7 here yesterday. The win was second in-a-row for the Dubai-based team following their season opening finish in Athens last month ahead of Victory 7 and Qatar 96.Arendal has been a lucky hunting ground for the Dubai team as they recorded ...  >>MORE

President's Cup first leg tomorrow

Posted on 08/03/2007

The Dh150,000 President's Cup Formula-2000 championship powerboat race series, which extends over two weekends, will see the first leg at the Abu Dhabi Breakwaters tomorrow. Salem Rashid Al Rumaithi, who took over as the new Manager of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), said the Formula-2000 was an important event in the run-up to becoming a Formula 1 driver. "Two official practice rounds will be held today before tomorrow's first leg, which will be held at 3.15 pm," he ...  >>MORE

Khorfakkan to host Formula 2000

Posted on 14/02/2007

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has signed an agreement to host the President's Cup Formula 2000 Powerboat Championship in Khorfakkan next month. The agreement between the SCTDA and the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) will allow Sharjah to organise and host the President's Cup Formula 2000 Championship in Khorfakkan on March 15-16. This agreement to host the President's Cup Formula 2000 Championship reflects the care of the authority in ...  >>MORE

Great chance for Emirates team to secure titles

Posted on 08/12/2006

The Emirates Formula One Team have a golden chance to win the individual and team titles of the UIM FI Powerboats World Championship when they take to the waters in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix today. American Scott Gillman, the captain of the team, and his UAE's colleague, Thani Al Qamzi are placed first and third respectively on the drivers standing, one round before the end of the championship. Gillman is leading the standings with 50 points from four rounds, while Guido Cappellini, the ...  >>MORE

UAE cyclists set modest targets at the Games

Posted on 04/12/2006

Doha: As they weave in and out of coaches and trucks on Doha's roads, three members of the UAE cycling team fervently hope that their bright red-and-white uniforms will keep them visible and safe. Negotiating the chaotic roundabouts is the trickiest part of a morning's ride, but quick reactions and snappy acceleration have kept them out of trouble so far. Obligingly, they pull over on the road outside Athletes Village for a quick chat. Hamad Bin Took and Ahmad Ali Jamar are part of the ...  >>MORE

Victory Team in battle for the title

Posted on 24/11/2006

The Victory 77 duo of Mohammad Al Merri and Jean Marc Sanchez are hopeful of giving Spirit of Norway a run for the title when action resumes off the Mina Seyahi waters today. The Dubai-based title hopefuls and six-time former world champions want to keep their aspirations alive by winning the last two races on the UIM Class One Offshore Powerboat calendar. And standing in their way is the Spirit of Norway duo of Bjorn Gjelsten and Steve Curtis. The Victory Team last won the crown in ...  >>MORE

New governing body planned

Posted on 23/11/2006

"The World Professional Powerboat Association (WPPA) will be a completely new body for all watersports, not just Class 1 Powerboats," said DIMC supremo Saeed Hareb, confirming on Wednesday that Class 1 teams would now have to make a decision on whether to stay on with the UIM or join this newly formed body. This season has seen more than its fair share of controversy after an embarrassing revelation earlier this year showed documented proof that a representative for the sports governing ...  >>MORE

Victory Team make it a memorable double

Posted on 07/08/2006

Victory made it a memorable double in a closely-contested British Grand Prix, the fifth round of the World Powerboating Championship, at Plymouth yesterday. The first place of Mohammad Al Merri and Jean Marc Sanchez in Victory 77, their maiden win this season, propelled them to the second place in the world championship standings. Victory 77's triumph capped a stunning weekend for the Dubai-based team after Victory 7, comprising Nadir Bin Hindi and Ahmad Al Suwaidi, took the third spot, ...  >>MORE

Victory 77 clinch Plymouth pole

Posted on 06/08/2006

Plymouth, England - Marking the half way point of the 2006 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship season, the Honda British Grand Prix pole position event declared Victory 77's Mohammad Al Merri and Jean Marc pole position winners with a fastest lap of 2mins and 58secs. Bringing in second ahead of red boat Jotun were Qatar 96 with team-mates Qatar 95 in 4th. 5th fastest went to Roscioli Hotels with Victory 7's Nadir Bin Hindi and Ahmad Al Suwaidi just out of the top 5 with a 6th place ...  >>MORE

