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SPORT & LEISURE - WATER SPORTS

Al Dawas and Al Marri emerge champions

Posted on 20/12/2003

In the run up to the ClassPro 2003 Aquabike World Championship and Middle East Continental Championship, held at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), the race for the Middle East Continental Championship produced some thrilling action. This years Middle East Championship saw an entry of 20 participants from the UAE the largest contingent, followed by 5 from Qatar, 4 from Kuwait and one each from Oman, Bahrain and Syria. Ahmed Al Dawas of Kuwait maintained a steady lead in the ...  >>MORE

UAE jet-skiers steal the show

Posted on 19/10/2003

The second round of the UAE jet-ski championship at the breakwater area on Friday saw the UAE's top jet-skiers take on some of the best raiders from Qatar, Kuwait, Syria, Bahrain, Italy and US. The UAE riders dominated the featured race, the Runabout Super Stock from 786 to 1200cc, with Saif bin Futtaiss completing his second win in the series. Bin Futtaiss won the category in Dubai and his second success saw him lead the championship with 50 points. The Abu Dhabi International Marine ...  >>MORE

Teen-star Shaheen makes his tactics pay off in Optimist class

Posted on 18/10/2003

Sound tactics was ultimately what made the difference at the top as the UAE's Omar Shaheen sailed away with honours in the Optimist class at the Third Gulf Sailing Championship, which concluded at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) yesterday. Shaheen, who had won the only race on Thursday, saw his superior tactics playing a major role as he held off teammate Jassim Ehab for the first spot in his category. Hakim bin Dasmal, finished second, but the DIMC sailor had the satisfaction of ...  >>MORE

Four UAE sailors get Italian invitation

Posted on 02/09/2003

Four young UAE sailors have made such an impression on Italian authorities that they have now been invited for a sailing regatta on Lake Castiglion Del Perugia later this month. The four, who have been invited by the Italian Optimist Class Association (IOCA), are Omar Shaheen, Saud Mohammed, Jassim Ehab and Adil Khalid. The regatta will be held at Lake Castiglion Del Perugia on September 27-28 and will be preceded by a four-day clinic conducted by top instructors there. The UAE sailors, ...  >>MORE

UAE youth target Italian delight

Posted on 16/08/2003

A bunch of six junior sailors from the UAE will depart from the Dubai International Airport for Italy early today. The 10-day training clinics-cum-competition in Italy is part of an ongoing process of preparing the youngsters for a new jam-packed season ahead. "This is the right time to have a programme like this for the sailors. This exposure will enable the juniors to gain some valuable on-field experience," noted Sid Bensalah, DIMC's Sailing Department Manager, prior to their departure. ...  >>MORE

UAE jet ski riders to tussle with top stars in Portugal competition

Posted on 22/07/2003

Four of the UAE's leading Jet Ski riders, including Nader bin Hindi, Omar bin Thani, Rashid Al Tayer and Mohammed Naser Saeed Al Mansouri will brush their shoulders against a host of top riders from around the world in the second round of the World Series to be held in Mirandela, Portugal from July 25-27. All eyes will be on bin Hindi, who leads the Runabout Class of the 2003 Aquabike Class Pro World Championship, run parallel by UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique), among the UAE riders. ...  >>MORE

UAE sailors dominate at friendly contest in Perth

Posted on 20/07/2003

UAE sailors hogged the limelight at the end of the first day of a sailing competition being held at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth, Australia, yesterday. The UAE's Yousuf Khalid ended the day in top position after taking the first and second spots in the two rounds of racing yesterday. The five-member UAE squad is in Perth for a series of summer training clinics there. Following Yousuf Khalid was Ahmed Shaheen, who was unfortunate in the opening race after he missed the start. But ...  >>MORE

UAE sailors shine in Bareh Sailing Regatta

Posted on 21/06/2003

Omar Shaheen and Adel Khalid dominated their respective categories and brought glory for the UAE team at the Al Bareh Regatta, which concluded yesterday. Shaheen won all three races held on Thursday to pocket the Optimist title with 8 points. With the overall title already in hand, the UAE youngster stuck to a team decision and allow Saud Mohammed win the final race yesterday, thus enabling his team mate to finish in the runner-up position with 22 points. In the Optimist junior category, ...  >>MORE

