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SPORT & LEISURE - SAILING

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team name McDonald as performance director

Posted on 06/08/2013

Sailing veteran, British Olympian Neal McDonald, is taking to the helm as Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's performance director in the team's second bid for Volvo Ocean Race glory next year, according to a release. Emirati star, 24-year-old Adil Khalid, has re-signed as an Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew member under the leadership of skipper Ian Walker. Six-time Volvo Ocean Race legend McDonald, from Brighton in the UK, has completed more than 200,000 nautical miles in the race over a nearly two decade ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways puts Harlequins players through their paces with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

Posted on 03/08/2013

Etihad Airways yesterday brought together two elite sporting forces at Endeavour Quay in Gosport in the south of England, as five of the Harlequins team including England and Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw swapped tackles for tacking, to throw their considerable weight behind Volvo Ocean Race contenders, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. More familiar with the expansive turf of the Twickenham Stoop than the cramped quarters of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's yacht, Azzam (Arabic for "Determination"), ...  >>MORE

Emirates Team NZ continue mastery at America’s Cup

Posted on 31/07/2013

Team New Zealand completed a sweep of five America's Cup round-robin challenger races against Luna Rossa on Sunday, defeating the Italian boat by three minutes and 21 seconds. The Kiwi crew had already clinched a points victory in the round-robin series against Luna Rossa and the idled Swedish entry Artemis and will now face one of them in the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger final next month. It was only the fourth race involving two boats, all of them won by Team New Zealand over Luna Rossa. ...  >>MORE

Emirates Team NZ outwit Luna Rossa

Posted on 16/07/2013

Emirates Team New Zealand won the first real race of the America's Cup challenger series, easily beating Italy's Luna Rossa in San Francisco Bay Saturday. New Zealand skipper Dean Barker's catamaran came out on top against a familiar foe in the first two-boat race of the Louis Vuitton Cup which serves as the challenger series of the America's Cup event. The Kiwis completed the course in 43 minutes, 52 seconds as they sailed away to win by nearly five and a half minutes on the 15.5 nautical ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi sets sail on 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race campaign with intense UK Sailing Programme

Posted on 19/06/2013

Volvo Ocean Race entrant, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, and its history making Azzam (determination) Volvo 70 race yacht, will return to top level competition in the UK this August with a fortnight of training and competitive sailing, culminating with the defence of its Rolex Fastnet Race title. Having made history as the first Arabian contender in the global, nine month 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, the team - lead by skipper Ian Walker, a British double Olympic medallist - will get its 2014/15 race ...  >>MORE

Volvo Abu Dhabi stopover will be bigger and better

Posted on 03/06/2013

With 18 months to go, the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is going all-out to ensure the Volvo Ocean Race stopover is bigger, better and even more top notch. The Capital, which became the first Arab destination to welcome the 40-year old race in 2012, will again be the stopover between December 15, 2014 to January 3, 2015. Abu Dhabi will play a much bigger role as compared to last year. Before the Abu Dhabi stopover, more than 70 decision makers and stakeholders from ...  >>MORE

President's boat, Al Barq, wins 30-feet traditional dhow sailing race

Posted on 21/04/2013

Al Gharbia: Under the Patronage of H.H Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative for the Western Region, the fifth Al Gharbia Watersports Festival continues in Mirfa, Al Gharbia, the Western Region of Abu Dhabi Emirate. Initiated by Western Region Development Council (WRDC) and organised by the Al Gharbia Sports Club and Abu Dhabi Sailing '&' Yacht Club, the festival is a strategically important event for the Western Region Development Council (WRDC) as it aims to grow Al ...  >>MORE

First Dubai Marine and Heritage Festival sets sail

Posted on 14/04/2013

Learn how to dive, make traditional Emirati crafts, and experience traditional Emirati life at the inaugural Dubai Marine and Heritage Festival in Umm Suqeim 2 this week. The week-long event, being held under the patronage of Shaikh Majid bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Chairman of Dubai International Marine Club, opened on Saturday to host traditional dhow sailing, rowing races, heritage events and activities. "We would like to highlight ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi skipper targeting only Volvo Ocean Race success

Posted on 21/02/2013

Abu Dhabi will return to the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15 with returning skipper Ian Walker determined to make it a triumphant one. The two-time Olympic silver medallist is hoping to make it third time lucky when he takes to the waters in December 2014 for the 13th edition of world's toughest round-the-world race. "First and foremost, for me personally, it's an opportunity to win the race which I've spent the last six years of my life working towards,” Walker told Sport360°. "I've done the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi 43ft Dhow Sailing Race kicks off today

