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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.

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 – along with registration forms, notice of regatta and notice of race. Sponsorship information is available on +968 97655395


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Muscat Regatta Preview

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Starts: Thursday 24th November 2011
Location: Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha, Muscat, Oman.

The largest sailing regatta in the Arabian Peninsular is now in its third year and firmly established as one of Oman’s major sporting events. The Muscat Regatta provides a wonderful opportunity for close to one hundred aspiring sailors from all over Oman to compete against international opposition at a spectacular occasion.

Hosted by the Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha, in association with the Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs and Ministry of Tourism. The 2011 Muscat Regatta includes inshore racing for yachts and dinghies on the 24th – 25th  November followed by the 230-mile offshore Chairman’s Cup Race from Muscat to Khasab, starting on the 26th  November with title sponsorship, once again generously provided by the Bank of Beirut. Substantial cash prizes will be awarded again this year and GWM Racing Ltd has again been appointed as regatta and race management consultants.

The Muscat Regatta is very much geared towards promoting young Omanis, mostly in their teenage years, who aspire to join the elite sailors from the Sultanate that compete at Grand Prix sailing events throughout the world. A significant number of international sailors also compete, giving the regatta a very competitive edge. The fleet of approximately 50 boats is separated into several different classes.

Hobie Cats
Powerful two-crew catamarans capable of tremendous speed and acceleration. Competitors’ agility and balance are crucial to success. With brightly coloured sails and great pace, Hobie Cats provide one of the most exciting and fastest disciplines in the sport.

Laser Class
The most popular single-handed dinghy in the world with more than 250,000 boats worldwide. Well-built and simple to sail, this class provides very competitive racing with races decided by just a few seconds. The Laser has been an Olympic class dinghy since 1996 and besides athletic ability, sailors require tactical skills and a spirited nature to succeed.

The award-winning dinghy is one of the world’s fastest growing sailboat brands for championship level racing. Simple to sail, strong and light, it is ideal for young or inexperienced sailors competing at the Muscat Regatta wishing to develop their skills.

Farr 30
Raced with a crew of five or six, the Farr 30 has been an ISAF World Championship Class since 1997, arguably the most exciting keelboat sailing class in history. With a huge sail plan and surfing hull shape, the Farr 30 is a yacht that loves to accelerate and is suitable for inshore racing around marks and coastal races. The Farr 30 fleet will be competing at the Muscat Regatta and also The Chairman’s Cup offshore race to Khasab.

The largest yachts racing at the regatta will be a variety of sailing yachts racing under the IRC Handicap rule, which is used throughout the world to race yachts of different sizes and performance. The 230-mile Chairman’s Cup race is a test of seamanship and stamina. The race is non-stop, both day and night. Sleep will be a luxury for the international teams which comes from all over the world including; Australia, Germany, Great Britain, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Captain Abdul Aziz bin Vahya bin Hamoud leads the Oman Royal Navy Team and will be hoping to repeat their success in 2009. The team will hope to lift the coveted Chairman’s Cup for a second time and a share of the US $50,000 prize fund generously donated by the Bank of Beirut.