UAE pair cruise in first round

Posted on 23/01/2006

UAE's Rashid Al Merri and co-pilot Salem Al Hamly, on board the boat Al Masoud, emerged winners of the first round of the GCC Championship for Offshore Powerboats Class III in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday. The race, organised by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, (ADIMSC) was delayed 24 hours because of the strong winds on Friday. Rashid Al Hamly and co-driver Ahmad Al Hamly, steering ADCCC, came in second while Italian Minano Amdid and co-pilot Fabio Bartoluki were third ...  >>MORE

Victory 77 wins Powerboating World Championship

Posted on 10/12/2005

Mohammed Al Marri of the UAE and his French assistant John Mark, won yesterday the final race of the Powerboating World Championship organised here yesterday by the Dubai International Marine Sports Club. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Al Marri vows to fight for world title dream

Posted on 05/11/2005

Victory power boating champion Mohammed Al Marri has promised to keep on racing until he brings the UIM Class 1 world title back to the UAE. Al Marri won the world crown in 2001 for the Dubai-based team. And after three years without getting his hands on the trophy, he is hungrier than ever for more silverware. e goes into rounds six and seven in Qatar starting tomorrow, with his throttleman Jean Marc Sanchez and their Victory 77 boat lying third in the latest world championship standings. ...  >>MORE

Confident Victory Team set for world championship

Posted on 02/07/2005

The countdown has begun to the first round of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship the Honda British Grand Prix in Plymouth on July 17. This season promises to be an intriguing and closely contested one. A combination of revised driver pairings, several all new line-ups plus a mix of new rulings make it impossible to predict a race winner let alone the eventual outcome of the 2005 title race. Ten boats will line-up on Plymouth Sound for the 18-lap, 97.75Nm Honda British Grand Prix ...  >>MORE

Spirit of UAE is surprise winner in Class 3 contest

Posted on 30/04/2005

Unheralded Spirit of UAE sprang a surprise to win the UIM Class III World Offshore Powerboat Championship for six litre boats as La Vida Loca clinched the final heat of the UAE International Offshore Powerboat Championship, also for Class III (6-litre) boats at Mina Seyahi yesterday. ...  >>MORE

Last two rounds of offshore event to serve as world meet

Posted on 29/01/2005

The International Federation of Marine Sports (UIM) has decided to consider the last two rounds of the UAE Offshore Championship for Class III Powerboats in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as the World Championship for the 6 ltr category in recognition of the country's efforts to spread and improve the sport. "The UIM decision is a great honour for our country and it is a deserved recognition for our efforts to spread and improve all marine sports." Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the Chairman ...  >>MORE

Gillman powers Emirates to F1 victory

Posted on 18/12/2004

Emirates F1 Team's American driver Scott Gillman signed off in style when he clinched the Sharjah Grand Prix at the Khalid lagoon yesterday. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Nakheel boosts Class 1 Championship

Posted on 30/11/2004

Nakheel, Dubai's premier real estate developer, has given a major boost to the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship by taking the role of title sponsor for the first of two rounds to be held in the Emirate in a dramatic climax to the 2004 series. Organised by Dubai International Marine Club and taking place on December 3, the Nakheel Grand Prix will be the seventh and penultimate round of a championship now heading for a thrilling title showdown between Bjorn Gjelsten and Steve Curtis in ...  >>MORE

Victory 7 clinch European title

Posted on 16/08/2004

Oslo, Norway: Ali Al Qama and Ali Nasser won an incident-ridden heat Four of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship to clinch the 2004 European Championship. Leading the championship by a clear 13 points, Al Qama and Nasser's 4th place finish at the Colour Line Scandinavian Grand Prix yesterday sufficed to bring home the title for Dubai's Victory Team. "We are proud to have brought the European Championship back, not just for Victory 7, but for the whole team and for Dubai," said Al ...  >>MORE

Dubai-based Victory 77 came up with a second-place finish in the pole positions

Posted on 15/08/2004

Oslo, Norway: Spirit of Norway, driven by Bjorn Gjelsten and Steve Curtis, raised their hopes of scoring a home win in today's Colour Line Scandinavian Grand Prix yesterday by winning yesterday's pole position run. Spirit of Norway clocked the fastest lap time of 2 minutes 55.37 seconds. "This is great result for Sunday's line up, it will certainly put us in a good position for the race." said throttleman Steve Curtis. In second place for Dubai's Victory Team, were Mohammad Al Merri and Jean ...  >>MORE

