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SARF Dubai – Muscat Race Results

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The results for the 2013 Dubai to Muscat SARF race have been announced.

Lee Overlay Partners with Adrian Lee at the Helm took first place with a corrected time of 2 days 17 hours 31 min 7 secs.

For the full breakdown of the final result please see below:

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NEWSFLASH – Lee Overlay Partners Breaks Course Record

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Dubai to Muscat Race – Tuesday 5 November 2013 – Louay Habib

Adrian Lee’s Cookson 50, Lee Overlay Partners, has claimed line honours for the IRC Racing Division in the 2013 Dubai to Muscat Race, sponsored by Xtra-Link.

The Irish canting keel racing yacht crossed the finish line at Muscat on Tuesday, 5 November at 11:58 40 seconds (local time). Lee Overlay Partners elapsed time for the race was 2 Days 53 Mins at 40 Secs, setting a new course record for the 360-mile race.

Adrian Lee was full of praise for his crew, after breaking the monohull record for the longest offshore yacht race in the Arab region that has lasted for 13 years.

“The crew have been absolutely first class, we have sailed together for many years and beating the course record is a very special moment for us. We think we have done well on handicap but we will just have to see how the competition does before we will really know. I think we made some excellent tactical decisions and if we had to run the same race again, I doubt if we would have changed much. What has really surprised me about the race is the 30 knots of wind we experienced for most of yesterday. It was not forecast and seemed to just come from nowhere. The boat was sitting at 16 knots for long periods and flying down the beautiful Omani coast line was very special. We have received a very warm welcome at Bandar Al Rowdha Marina”

Lee Overlay Partners for the Dubai to Muscat Race: Adrian Lee, James Hemingway, Ilya Lee Paveliev, Scott Wilson, Emmet Kerin, James Gunne, Tim Corney, Neil Harrison, Ruairi Herraghty Robert Witte and Daniel McKeown, who took the photo as the team crossed the finish line.

The 22nd Dubai to Muscat Race is organised under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing club. HH Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan was the guest of honour for the start. The 360-mile race is the longest offshore yacht race in the region and is organised by The United Arab Emirates Sailing and Rowing Federation in association with the Ministry of Sports Affairs, the Sultanate of Oman.

For regular updates including satellite tracking of all of the yachts, click here

Dubai to Muscat Race – Record Breaking Pace

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2013 Dubai to Muscat Race – Tuesday 5 November – Dubai, United Arab Emirates. – by Louay Habib

The monohull record for the longest offshore yacht race in the Arab region looks set to be broken. The record has stood for 13 years. Yesterday afternoon, the wind speed picked up significantly in the Gulf of Oman, propelling Adrian Lee’s Cookson 50, Lee Overlay Partners at record breaking pace.

“The Strait of Hormuz was an impressive sight with the mountains of Musandam in clear view, it was a spectacular exit from the Arabian Gulf and what followed was a dramatic introduction to the Indian Ocean.” reported Adrian Lee via Thuraya Satellite phone. “A storm blew in from astern and with the wind speed touching 30 knots, we were often at over ten knots of boat speed and surfing down waves at over 16 knots, what a ride! The storm seemed to pass but the wind hardly decreased, we are trucking along, but dead down wind, so we have had to put in a few big gybes, which the crew have executed with great precision, morale on board is fantastic.”

Race Organisers, GWM Racing have reported that 3 yachts have retired with all the crew safe and well. Fawzi al Sultan’s Kuwaiti team on Dolce Vita put into port just after Ras Al Khaimah and the Emirates team on Adel Lootah’s Jadi made safe haven at Fujairah.

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XS35 catamaran, Blackwater skippered by Matt Vukelich has also retired. “We had a tough beat to leave the Strait of Hormuz, with 18 knots of wind on the nose it was pretty bumpy on board.” Reported Matt via Thuraya satellite phone. “We were just looking forward to coming off the wind, for what would have been a fantastic ride, when one of our rudders broke. As required by the rules of the race we had a spare, which we fitted but we decided to retire from the race as a precaution. We are disheartened to say the least but happy no one got hurt and we all had a great time!”
The monohull record for The Dubai to Muscat Race was set in 2000 by Twister, skippered by Marco Graziano. In strong winds and a significant sea state the UAE registered J/105, Twister was often sailing with just a heavily reefed mainsail and completed the course in 2 days 3 hours 52 mins 31 secs.

