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Impressive fleet for Muscat Regatta

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A record entry of competitors on the first day of The Muscat Regatta was blessed with sparkling sunshine and plenty of wind, which provided fantastic sailing condition for six classes of dinghies, multihulls and keelboats, racing just outside Bandar Al Rowdha Marina. A steady12 knots of breeze built during the afternoon to give some adrenalin packed action before fading away during the last hour of racing to give a tricky and shifty end to the day.

In the Laser Class, Mohammed Al Wahaibi from Al Bustan, near Muscat had an excellent first day. Mohamed is only 18 but has already experienced top-level international competition. Earlier this year, Mohammed was part of the first ever sailing team to represent the Sultanate of Oman at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Ireland.

“I love sailing but I know I really need to work hard if I am going to succeed, I realize the importance of keeping fit and getting out training on the water as much as possible. My dream for next year is to represent Oman at the Laser World Championship, which will take place in Muscat next year.”

In the Farr 30 Class, Round the World sailor, Dee Caffari skipper of the all girls team, Al Thuraya, had a fantastic day on the water, scoring two wins and a second in today’s three races. Dee Caffari explains just how far the girls team has come in a very short period of time.

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“This will be the first Arabic women’s team in offshore sailing, if it was just teaching the team how to sail that would be relatively easy but making them into a winning team is much harder. Yes there are cultural differences but Omanis have a heritage in sailing and we are using that to our advantage. However, the team has to understand that they are training to become athletes; nutrition, physical preparation, even clothing for life offshore is all new to them.

To do so well today was just wicked! The girls have fantastic enthusiasm and today we managed to channel it. We have five Omani girls on board and just three Europeans. Some of the Omani crew have been sailing for less than a year and none of them have been in a Farr 30 more than a few months. To go out today and win over three hectic windward leewards was just amazing, I am really proud of them.  The Muscat Regatta is so important to them, as they are experiencing a real racing environment, there isn’t that much racing out there so this regatta is vital for their development and preparation for sail Arabia the Tour next February.”

Online Race Tracking!

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For the 2012 Dubai to Muscat Race, and the 2012 Muscat to Khasab race www.xtra-track.com have provided live online race tracking!

The Dubai – Muscat race starts on Saturday 17th November, and will be tracked using tracking devices fitted on each of the yachts.

Boats competing in the Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup – Muscat to Khasab race will be fitted with trackers at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha, ready for the start of the event on the 24th November.

Watch the progress online – Click Here

2012 Muscat Regatta Press Release

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The second Regatta Committee meeting for the 2012 Muscat Regatta and Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Muscat to Khasab Race was held at Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha on the 18th of September 2012, chaired by Mohamed Ali, Vice Chairman of Marina Bandar Al Rowdha.

The Vice Chairman welcomed representatives from The Ministry of Sports Affairs, The Royal Navy of Oman, Oman Sail, PDO Sailing Club, Castaways Sailing Club, Muriya Marine Management and individual competitors for the 2012 Regatta. The floor was then handed over to John Grandy of GWM Racing Ltd, the Regatta Managers. GWM Racing Ltd. introduced the plan to track the sailing boats live via an internet stream for the Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Muscat to Khasab Race. With this, spectators will be able to watch the boats race live on their computer screen from around the world. Other benefits of this system include security as the Royal Oman Police Coastguard will be able to keep a watchful eye on those yachts sailing for the Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup in the Muscat to Khasab Race.

The meeting focused on the number of boats planning to take part in this year’s Regatta and with representatives there from all the sailing clubs in Oman it was estimated that as many as 140 boats could compete in the two days of round the buoys racing on 22 and 23 November and that there could be 12 IRC entries as well as 3 Rally Class entries for the Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Muscat to Khasab race. With over 140 boats ranging from Hobie 16’s, Lasers, RS Q’Ba’s, Weta Trimaran’s and Optimist’s planned for the 2 days of inshore racing, it will be the biggest Muscat Regatta so far.

The dates for Muscat Regatta this year are from the 22st until the 28th November, these days include 2 days of inshore racing at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha on 22st and 23rd, with prize giving in the evening of the 23rd. The Bank of Beirut Chairman’s cup Race will start on the 24th of November and the final prize giving taking place in Khasab on the 28th November

More information on Muscat Regatta 2012 can be found on the official website – www.muscatregatta.com along with registration forms, notice of regatta and notice of race. Sponsorship information is available on +968 97655395

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2012 Muscat Regatta Committee Meeting

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The first Regatta Committee meeting for the 2012 Muscat Regatta and Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Muscat to Khasab Race was held at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha on the 24th April 2012, chaired by Saleem Q. Al-Zawawi, Chairman of Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha

Magnificent Success

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 DAY TWO – 2011 Muscat Regatta

  Sponsored by The Bank of Beirut

The success of the third edition of the Muscat Regatta was put beyond doubt at the official prize giving. His Excellency Doctor Omar bin Abdulmunim Al Zawawi & His Excellency Sheikh Abdulmalik Al Khalili were given a warm welcome from Saleem Q. Al Zawawi, Chairman of the Muscat Regatta to the prize giving attended by over 300  VIPs and honoured guests.

