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2013 Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Dates

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buoyThe Muscat to Khasab Bank of Beirut Chairmans’s Cup dates are now finalised.
The race will start on November 10th 2013, and is expected to conclude on 14th Novmber 2013 in Khasab.
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Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup – Prizes Update

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Last year’s winner of the Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup was Calum McKie – skipper of ‘Boracic’ who picked up $20,000 for winning the 2011 race.

The prize was presented by Julianna Fren Marketing Manager of Bank of Beirut

The Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup – A Dramatic Finale

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The RORC recognised 230-mile Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Race came to a dramatic conclusion on Tuesday, 27th November. A 40-knot rainsquall ripped through The Strait of Hormuz, just as the bulk of the IRC Racing fleet approached the finish line. Under pewter skies with thunder and lightening lighting up the steep mountain province of Musandam, it was an electrifying finish to the race. After three nights at sea, all of the yachts competing in the Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Race are all accounted for and the feisty finale was in stark contrast to the majority of the race, where calm seas and gentle breeze had provided sublime sailing conditions for the best part of three days.

First to finish was the Royal Navy of Oman’s Farr 30, skippered by Qais Saif Al Marmari, which had chosen to sail well offshore for the majority of the race. The team made a big gain, especially on the second night, to open up a sizeable lead. However, the Royal Navy of Oman team had failed to keep inside a virtual mark of the course and shortly after the finish gracefully retired from the race. It was a noble gesture and the team was roundly applauded for their honesty.

In sharp contrast to the Royal Navy of Oman’s offshore route, Sonke Stein’s A35, Dust Devil stayed inshore in the Gulf of Oman and the tactic truly paid off, as Dust Devil took line honours and recorded the best corrected time under IRC to win The Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup. Sonke was understanderbly delighted to pick up the lion’s share of the cash prize; $22,000 generously donated by the Bank of Beirut for the first prize and line honours.

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“Obviously we are delighted to pick up such a fantastic prize but we entered the race first and foremost to enjoy some great sailing with a good team of friends. We have decided to donate 10% of the prize money to charity. 5% will go to the PSPA, which is dedicated to the support of suffers of     Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and 5% to an Omani charity, which will be decided upon after consultation with the regatta organisers and The Bank of Beirut. I would also like to thank everybody involved with the organisation of the race, it really makes a difference when the event is so well managed.”

Second overall after time correction was Oman Sail’s Farr 30, Renaissance.  Skippered by round the world sailor, Ahmed Saif Al Marmar, the team also contained four members of last year’s team for the Tour de France à la voile and current MOD 70 Crew. All of the crew are prodigies of the Oman Sail programme and their excellent result shows the strength of sailing amongst Omani nationals.

There was heartache for the Two handed team from the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club of Matt Britton and Joel Bryant racing J/92, Privateer. The team had been in contention throughout but was caught out by the brutal windstorm within sight of the finish. Short-handed, they struggled to reduce sail and were forced to bare away and run with the wind, after sailing away from the finish, Privateer lost precious minutes and the delay cost second place by just 20 minutes, in a race lasting over three days. However their smart action in difficult conditions was recognised by the award of the Seamanship Prize for the race.

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A record number of 13 Yachts competed in The Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Racer. Race management team, GWM Racing used the RORC IRC system to award a share of the $50,000 prize fund, generously donated by The Bank of Beirut. All of the yachts that correctly sailed the course were given a $1000 share of the prize fund, which was very well received at the Prize giving.

Closing the third edition of the Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup, Chairman of the Muscat Regatta, Saleem Q. Al-Zawawi confirmed the dates for next year’s event:

  • The UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation’s Dubai to Muscat Race will start Saturday 9 November 2013.
  • The Muscat Regatta, inshore racing at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha, will start be held 14-15 November 2013.
  • The Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Race from Muscat to Khasab will start 16 November 2013.

All of these events are open to sailors from overseas for charter opportunities and more information: www.muscatregatta.com

The Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup – Going Round the Bend

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The RORC recognised 230-mile yacht race, started from Bandar Al Rowdha Marina, Muscat on Saturday 24th November and finishes in the remote northern province of Musandam, located in the spectacular fjords in the Strait of Hormuz. A record number of 13 Yachts are competing this year using the RORC IRC system, vying for a share of the $50,000 prize fund, generously donated by The Bank of Beirut.