Lee Overlay Partners need to finish the race by 14:52 and 30 secs to become the first overseas yacht to hold the record for 13 years. Today at 0940 local time, Lee Overlay Partners was 20 miles from the finish but the wind speed was dropping dramatically.

Eric Laing’s Beneteau 57, Yours Truly was the first yacht to finish the race in the Club Class. Finishing in the early hours of this morning, the UAE based team have won the class for the second year in a row.
The 22nd Dubai to Muscat Race is organised under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing club. HH Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan was the guest of honour for the start. The 360-mile race is the longest offshore yaht race in the region and is organised by The United Arab Emirates Sailing and Rowing Federation in association with the Ministry of Sports Affairs, the Sultanate of Oman.

For regular updates including satellite tracking of all of the yachts, click here.

Dubai to Muscat Race – Approaching The Strait of Hormuz

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Dubai to Muscat Race – Monday 4 November – Dubai, United Arab Emirates. – Louay Habib

After a perfect start in Dubai, the IRC Division of the 22nd Dubai to Muscat Race, sponsored by Xtra-Link, is well under way. The front runners passed Ras al-Khaimah during the night and are approaching the Strait of Hormuz.

Irish Cookson 50, Lee Overlay Partners has enjoyed a spectacular reach along the Arabian Gulf, as Adrian Lee explained via Thuraya Satellite phone.

“I will never forget the start, it was a totally knew experience racing past the Dubai skyscrapers in warm breeze and brilliant sunshine. Approaching nightfall, we had to make our first big tactical decision; inshore for land breeze or offshore for gradient wind. We tacked out and it looks to have paid off, as the gradient breeze from the north just about held and we kept moving but at times, only just. However, what a night, dolphins came to visit us and shooting stars and thousands of others were utterly amazing. I have never seen a night sky like it.”

This morning, Lee Overlay Partners is back up to full speed. Just before dawn, the Irish Cookson 50 tacked onto Port to lay the Strait of Hormuz and the breeze seems to be lifting the overall towards the strait with a boat speed in excess of 8 knots, the leader should past through to the Indian Ocean this afternoon. Lee Overaly Partners’ closest rival on the water is the hi-tech XS35 catamaran, Blackwater with a team from Southern California, skippered by Matt Vukelich.

Meanwhile the bulk of the fleet opted for the inshore option and suffered from the decision. Doug and Claire Hassell’s First 44.7, Diablo made great gains on the first day, at one point the British team was ahead of Lee Overlay Partners. However, as the breeze faltered at dusk, Diablo’s progress slowed. On the water Diablo is now over ten miles behind Lee Overlay Partners but racing under the IRC measurement system, Diablo was the leader after time correction.

DOSC Rear Commodore, David Worrall racing First 36.7, Shahrazad reported last night via Thuraya Satellite connection. “The wind has died inshore and with about a knot of current against us, we had to put down our anchor, so that we would not go backwards. All we can do now is wait for the morning and hope that wind will arrive.”

The wind looks to be shifting to a north easterly direction today, which means that Lee Overlay Partners are gaining from the change, whilst yachts inshore have got the wrong side of the shift. Jean Girard, sailing Two-handed with his wife, aboard First 34.7, Dame Jeanne looks very well placed after IRC time correction and also well placed offshore to take advantage of the shift.

Today, the Dubai to Muscat Race will enter a crucial stage. Weather forecasts predict building breeze in the Gulf of Oman. However to get to the fresh wind, first the fleet must pass through the Strait of Hormuz. The narrow gateway to the Indian Ocean is notorious for ocean currents and squalls and the scenery is breathtaking. The rugged fjords of the Mussandam Peninsular, south of the Strait of Hormuz, are often described as the Norway of the East.