Posted on 22/12/2012

110 sailing dhow sailing boats and more than 1500 sailors will compete today at the Abu Dhabi 43ft Dhow Sailing Race which start in Al-Dhabi'ya Island and finish at the Abu Dhabi Sailing '&' Yacht Club at the Corniche, organizers of the event. This is the 3rd and last round of the 2012-2013 season of the 43ft class which started on 22 September in Abu Dhabi with the Al-Aryam race, followed by Zarkoh race on 10 November. The 43ft traditional dhows are rigged with a single mast and are crewed ...  >>MORE

Irish Prime Minister receives Emirates Heritage Club sailing team

Posted on 09/07/2012

Galway - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny received the Emirates Heritage Club's sailing team who is participating in the activities of "The Maritime Heritage Cultural Exchange" between the club and the Irish city of Galway during the last stage of the Volvo Ocean Race. Also present was UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland Khalid Nasser Rashid Lootah. During the meeting, Kenny emphasised the importance of Emirates Heritage Club's participation in this celebration hailing the efforts of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing completes Volvo Ocean Race Global Odyssey

Posted on 04/07/2012

Galway - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the Abu Dhabi-backed Volvo Ocean Race outfit, sailed into yachting history books last night as it became the first Arabian entry to complete the gruelling, nine-month round the world odyssey, after placing sixth in the final short sprint from Lorient, France to Galway, Ireland - the event's 10th and last stopover. Having battled across some of the world's most treacherous seas in the punishing 39,000 mile global circumnavigation, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - ...  >>MORE

Etihad Cargo carries Dhows to Volvo Ocean Race Galway finale

Posted on 03/07/2012

Etihad Cargo, a division of Etihad Airways, continues to fulfil its promise to 'bring Abu Dhabi to the world' with one of its most exciting projects to date - carrying two traditional Arabian dhow sailing craft to Ireland for the Volvo Ocean Race finale. The vessels, each measuring 22 feet in length and weighing a total of 1 tonne, were carefully loaded onboard the Etihad Cargo A330-200 freighter aircraft for the special charter flight from Abu Dhabi to Shannon in County Clare yesterday, 1 ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi suffer damage as PUMA lead Volvo Ocean Race fleet

Posted on 03/07/2012

PUMA were first to round the iconic Fastnet Rock, marking the final 150nm stretch to the finish at Galway, Ireland, where the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 was expected to be decided in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The final offshore leg has seen some of the closest racing yet, with the top four teams on the overall leaderboard Groupama, PUMA, CAMPER and Telefónica each switching the role of leader since the race started from Lorient, France, on Sunday. Just six minutes separated the top ...  >>MORE

Azzam mull over south strategy in Volvo Ocean Race

Posted on 14/06/2012

Ian Walker's fifth-placed Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are considering a change in strategy as they pick their way carefully through light winds in Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Only 8nm off the lead of the now compressed fleet, Walker said he was pleased to be still in the mix as the teams approach the turning mark in the Azores, but confessed to being irked by losing fourth to CAMPER. "Whilst it is nice to have all the boats in sight, I can't say I have enjoyed watching CAMPER sail up and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi wins Volvo Ocean Race's Leg 7

Posted on 02/06/2012

Lisbon - Abu Dhabi shrugged off seven months of frustration to seal their first offshore victory in a nerve-jarring transatlantic leg from Miami to Lisbon, while Groupama's second place finish -- five and a half minutes behind after more than 3,500 nautical miles racing -- was enough to take them top of the leaderboard in place of long-term leaders Telefonica. Abu Dhabi, who finished at 21:23:54 UTC, received 30 points for victory, with Groupama netting 25 after their finish at 21:29:21. ...  >>MORE

Will it be lucky No7 for Abu Dhabi in Volvo Ocean Race?

Posted on 31/05/2012

Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race looked set to come to a thrilling climax in the final 36 hours of the transatlantic passage to Lisbon as the fleet began to compress in a high pressure ridge off Portugal on Wednesday. Just 9 nautical miles separated leaders Abu Dhabi from sixth-placed Team Sanya as Groupama continued their climb up the rankings, slipping past PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG to take second. Groupama were 14 nm off the lead but just 0.3 nm ahead of third placed PUMA. Overall ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi ocean racing powers to Volvo ocean race leg 7 lead

Posted on 28/05/2012

Atlantic Ocean - A resurgent Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - the Abu Dhabi-backed entry in the nine-month Volvo Ocean Race - has powered to the 3,590 nautical mile trans-Atlantic Leg 7 lead, after a number of deft tactical decisions saw the team outmanoeuvre the five-strong chasing pack. Having set off in style from Miami, USA last weekend, the fleet sailed straight into the Gulf Stream and a tropical depression, before being forced to head north to dodge a high pressure system blocking the direct ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi surges ahead as rivals struggle

Posted on 27/05/2012

Abu Dhabi were the surprise leaders on leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday with 20 nautical miles between themselves and the chasing pack as light winds slowed the fleet in the North Atlantic.With 1,850 nautical miles to the finish in Lisbon, the Emirati team skippered by two-time British Olympic runner-up Ian Walker were firmly on course for their first appearance on the podium in an off-shore leg.American-led Puma were pushing hardest in second place followed by the Spanish/New ...  >>MORE