Prior to the start of the last day of inshore racing for the Muscat Regatta, there was tension on the dock at Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha. All four classes were very much in the balance. As the early morning cloud was dissipated by brilliant sunshine, a gentle northeasterly breeze developed. The 51-strong armada of dinghies and keelboats left the marina on schedule.

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RS Q’BA – NAWRAS CUP

Bshar Al-Jabri continued his fine form by winning the first race of the day but the second race did not go so well for the young student. Rival Naseer Salem Al-Rezaki won the penultimate race and sailed consistently well all day to put pressure on the overall leader. However, Bshar Al-Jabri held on to snatch victory by a single point to win the Nawras Cup. Naseer Salem Al-Rezaki was second and Mohammed Al-Muaimi’s consistent performance through out the entire regatta secured third place overall. The RS Q’BA fleet of 24 dinghies was the largest at the regatta and provided exciting racing for young aspiring sailors. Ibtisam Al Salmi is a young Omani girl that typifies the enthusiasm in the class and this was recognised by the race committee making a special award to the young Omani sailor.

LASER – THALES CUP

The overnight leader in the Laser Class continued his fine form on Day Two by taking the first race of the day. Contender, Hamza had a bad start to the day scoring a lowly fifth but the young Omani showed resilience and dedication to stage a remarkable fight back. Hamza won the last two races to win the Thales Cup. Ken Greene was second and Ahmed Bin Humaid Bin Khlfan Al Shamsi cliaed third. A special mention for Ahmed who finished all six races in the top three places.

 

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HOBIE 16 – EUROCOPTER CUP

There was a nail-biting finnish for the eleven catamarans competing for the Eurocopter Cup. Paul Waklin & Asrar Aljami won the first race of the day to retain the overnight lead but a sixth in the penultimate race meant that Musab Alhadi & Ahmed Al Balushi took the overall lead. Going into the final race of the regatta, there was everything to play for. Paul Waklin & Asrar Aljami held their nerve to win the last race of the regatta and in doing so the Eurocopter Cup. Asrar Aljami was also awarded the special prize of the highest points scoring lady in the class sponsored by regatta partner MBDA. Musab Alhadi & Ahmed Al Balushi were second overall with Giles & Jules Brinsley claiming third. The Brinsley’s won as many races as the winners, typifying the close competition in the Hobie 16 Class

 

FARR 30 – BANK OF BEIRUT CUP

The clear winner in the Farr 30 Class was Oman Sail steered by Abdalah Al Farsi, which won all six races at the Muscat Regatta. . Ahmed Al Marmari steering the second Oman Sail yacht claimed second and pushed their team mates hard in every race. The Royal Navy of Oman team claimed third and were awarded the special prize of The Spirit of the Regatta, especially as the team has only been sailing together for less than a week.

CHAIRMAN’S CUP sponsored by BANK OF BEIRUT

Today (Saturday 26th November) marks the start of the Chairman’s Cup offshore race to Khasab. The 230-mile race to the north of Oman is a test of sailing but also stamina and teamwork. The start should see light airs conditions but the wind is forecast to increase significantly with high wind speeds expected to give the competitors an adrenalin pumping ride to Khasab. The race course is an enormous tactical challenge, where crews must decide whether to opt for sea breeze close to shore or increased gradient wind offshore. The fleet will also pass the hauntingly beautiful Musandam Peninsular, which juts into the Strait of Hormuz. Title sponsor, Bank of Beirut have generously donated a prize fund of US$50,000.

CHAIRMAN’S CUP sponsored by BANK OF BEIRUT

Today (Saturday 26th November) marks the start of the Chairman’s Cup offshore race to Khasab. The 230-mile race to the north of Oman is a test of sailing but also stamina and teamwork. The start should see light airs conditions but the wind is forecast to increase significantly with high wind speeds expected to give the competitors an adrenalin pumping ride to Khasab. The race course is an enormous tactical challenge, where crews must decide whether to opt for sea breeze close to shore or increased gradient wind offshore. The fleet will also pass the hauntingly beautiful Musandam Peninsular, which juts into the Strait of Hormuz. Title sponsor, Bank of Beirut have generously donated a prize fund of US$50,000.

Skippers’ Briefing

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A packed Skippers’ briefing was held this morning at Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha. John Grandy, Principle Race Officer for GWM Racing took questions from the enthusiastic audience and briefed competitors about today’s racing.