The 22nd Dubai to Muscat Race is organised under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing club. HH Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan was the guest of honour for the start. The 360-mile race is the longest offshore yacht race in the region and is organised by The United Arab Emirates Sailing and Rowing Federation in association with the Ministry of Sports Affairs, the Sultanate of Oman.

For regular updates including satellite tracking of all of the yachts, click here

2012 Dubai to Muscat Race – Omnia’s Fish Supper

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The Dubai to Muscat Yacht Race organised by the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation and hosted by the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. HH Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Bin Saqr Al Nahyan, Chairman of the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation was the guest of honour for the start.

After four nights at sea, the smallest yacht in the Rally Class for the 360-mile voyage completed the course on Wednesday 21st November. Sarah Baerschmidt’s Beneteau 30, Omnia has a crew of five sailors from USA, Great Britain and South Africa.

“We had a very efficient watch system.” Explained Sarah. “Two on deck and three below. Every two hours one crewmember would come off watch, which meant we had good continuity and plenty of rest. The weather was quite extra-ordinary; we had periods of flat calm and at times big seas and high winds. Probably the most memorable moment was crossing into Oman near Khasab. It was flat calm and a small Omani fishing boat motored over to us and offered us a magnificent tuna, which he refused to take any money for. It was a good 4 kilos of meat and wrapped in tin foil with a few slices of lemon, it made a fantastic meal on the barbeque.”

Next Saturday, Omnia will be competing in the Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup, racing under IRC Omnia will race back to Khasab and will be vying for a share of the $50,000 cash purse. In the meantime the multinational crew will be enjoying the hospitality of Bandar Al Rowdha Marina in Muscat.

With all of the Rally Class in the Dubai to Muscat Race safely moored in Bandar Al Rowhda Marina, attention now turns to the class racing under IRC. Peter Wykeham-Martin of GWM Racing expects the leading yachts to finish around sunset tonight.

Dubai based communications company, Xtra-Link has equipped the yachts with the latest satellite communications equipment. Including Thuraya XT satellite phones and hi-tech tracking devices. Allowing race fans, all over the world, to watch the race live. http://www.xtra-track.com/regatta

2012 Dubai to Muscat Race – Breakfast in Muscat

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news-image3The Dubai to Muscat Yacht Race organised by the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation and hosted by the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. HH Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Bin Saqr Al Nahyan, Chairman of the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation was the guest of honour for the start.

 

At noon local time on Monday 20th November, the Rally Class in the 21st Dubai to Muscat Race was all moored up in the safety of Bandar Al Rowdha Marina, except for Gordon Joyce’s Talitha and the smallest entry in the race; Sarah Baerschmidt’s Beneteau 30, Omnia. Talitha was just 25 miles from Muscat, whilst Omnia is expected to finish the 360-mile voyage later today or early tomorrow morning. The Rally Class had a feisty finish to the race, experiencing gusty squalls in excess of 30 knots during the last night.

The first Rally Class yacht to finish was Ric Schotte’s First 36.7, Southern Cross crewed by a mixture of Australians, South African and British Sailors, the team enjoyed a fantastic three days at sea.

“After some great sailing through the Arabian Gulf, the wind died and we motored through the calms. The Rally Class is all about getting to Muscat safely and in plenty of time.” Commented Eric Schotte. “We had the barbeque going on board with some great victualing from Debs Zyborski we ate extremely well but we did have to resort to the conventional oven when the breeze got above 20 knots! Some of the guys have got to get back to work but we have been made very welcome at Bandar Al Rowdha, maybe we will just stay here and enjoy ourselves instead!”

Whilst Southern Cross was the first yacht to finish in the Rally Class, the winner is far from decided until Omnia finish the race. Eric Laing’s Beneteau 75,Yours Truly was the first yacht to complete the Dubai to Muscat Race under sail alone in the Rally Class.

The IRC Class left Dubai on Sunday and is now through The Straits of Hormuz and into the Gulf of Oman. Last night there was solid pressure of over 20 knots with thunderstorms and squalls charging up the night sky. Doug Hassell’s First 44.7, Diablo has led the class from the start but sail damage has halted their progress. “We got knocked down by a big squall last night and damaged the mainsail.” Reported Hassell via Thuraya Satellite phone. “Everybody on board is fine but we are heading in to make repairs. We intend to motor back to our position and finish the race. We are all proud to be supporting the PSP Association to raise the profile of such a tragic disease and we are determined to finish, come what may.”