The decisive part of the race looks set to be the approach and negotiation of The Strait of Hormuz. In the 19th century, it was the location of a British repeater station used to send messages from London to Karachi. It was not an easy posting for the operators and is thought to be the origin of the term “go round the bend” with a reference to the heat making British officers desperate to return to civilization, which meant a voyage around the bend in the Strait of Hormuz. Two Rally Class yachts chose to motor to Khasab; Sarah Baerschmidt’s Omnia and Gordon Joyce’s Talitha. However, the IRC racing yachts in The Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup still have to ‘go round the bend’ and it looks like it might not be a straightforward task.

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After their second night at sea, the IRC Racing division is past halfway. The fleet enjoyed fast conditions in the early part of the race. Doug Hassell, skipper of First 44.7, Diablo was leading the race going into the first night and called in by Thuraya XT Satellite phone. “Diablo got a great start with spinnaker up in nine knots of breeze until the first night came in and the wind dropped to just zephyrs, we worked hard to keep the boat going, looking for pressure on the water by moonlight.”

During the second day, a light easterly breeze suited the Farr 30s, overtaking Diablo, an intense battle is building between the lighter displacement Farr 30s. However, after time correction Matt Britton’s J/92, Privateer racing Two-Handed, is very much in contention. David Worrall’s First 36.7, Shahrazad is also going well. The tactical decision, facing the teams this morning, is whether to sail the extra miles to shore in search of sea breeze or to remain offshore and use the south easterly gradient, which is expected to build to ten knots during the day, especially as the funnel effect of The Strait of Hormuz starts to kick in. Sonke Stein’s Dust Devil made a play for the inshore option early in the race and it will be interesting to see if the tactic pays off.

A close battle for the $50,000 prize fund is expected to conclude today or early tomorrow. The wind is expected to pick up later today. However, weather models predict rain coming in from the northwest by midnight tonight, which could bring much heavier wind in the squalls. At daybreak tomorrow 12 – 15 Knots is expected from the northwest, which will be on the nose as the fleet come through The Strait of Hormuz, it is likely that the yachts will experience a rough last night at sea, a final twist to this fascinating race is a definite possibility.

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The GWM Racing Team have arrived in the remote province of Musandam, the 300 miles road-drive to Khasab included some spectacular scenery through the rugged mountains of the northern most province of Oman with its lagoons, mountains & fjords, Musandam is a spectacular setting for the finish of The Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup.

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

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Pictures from the Start of The Muscat to Khasab Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup race. 24th November 2012.

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This is the third edition of the 230-mile race. 13 Yachts are competing under the RORC IRC system, vying for a share of the $50,000 prize fund, generously donated by The Bank of Beirut.

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

Glittering Prize Giving

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The Gala Prize Giving for the Dubai to Muscat Race and the inshore regatta was hosted by The Chairman of the Muscat Regatta, Saleem Q. Al-Zawawi at Bandar Al Rowdha Marina. His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Omar Al Marhoon, the Minister of the Civil Service for Oman was the Guest of Honour, joined by His Excellency Ahmed bin Nasser bin Hamed Al Mahrizi Ministry of Tourism and His Highness Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Bin Saqr Al Nahyan, Chairman of the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation.

The Chairman of the Muscat Regatta, Saleem Q. Al-Zawawi has been the driving force behind the regatta’s success. In just four years, The Muscat Regatta has blossomed into an international event recognised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. In his welcoming address, the Chairman encapsulated the aims and goals of The Muscat Regatta

“The predominant feature of this year’s regatta has again been the wonderful sportsmanship shown by all competitors. The future of yacht racing is in the hands of these youngsters and from what we have seen over the past two days, we have every reason to be optimistic about competitive sailing in Oman. What is more, sailing teaches our young children values in life such as: determination and above all a love for nature.”
From its beginning, the Muscat Regatta has enjoyed the support of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Sports Affairs in Oman and many sponsors have contributed to the success. Notably Oman’s leading communications company Nawras and Oman Air but not forgetting; BAE Systems, Muriya Tourism, Aston Martin Oman, The Muscat Intercontinental Hotel, Eurocopter and MBDA France.