Victory Team's Nasser eyes fourth Euro title

Posted on 14/08/2004

Oslo, Norway : Victory Team's Ali Nasser will bid to win his fourth European Championship when the Colour Line Scandinavian Grand Prix takes place tomorrow. Nasser's previous wins came in 1999 (with Randy Scism), in 2000 (with Khalfan Harib) and in 2001 (with Ali Al Qama). Together with Ali Al Qama, his Victory 7 partner, Nasser will carry a four- point advantage over Spirit of Norway's Bjorn Gjelsten and Steve Curtis into the title decider. Whilst the battle for the European crown has ...  >>MORE

Victory Team to go all out for victory

Posted on 10/08/2004

Victory Team will be aiming for an all out win in the Colour Line Scandinavian Grand Prix, which marks the halfway stage to the series and will act as the conclusion to the European Championship, to be held in Oslo from August 13-15. Ali Nasser and Ali Al Qama in Victory 7, leading the standing in both the championship and European standings with 44 points, four ahead of Spirit of Norway, will be eagerly anticipating the drop of the green flag of the Heat 4 of the UIM Class One World ...  >>MORE

Victory 7 claim British GP, wrest lead in rankings

Posted on 19/07/2004

Plymouth, England: Ali Nasser and Ali Al Qama in Victory 7 followed up on their stunning Pole Position performance to clinch the Honda British Grand Prix, round three of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship here yesterday. In a heart-stopping race, the Dubai pairing led from start to finish to complete the double in Plymouth and put the Victory Team team back in contention for the world title. The result also catapulted Victory 7 to the top of the overall standings. "This is the best ...  >>MORE

Victory 7 team storm to pole position in British GP

Posted on 18/07/2004

Plymouth, UK - Dubai's Victory 7 threw down the gauntlet for today's British Grand Prix when the pair of Ali Al Qama and Ali Nasser stormed to first place at yesterday's Pole position run. Al Qama and Ali Nasser clocked a fastest lap time of 3.12 to spoil a home town sweep for favourites Britain's Steve Curtis and Bjorn Gjlsten in Spirit of Norway, who finished second. "This is a fantastic result for all of us, not just for Victory 7 but for the whole team,” said Ali Nasser, driver for Victory ...  >>MORE

Powerboat's finest set

Posted on 17/07/2004

England: The city of Plymouth on the Southern coast of England welcomed powerboat's finest as 10 Class One boats and their crews gathered to compete for top honours in the Honda British Grand Prix, heat 3 of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship which takes place over the next three days. Although grey skies and rains have been forecast, it is unlikely to put a dampener on the proceedings for Sunday's race off the cold Atlantic waters in front of thousands of spectators. The teams, ...  >>MORE

Victory 77 battle to second place as Spirit make blistering start to series

Posted on 24/05/2004

Spirit of Norway, the reigning World, Pole and Middle East Champions made a blistering start to the 2004 Superfund UIM Class One World Powerboat Championship season when they won yesterday's opening round on the Rover Tagus. The Anglos-Saxon pairing of Bjorn Gjelsten and Steve Curtis looked to be in fine form as they won from the Victory 77 entry of Jean-Marc Sanchez and Mohammed Al Marri, while Britain's Chris Parsonage made an excellent start to his UIM career when he clinched the final ...  >>MORE

Jean Marc set to partner Al Marri

Posted on 19/05/2004

Test driver and Victory Team crew chief Jean Marc Sanchez will stand in with Mohammed Al Marri in the cockpit of Victory 77 for the 2004 offshore powerboat season. The decision to partner Sanchez with Al Marri has been made following the absence of Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, throttleman for Victory Team, and the first Arab and only the second man in history to win three Class One World Championship. Al Tayer will not participate in the 2004 series. As a temporary stand in to partner Mohammed Al ...  >>MORE

Rashid, Ahmed guide ADIMSC to victory

Posted on 31/01/2004

ADIMSC boat, with Rashid Jaber Al Hamli and Ahmed Ali Al Hamli at the helm, won the Abu Dhabi Round of the UAE International Offshore Powerboat championship in the capital on Thursday. They completed the six-lap course with a time of 32.41.67. La Vida Loca was third and the drivers were Christian Rivolta and Giovanni Carpitella. Al Masoud skipper by Rashid Al Marri and Salim Fadel Al Hamli secured the third place ahead of Finnracing I (Petri Rantanen/ Carl Nykopp). (The Gulf Today) ...  >>MORE

Thani staves off European challenge

Posted on 10/01/2004

UAE's Thani Attig Al Qamzy won the Abu Dhabi Formula 2 Grand Prix, the first round of the President's Cup, on his way to defending the title he won in 2002 and 2003, leaving second place to his Italian contender Ivan Brigada. Brigada should have led the race from the start as he won the pole run, a day earlier, but his hesitance at the start gave Thani a good chance to jump to the lead where he was followed closely by Swedish driver Ragnar Friberg. Thani benefited from his experience in F1 ...  >>MORE