Team Diablo may well be out of the running for a win in the IRC Class, however Doug Worrall’s First 36.7, Sharazad and Calum McKie’s Grand Soleil 37, Boracic are very much in the running. The two yachts are having an epic battle in the Indian Ocean with 130 miles to go.

The international fleet of sailors from Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and South Africa are expected to arrive in Muscat over the next two days to participate in the Muscat Regatta. Two days of inshore racing are scheduled involving well over 100 dinghies and keelboats. Followed by the grand finale where 15 yachts are expected to take part in the Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup with a $50,000 cash prize fund.

Dubai based communications company, Xtra-Link has equipped the yachts with the latest satellite communications equipment. Including Thuraya XT satellite phones and hi-tech tracking devices. Allowing race fans, all over the world, to watch the race live. http://www.xtra-track.com/regatta

 

2012 Dubai to Muscat Race

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The Dubai to Muscat Yacht Race organised by the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation and hosted by the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. HH Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Bin Saqr Al Nehayan, Chairman of the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation was the guest of honour for the start.

The 21st edition of the historic race got off to a fantastic start on Saturday 17th November 2012 with the Rally Class first to go and enjoying near perfect sailing conditions with blazing sunshine, good breeze and flat blue water. Competitors relished 12 knots of wind from the northwest providing a fast reaching start along the glittering shoreline of Dubai. The wind held through the night and by dawn on the second day, the leading yachts had safely sailed through the Arabian Gulf and The Straits of Hormuz.

24 hours into the race, the leaders were experiencing the fresher conditions in the Gulf of Oman, enjoying sublime air temperatures and ocean swell. By Sunday 18th November 1100 local time, Ric Schotte’s First 36.7, Southern Cross and Eric Laing’s Beneteau 57, Yours Truly were leading the fleet, virtually side by side. The two yachts had enjoyed an exciting duel through the first day and night, swapping the lead on several occasions.

The IRC Racing division started, Sunday 18th November. An international fleet of performance cruisers set off from Dubai for the 360 nautical mile race to Muscat. By dawn on Monday 19th November. The IRC Racing Division was approaching one of the trickiest parts of the course; the complex tides of The Straits of Hormuz. Doug Hassell’s First 44.7, Diablo was leading the fleet and contacted the media team via Thuraya satellite:

“We chose an inshore route to make the best of breeze coming from land, whilst our closest competition Sharazad went further offshore and it looks like the decision paid off for us.” Reported Paul Spencer, on board Diablo. “But there were fishing boats everywhere and at one point we had to do a crash tack to miss a fishing line. It was probably only 3 meters away from us, that was a little bit exciting to say the least.”

The international fleet of sailors from Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and South Africa are expected to arrive in Muscat over the next two days to participate in the Muscat Regatta. Barrie Harmsworth’s Bin Toak has four Emirate crew on board including Adil Khalid, who competed in the last Volvo Ocean Race with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

“This race is an important part of the development of offshore racing in the GCC. The United Arab Emirates was the first nation to compete in the round the world race and it is important that we continue that. The UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation is determined to promote all types of yacht racing in our country.” Commented Adil.

Dubai based communications company, Xtra-Link has equipped the yachts with the latest satellite communications equipment. Including Thuraya XT satellite phones and hi-tech tracking devices. Allowing race fans, all over the world, to watch the race live.

Team Diablo competing in the Dubai Muscat and Muscat Khasab race in support of PSPA

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Team Diablo will be sailing their Beneteau First 44.7 in both the Dubai to Muscat and the Muscat to Khasab races, all with a focus to raise awareness and funds for a disease called PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy).

Team Diablo became involved in raising awareness and funds for PSP when a close friend’s father passed away due to the disease in 2010.

Nicola Turnbull’s father, Bob Keeler, suffered from PSP and Nicola set up a Tribute Fund to help increase the awareness of the disease and to raise funds to enable the PSP Association to continue their work in research of the mysterious disease and supporting sufferers of PSP and their families.

