Khal­ifa-owned dhow wins race

Khaleej Times - - FRONT PAGE - kelly@khalee­j­times.com Kelly Clarke

dubai — As the back­drop over the Ara­bian Gulf slowly filled with bright white sails at 2pm on Satur­day, it marked the start of the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Ma­rine Club’s (DIMC) race sea­son. And the dhow named ‘Abu Al Abiyadh’, owned by by the Pres­i­dent, His High­ness Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, reigned vic­to­ri­ous over its 103 com­peti­tors.

As 104 tra­di­tional 43-feet long wooden dhows took to the waters this week­end, the Dubai Tra­di­tional Dhow Sail­ing Race (Heat 1) got off to a cool start, de­spite the soar­ing tem­per­a­tures in the air. But of the 104 boats that en­tered, only 90 man­aged to cross the fin­ish­ing line.

About 90 min­utes af­ter set­ting off 16 miles from the Dubai Ma­rina shores, it was skip­per Mak­toum Ateeq Al Muhairi and his team of more than 12 sailors from Abu Dhabi who cel­e­brated the win at about 3.30pm.

Rid­ing a dhow owned by the Pres­i­dent, Al Muhairi told Khaleej Times, it was Mother Na­ture who was on his side on the day.

“I’m very happy. When the race started I chose a nice spot and stayed on its course most of the race. In my opin­ion, that is what took us over the fin­ish­ing line first be­cause the wind there was re­ally good. It re­ally helped.”

Rac­ing since he was just 18, Al Muhairi, a 36-year-old, said his crew worked seam­lessly to­gether, which made the race smooth from the get go.

“There was one point where there were a lot of waves so we had to change di­rec­tion twice be­cause of that. But we worked through it well,” he said.

Us­ing noth­ing but blood, sweat, tears and sails to power the boat to its end point, just two miles from shore, on­look­ers watched as two dhows bat­tled for vic­tory, with boat num­ber 61 com­ing out on top.

Tak­ing se­cond place on the day was Bur­raq (skip­per: Rashid Mo­hammed Rashid M. Al Ru­maithi), fol­lowed by third place win­ner Al Farouq, (skip­per: Ahmed Rashid Juma Al Suwaidi).

I chose a nice spot and stayed on its course most of the race. In my opin­ion, that is what took us over the fin­ish­ing line first.”

Mak­toum Ateeq Al Muhairi, skip­per of Abu Al Abiyadh

A team in ac­tion dur­ing the Dubai Tra­di­tional Dhow Sail­ing Race.

Dhows line up as the race sea­son of the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Ma­rine Club be­gan on Satur­day.

The win­ning dhow team ex­presses their joy by wav­ing the UAE flag af­ter the Heat 1 com­pe­ti­tion.

Photos by Les­lie Pableo

A team checks the sail of their dhow be­fore the be­gin­ning of race on Satur­day. —

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