Currently a light northeasterly breeze should provide a gentle start to the Muscat Regatta with a chance of a sea breeze developing this afternoon.

The competitors are now preparing for the first race of the regatta, which is scheduled to starts shortly after 11:30 and conclude this afternoon.

 

Over one hundred competitors will be participating in The Muscat Regatta, which starts today outside Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha.

Ready For The Start

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Thursday 24th November marks the start of the third edition of the Muscat Regatta sponsored by the Bank of Beirut. The Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha is a hive of activity, as competitors register for the regatta. Two days of inshore racing are scheduled with an exhausting programme of 24 races on tight courses, which will test boat handling and the stamina of all the competitors.

The dedicated staff at Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha is making final preparations to welcome several hundred competitors and visitors to the regatta. Race management team, GWM Racing have been hard at work handling registrations and scrutinising boats and competitors are eager to get out on the water to put in a final day’s practice prior to the regatta.

The Farr 30s were out on the water today swapping manoeuvres in the sublime warm waters outside the marina. The Farr 30 fleet will be competing inshore for the Bank of Beirut Cup and also offshore for the Chairman’s Cup, which is currently held by Royal Navy of Oman.

Rudi Steiness, is part of the shore team making last minute preparations before the main event starts, Rudi is a highly experienced sailor, having worked for teams in the last two Volvo Ocean Races. “It is a tough programme of inshore races followed by a 230-mile offshore race and it is essential that these boats are well prepared. We could see a variety of conditions and make no mistake, this is a very tactical race area, and the teams will constantly need to adjust their plans to stay in the best breeze.” Commented Steiness.

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Magnificent conditions are predicted for the two-day inshore regatta. 27ºC air temperature with clear blues skies and a slight sea state. A northeasterly wind of about ten knots can be expected with the chance of more wind later in the day, if a sea breeze develops.

The skipper’s Briefing will be held at 09:30 tomorrow morning (Thursday 24th November) with three races scheduled for all classes, the first warning signal at 11:20 will sound the start of racing on the water.

GWM Racing Ltd appointed as Race Managers for 2011 Dubai to Muscat Race

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The United Arab Emirates Sailing and Rowing Federation (UAE SARF), organisers of the 2011 Dubai to Muscat Race, have appointed GWM Racing Ltd as the race management team for the 2011 Dubai to Muscat race. The 360 mile Dubai to Muscat Race, recognised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, is now in its 20th year and has established itself as the first classic offshore race in the Middle East.

The race is due to start from Dubai on Monday 21st November with the finish in Marina Bandar Al Rowdha in Muscat and a prize-giving on Friday 25 November. The UAE SARF and the organisers of the subsequent 240 mile Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Muscat to Khasab Race – the Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs, the Oman Ministry of Tourism, and the Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha – have co-ordinated their event calendars so that competitors in the Dubai to Muscat race can take part in the Muscat to Khasab Race starting on Saturday 26th November.

Sheikh Khaled Zayed S Al Nehayan, Chairman of the UAE SARF, welcomed the new    initiative to link the two events – “these are both exciting and challenging races and by co-ordinating the race calendars we are presenting a new challenge to sailors in the region.  We also hope to attract overseas entries to experience the beauty and fun of offshore sailing in these waters”.

Saleem Al Zawawi, Chairman of the Muscat Regatta, said “I look forward to welcoming sailors from Dubai to Muscat and to their participation in the Muscat to Khasab Race.  I am delighted that the Muscat to Khasab Race and the Dubai to Muscat Race are now set for a joint future which will be to the benefit of all regional sailors”.

GWM Racing Ltd have also for the third year running been appointed as the race management team for this year’s Muscat Regatta and Muscat to Khasab Race.  Peter Wykeham-Martin of GWM Racing Ltd commented that he and his business partner, John Grandy, were delighted to be able to participate in the continuing development of racing in the region.  He said “with our experience of running events in Oman and working with previous competitors in the Dubai to Muscat Race, we are delighted to see these two important offshore events and the Muscat Regatta combining to form a new racing opportunity in the regional sailing calendar”.

Contact:

Peter Wykeham-Martin  pwm@gwmracing.com

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Notice of Regatta for Dubai to Muscat Race

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blogimageThe NOR for the Dubai to Muscat Race starting on Monday 21 November in Dubai is now available with the entry form on  the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation website – www.sarf.ae

Royal Navy of Oman Enters Regatta

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The Royal Navy of Oman will be entering their Sigma 38 Al Uqab in the 2011 Muscat to Khasab race. Al Uqab skippered by Abdulla Aziz won the 2009 Muscat to Khasab race and is looking forward to defending the trophy.

The Navy also intends to enter at least two Hobie 16s and three Lasers in the dinghy regatta. Both of these classes were very competitive in 2010, with a strong entry from Oman Sail.