Nicola & Lee Turnbull have also funded the Bob Keeler Memorial ‘Round the World’ Race held in February each year as part of the DOSC Racing calendar, spreading the word to DOSC members – but they want to spread the word even further.

Nicola’s husband Lee sails with Team Diablo which is based at DOSC in Dubai and says ‘I am proud to be part of a team that cares about the effects PSP can have and is willing to work hard to win as many races in our first year racing together – all to help Nicola raise the profile of such a tragic disease’.

Diablo’s owners, Clare & Doug Hassell are also proud of their team. ‘This is our first racing year and our first offshore race together, as a team of 12 people that are from all across the world and we’ve done really well’, says Clare; with Doug adding ‘We are so proud that we won the Abu Dhabi Offshore race and finished second in Class 1 of the Abu Dhabi Yachting Cup. We hope to continue the efforts so we can help spread the word about PSP and raise as much funds as possible. We’re trying to get as much support and sponsorship for the Dubai Muscat and Muscat Khasab races.

PSP is a degenerative brain disease, which affects eye movement, balance, mobility, speech and swallowing. The disease is frequently misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease due to similar symptoms and affects 6 in 100,000 people. Daily Mail diarist Nigel Dempster and actor Dudley Moore both suffered from this disease. There is currently no treatment or cure.

For further information, contact Nicola Turnbull on 00971 (0) 50 657 6605.

To make a donation – visit www.justgiving.com/saillingforPSP

Team Diablo competing in the Dubai Muscat and Muscat Khasab race in support of PSPA

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Team Diablo will be sailing their Beneteau First 44.7 in both the Dubai to Muscat and the Muscat to Khasab races, all with a focus to raise awareness and funds for a disease called PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy).

Team Diablo became involved in raising awareness and funds for PSP when a close friend’s father passed away due to the disease in 2010.

Nicola Turnbull’s father, Bob Keeler, suffered from PSP and Nicola set up a Tribute Fund to help increase the awareness of the disease and to raise funds to enable the PSP Association to continue their work in research of the mysterious disease and supporting sufferers of PSP and their families.

Nicola & Lee Turnbull have also funded the Bob Keeler Memorial ‘Round the World’ Race held in February each year as part of the DOSC Racing calendar, spreading the word to DOSC members – but they want to spread the word even further.

Nicola’s husband Lee sails with Team Diablo which is based at DOSC in Dubai and says ‘I am proud to be part of a team that cares about the effects PSP can have and is willing to work hard to win as many races in our first year racing together – all to help Nicola raise the profile of such a tragic disease’.

Diablo’s owners, Clare & Doug Hassell are also proud of their team. ‘This is our first racing year and our first offshore race together, as a team of 12 people that are from all across the world and we’ve done really well’, says Clare; with Doug adding ‘We are so proud that we won the Abu Dhabi Offshore race and finished second in Class 1 of the Abu Dhabi Yachting Cup. We hope to continue the efforts so we can help spread the word about PSP and raise as much funds as possible. We’re trying to get as much support and sponsorship for the Dubai Muscat and Muscat Khasab races.

PSP is a degenerative brain disease, which affects eye movement, balance, mobility, speech and swallowing. The disease is frequently misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease due to similar symptoms and affects 6 in 100,000 people. Daily Mail diarist Nigel Dempster and actor Dudley Moore both suffered from this disease. There is currently no treatment or cure.

For further information, contact Nicola Turnbull on 00971 (0) 50 657 6605.

To make a donation – visit www.justgiving.com/saillingforPSP

Best of Regatta 2011 – Gallery

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gallerypicOur budding photographers snapped over 3000 pictures of the 2011 Regatta. We’ve selected around 60 pictures that we feel best capture the spirit of the event. Many thanks to Matt and Marina for all your efforts! The 60 pictures in our “Best of Regatta 2011″ album will also be printed A4 size and hardbound. If you are at the Marina and have a few minutes to spare ask if you can have a look at the 2011 Regatta Photo Album.

Click here to  view the gallery.