Prior to prizes being awarded for the inshore regatta, class winners of The Dubai to Muscat Race took the stage to receive their trophies. HH Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Bin Saqr Al Nahyan, Chairman of the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation had come to Muscat from the Emirate to congratulate the winners.
The prize giving was a joyous occasion with a steady stream of proud young Omanis and sailors from overseas, proudly collecting their awards with a partisan audience of 300 cheering every sailor, some as young as eight years of age. Probably the biggest cheer of the night was for the All-girl Farr 30 crew, Al Thuraya. Five of the eight-girl team are young Omani women and over six intense races, Al Thuraya was triumphant in the IRC division. Nawras CEO, Ross Cormack was on hand to welcome the team, an iPhone 5 was an additional prize but as the team was of eight, Nawras generously decided to give each one of the girls the latest smartphone.
With the inshore regatta completed, the organisers of The Muscat Regatta have turned their attention to the main Regatta event; The Muscat to Khasab Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup race. This is the third edition of the 230-mile race. 13 Yachts competing under the RORC IRC system will be vying for a share of the $50,000 prize fund, generously donated by The Bank of Beirut.

The Royal Navy of Oman won the first race back in 2009 and return to compete along with last year’s winner, Calum McKie’s Boracic. This year sees the largest and most competitive fleet ever. David Worrall’s Shahrazad is the inform yacht having won the Dubai to Muscat Race last week. Dee Caffari’s all women team, with five Omani crew, make their debut offshore race.
GWM Racing will once again manage The Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Race to Khasab. Starting at noon on Saturday 24th November, the yachts are expected to reach Khasab over the next few days with a grand prize giving in the remote northern province of Oman scheduled for Wednesday, 28th November.

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

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.”

Final Report : 21st Dubai to Muscat Race

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Recognised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the 2012 Dubai to Muscat Yacht Race is 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 three and a half days of racing the prestigious Dubai to Muscat Race came to a conclusion with all yachts accounted for on the morning of Thursday, 22nd November. Racing under the RORC’S IRC Rule, the overall winner of the race was announced as Doug Worrall’s First 36.7, Shahrazad, which also claimed line honours.

“We stayed out of trouble and kept going, it was as simple as that.” Suggested Doug Worral “We stayed offshore at the start in the Arabian Gulf, to keep away from fishing nets and we got the added bonus of more wind than the yachts that chose the inshore option. Later in the race, after we rounded Khasab, we could see a terrific storm ahead and we prepared to reef and eased sheets to avoid it, this good seamanship was rewarded as we managed to skirt around the edge of the storm and in control, we had excellent boat speed.

I have always maintained that the last 12 hours of an offshore race is crucial; you are tired and that is when the mistakes can creep in but we kept focused and finished off the job. I am now looking forward to race to Khasab.”

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Vice Commodore of the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, Calum McKie racing his Grand Soleil 37, Boracic was second and commented shortly after mooring up in Bandar Al Rowdha Marina:  “This was a very competitive race and we experienced a huge range of conditions, probably the most bizarre was a series of water spouts, which caused very confused winds. I wouldn’t say there was one particular tactical decision that went against us but after we passed Fujairah, we went inshore and got the wrong side of a big shift. At that stage we were looking like leading the race but fell behind Shahrazad and we never made up the lost ground. All credit to Doug’s team they sailed extremely well and deserve their victory. Veterans back at DOSC have told me that this is a hard enough race just to finish and Boracic has a 100% record, so I am happy with that.”

Matt Britton’s J/92 Privateer was the smallest yacht in the class and claimed third overall, short-handed it would have been tough going on the 30-foot yacht.

Barrie Harmsworth’s custom 43, Bin Toak had four Emerati crew on board. Abdul Aziz Alobaidli, Ahmed Qubasi and Ahmed al Marzooqi and Adil Khalid. All four are experienced laser sailors and Adil was part of the Volvo Ocean Race crew on board Azzam, the first Arabic entry in the prestigious round the world race.

“We lost out by going inshore on approach to The Straits of Hormuz.” Admitted Barry. “We ran out of wind and managed to get tangled in a fishing net, which was not exactly what we intended but that’s just how it goes sometimes. However, I will never forget the first night, passing through the Strait of Hormuz. Adil (Khalid) was on the tiller and he has really become a top class sailor after competing in the Volvo. On a tight reach, the boat was doing 12 knots over the ground with the crew on the rail grinning from ear to ear. I have done this race a few times and just sailing through the strait is a magical moment but to be going at that speed at night with exceptional sailors on board was just magic.”

With all of the yachts in the Dubai Muscat Race finished, attention in Muscat has turned to two days of inshore racing. Hundreds of sailors from Oman and overseas are taking part in the reatta. However, next Saturday, 24th November marks the return to offshore action with start of 230-mile Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Race to Khasab with a prize fund of $50,000, generously donated by the title sponsor.

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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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