Omeir steals the limelight

Posted on 10/05/2003

The seventh heat in the UAE jet-ski championship, held at the Dubai International Marine Club, brought the curtains down to this exciting race series. With an international line-up of over 60 competitors for the four-category race series, the series of battles that took place for the final spoils proved a fast and furious affair. In the Ski Super Stock 800cc category, the UAE's rising star, 21-year-old Omeir bin Thani stole the top honours in the championship series with 136 points ahead of ...  >>MORE

Bin Hindi, bin Futtais reign supreme

Posted on 19/04/2003

The Local jet-ski pilots, Nadir bin Hindi and Saif bin Khalifa bin Futtais, won the UAE jet-ski championship for the super stock roundabouts up to 785cc and from 785cc to 1200cc respectively even before the final round, to be held in Dubai. Bin Hindi and bin Futtais won their respective categories in style yesterday at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, organised by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), at the breakwater area, after a tough and a competitive season. Bin ...  >>MORE

Al Qumzi, Dawas take top honours

Posted on 23/03/2003

Abu Dhabi's Mubarak Saif Al Qumzi pipped Ali Abdullah bin Shaiban and Saif Khalifa bin Futais in a thrilling race of the Runabout Super Stock 786cc to 1200cc during the fifth round of the 2003 UAE jet-ski championship held along the Dubai Creek, on Friday. Al Qumzi looked in total control right from the start and kept the pace till the end to ward off the challenge from Shaiban and veteran rider Futais, who had fine performances in the earlier four rounds. The win saw Al Qumzi move from ...  >>MORE

UAE's Adel lands sailing title in Qatar

Posted on 02/03/2003

Adel Khalid of the UAE finished first overall, after fighting off tough competition in the Laser 4.7 category at the Sail the Gulf Regatta, which concluded in Doha, Qatar on Friday. The UAE lad, who entered the event as an underdog together with brother Yousef Khalid, showed that he is one of the most promising sailors in the region by bagging two first places out of the four races held on way to the No. 1 slot. Meanwhile, Yousef the younger sibling of Adel and the second member of the UAE ...  >>MORE

Saif Khalifa captures honours in third round

Posted on 01/03/2003

Saif Khalifa bin Futais won Thursday's Runabout Super Stock 786 to 12,00 cc in the third round of the 2003 UAE Jet Ski championship to maintain his lead in the series. With this win Futais increased his tally to 66 points, 10 more than his closet challenger Omair Abdullah bin Thani, who finished third behind Mohammed Mubarak Al Qamzy. Thursday's races were attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Saif Al Nahyan, Vice President of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). The championship ...  >>MORE

Saif Khalifa claims top honours

Posted on 01/02/2003

Saif Khalifa bin Futais won yesterday's Round Two of the Runabout Superstock Experts (786CC to 1200CC) to emerge the leader of the Emirates jet-ski round series in Abu Dhabi. Futais increased his tally to 35 points from two legs and the third leg will be held in Dubai this month. Omair bin Abdullah bin Thani, who finished second yesterday, now has an overall tally of 34 points and is placed second. Rashed Suhail Al Tayer finished third in yesterday's event at the Breakwater area. Nader bin ...  >>MORE

UAE sailors sweep medals in Qatar event

Posted on 03/11/2002

The UAE national sailing team cleared their first credibility test in an international event this season by making a clean sweep in the Optimist and Laser 4.7 category races at the Gulf Sailing Trophy held in Doha, Qatar, over the weekend. The professional approach and commitment of the young and ambitious team helped them dominate the entire Optimist and Laser 4.7 races in which they won all top positions. Omar Shaheen, the most promising of them all was the outright winner in the Optimist ...  >>MORE

UAE sailors return rich in experience

Posted on 05/08/2002

The UAE Optimist Sailing Team returned from Tavira, Portugal, yesterday getting richer in experience after rubbing shoulders with the best talent in sports. Senior member Omar Shaheen slipped to 117th position from 100 despite an all-out effort in the final race. However, the rest of the team members, including Ahmed Shaheen, Mohammed Saud Ahmed Aziz, Ahmed Jassim and Hakim Desmal, are a happy lot after gaining technical knowledge and exposure in the European event. Sid Ahmed Bensalah, ...  >>MORE