Sharjah raring to go with Formula One Grand prix

Posted on 30/11/2003

The countdown to the Formula One Grand Prix has begun with the organisers holding the last meeting on Saturday to ensure that the preparation is adequate for the event. Mohammed Ali Al Noman, director of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority which is organising the event met with officials of the Sharjah government and sponsors to review the preparations. Details of the event will be officially announced on December 3 in Sharjah where the Formula One promoter Nicolo San Germano ...  >>MORE

Al Tayer, Al Marri in Victory 77storm into second place

Posted on 11/08/2003

Spirit of Norway stormed in for a home crowd win yesterday during the 4th heat of the UIM Class 1 Superfund World Powerboat championship. The finish on the 100-nautical-mile course put them in a firm standing for the title defence of their Class 1 crown. But although it was the Norwegian team that stole the top spot, the winning story proved to be Victory Teams Saeed Al Tayer and Mohammed Al Marri in Victory 77. The 2001 World Champions finally looked to be back on the winning track after ...  >>MORE

Victory Team train sights on Oslo

Posted on 09/08/2003

The fourth heat of the UIM Class 1 Superfund Powerboat World Championship will resume battle stations this weekend in the Norwegian city of Oslo.A firm favourite in the powerboating calendar, the Color Line Scandinavian Grand Prix signals the halfway mark for the 2003 season when the Pole Position gets underway today. Recovering from the battering sustained during the last heat, the lull in between races has witnessed crew members for the big boats providing some intensive TLC. Rough sea ...  >>MORE

UAE's Al Qamzy strikes a lucky second

Posted on 05/08/2003

The UAE's promising pilot Thani Atiq Al Qamzy took all by surprise as he ended in the runner-up spot at the German Grand Prix of the 2003 UIM World Formula One Powerboating Championship, on Sunday. Qamzy finished the race in 81 minutes, 9.64 seconds behind Italian Francesco Cantando who went on to win the race in 81:04.64 minutes to share the leadership in the overall standings with countryman and reigning champion, Guido Cappellini with 55 points after four rounds. Cappellini and American ...  >>MORE

Victory Team win British Grand Prix

Posted on 28/07/2003

Plymouth, England - Heat three of the Class 1 Superfund World Powerboat Championship may have been a rain drenched grey affair, but the winning colour proved to be blue through and through with Victory Team claiming top honours in the Gervas Property British Grand Prix. Held for its third consecutive year, Plymouth witnessed Dubai's Victory Team put a determined halt to Spirit of Norway's winning streak. An all out display of some of the fiercest nautical action on the high seas had Ali Al ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi added to Class One calendar


Sea Dubai backs World Class One Championship


Hamdan bin Mohammed congratulates Victory Team on 1-2 finish in Egyptian Grand Prix


Dream team


F2 powerboats championship promotion campaign launched


F2000 Grand Prix in Fujairah


Victory 77 take European Crown


Victory Team hungry for more Norway success


Victory 77 wins Norwegian GP


President's Cup first leg tomorrow


Khorfakkan to host Formula 2000


Great chance for Emirates team to secure titles


UAE cyclists set modest targets at the Games


Victory Team in battle for the title


New governing body planned


Victory Team make it a memorable double


Victory 77 clinch Plymouth pole


UAE pair cruise in first round


Victory 77 wins Powerboating World Championship


Al Marri vows to fight for world title dream


Confident Victory Team set for world championship


Spirit of UAE is surprise winner in Class 3 contest


Last two rounds of offshore event to serve as world meet


Gillman powers Emirates to F1 victory


Nakheel boosts Class 1 Championship


Victory 7 clinch European title


Dubai-based Victory 77 came up with a second-place finish in the pole positions


Victory Team's Nasser eyes fourth Euro title


Victory Team to go all out for victory


Victory 7 claim British GP, wrest lead in rankings


Victory 7 team storm to pole position in British GP


Powerboat's finest set


Victory 77 battle to second place as Spirit make blistering start to series


Jean Marc set to partner Al Marri


Rashid, Ahmed guide ADIMSC to victory


Thani staves off European challenge


Sharjah raring to go with Formula One Grand prix


Al Tayer, Al Marri in Victory 77storm into second place


Victory Team train sights on Oslo


UAE's Al Qamzy strikes a lucky second


Victory Team win British Grand Prix