Promising show by UAE sailor Yousif bin Lahej

Posted on 27/05/2002

Promising UAE sailor Yousef bin Lahej ended his participation in the 2002 international Spa-Reggatta at Medemblik, Holland, with another positive performance in extremely difficult conditions. With winds blowing up to 40 knots Yousef battled the conditions, and a strong field of 67 sailors, to secure a praise-worthy mid-place finish in the Laser class. It was his 14th start in five-days of demanding racing and the 22-year-old Dubai helmsman finished 32nd. Commenting on Yousef's performance, ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Grand Prix powerboat race starts

Posted on 04/04/2002

The President's Cup 2002 Emirates Formula 2 International Championship Sharjah Grand Prix fourth round began on 4 April in Sharjah. Seventeen drivers from Norway, Finland, South Africa, Qatar, Sweden, Britain, Malaysia and the UAE are participating. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Team reign supreme in four events

Posted on 15/03/2002

The drivers of the Abu Dhabi Team dominated in four categories of the fifth round of the UAE Jet Ski Championship. They won all four first places yesterday at the capital's Breakwater area in the races organised by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club. The UAE's "Aqua Man," Thani Attig Al Qamzy, won the first race for the Abu Dhabi Team in the Experts 785 cc category, followed by Kuwait's driver Yousuf Yaagoub Al Rubaiaan and UAE's most experienced driver, Nadir bin Hindi, who ...  >>MORE

Diving association launches website

Posted on 27/02/2002

In a bid to unite the UAE's marine diving community, the Emirates Diving Association yesterday launched the first interactive website of its kind offering information about the area's diving sites, marine environment news and activities. The 12-page website, located at http://www.emiratesdiving.com, covers national diving regulations, environmental cooperation between Emirates Diving Association and regional and ...  >>MORE

Victory 7 wins powerboat race

Posted on 31/01/2002

Class II defending champions Saeed Al Tayer and Mohammed Al Marri in Victory 7, won first place in the UAE International Championship offshore powerboat race heat held on 25 January. This put Victory 7 in first place in the overall Class II Championship with 800 points, ahead of Victory 1 and Sea Racer. Heats 3 and 4 are scheduled for April 2002. ...  >>MORE

Rowing boat, Al Sarook wins traditional 40-foot boat race

Posted on 27/12/2001

'Al Sarook,' a 40-foot rowing boat owned by the President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was one of the winners of the Dh3.7 million ($1million) 40-ft Class Rowing Boat races held on 20 December as part of the 30th National Day Regatta. Each of the 65 traditional rowing boats in the race had 20 members and a total of 1,300 sailors took part in the championship. ...  >>MORE

Spirit of Norway triumphs in World Offshore Championships

Posted on 01/11/2001

The UAE's Victory Team came second and third in the Fujairah Grand Prix securing their claim to the 2001 UIM World Offshore Championship title in heat 8. In first place came Steve Curtis and Bjorn Gjelsten in Spirit of Norway. The final race takes place next week in the World Championship. ...  >>MORE

Law to regulate use of jet ski soon

Posted on 30/07/2001

A new federal law is being prepared to regulate the use of jet skis in an effort to make the shores safer for beach-goers. The Arabic daily Al Ittihad quoted Abu Dhabi Marine Police head Lt. Col. Nassir Al Za'abi as saying that the new law is being prepared by the Interior Ministry. "The new law will regulate the renting of jet skis and lay down penalties for violating safety rules," Al Za'abi said. According to the report, jet skis will be confiscated by the Marine Police for violating the new ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi set to host jet ski meet

Posted on 07/01/2001

The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club will host the second round of the UAE Jet Ski Championship on January 11 with local drivers competing against their GCC and European counterparts. The championship will kick off with the Pole run and the races will include the 1,200cc, modified 1,200cc and professional 785cc. The technical committee of the race, headed by Butti Ghamran Al Qubeisi, confirmed that January 8, will be the final date for registration of the interested local ...  >>MORE

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