Chance to win Miami trip for Volvo fans

Posted on 09/05/2012

Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA), which manages the Volvo Ocean Race contesting outfit, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, is giving its fans the chance to win an ultimate VIP trip to Miami, US, for the round-the-world sailing event's seventh stopover from May 18-20. The winner and a partner will board the team's Azzam yacht for the Pro-Am Race, according to a release. The competition which runs until May 12, includes two return Business Class flights on Etihad Airways, three-nights ...  >>MORE

Daunting task for UAE’s Khalid in Volvo Race

Posted on 28/03/2012

UAE’s Adil Khalid the first Gulf national to take part in the global sailing odyssey, the Volvo Ocean Race — said rounding South America’s Cape Horn, widely regarded as the sport’s pinnacle achievement, would be like “climbing Mount Everest”, according to a release. Expected to reach the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile on Sunday as part of Leg 5 of the 39,000 nautical mile round-the-world race, Khalid an Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew ...  >>MORE

Sailor's 'stomach's going around' ahead of Volvo Leg 5

Posted on 18/03/2012

Auckland, New Zealand - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Adil Khalid - the first Emirati to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race - said today's legendary 6,700 nautical mile Southern Ocean crossing from New Zealand around Cape Horn would be "a life-defining moment". The three-week Leg 5 sees the teams pushed to the limit, facing mountainous seas and howling winds while racing from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajai, Brazil. Despite the daunting task ahead, the 23-year-old Khalid said crossing the Southern ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing fired up ahead of icy southern ocean crossing

Posted on 14/03/2012

Ian Walker, skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - the United Arab Emirates capital's Volvo Ocean Race contesting outfit - is confident his 11-strong crew can push for podium honours in Leg 5 of the race to Itaji, Brazil next weekend, as the team looks to get its campaign back on track after a tough first half to the Everest of Sailing'. Featuring the classic Southern Ocean high speed sleigh-ride sailing for which the Volvo Ocean Race is renowned, Leg 5 - which starts from Auckland, New Zealand ...  >>MORE

Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi's Azzam not giving up on Leg 4 yet

Posted on 07/03/2012

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper Ian Walker insists there is plenty still to play for despite Azzam lying in fifth on Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, 233 nautical miles behind leaders Groupama. France's Groupama extended their lead after rounding New Caledonia on Tuesday, although light winds are expected to see the gap narrow on the final run to Auckland. Just over 1,000 miles remain before Saturday's expected finish and despite dropping from third to fifth in a matter of days, Walker is calling ...  >>MORE

Volvo Ocean Race has left its mark on Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/01/2012

As the UAE leg of the Volvo Ocean Race came to an end yesterday, team Abu Dhabi's crew felt a legacy had been left to the city in its inaugural host year. "We've put Abu Dhabi on the world map," said Butti Al Meheiri, the head of the shore crew. "This will make it a real destination for tourists, to see how beautiful sailing is here, especially in the winter."He said the event had spurred much interest from Emiratis eager to try the sport. "A lot of locals have come to ask how to get ...  >>MORE

Azzam ready to make a splash in home waters

Posted on 12/01/2012

With just a day left before the in-port race and then the start of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the five boats that arrived here last Wednesday got a feel of local conditions in a short practice race yesterday afternoon. Groupama, who finished the Leg 2 Stage 2 sprint into Abu Dhabi ahead of Telefonica, finished first in yesterday's non-scoring 3.6 nautical mile race. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing finished second, ahead of Puma Ocean Racing, Camper and overall leaders Telefonica. Meanwhile, ...  >>MORE

Volvo Ocean Race fleet reaches Destination Village

Posted on 05/01/2012

With strong Arabian Gulf winds billowing at its sterns, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet blazed into Abu Dhabi yesterday - earning the emirate a place in sailing history books as the round-the-world event's first Middle East host port. The fleet's emotional arrival, which was watched by thousands of cheering onlookers, fans, crews' families and on-shore teams at the race Destination Village on the Corniche breakwater, began at around 4:40pm when Spain's Telefonica crossed the official finish mark ...  >>MORE

100-year-old Irish boat makes Abu Dhabi debut

Posted on 04/01/2012

The warm winter winds filled the black sails of a Galway Hooker in the Arabian Gulf for the first time yesterday. The Nora Bheag, which was brought over from Ireland for the Volvo Ocean Race, was taken out on her maiden voyage by Coilin Hernon, her owner and skipper. But getting here was not plain sailing for the 8-metre boat, which is more accustomed to the wild, cold seas of the North Atlantic than the warm, placid waters off the coast of the capital. To avoid any damage to the oak and ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team name McDonald as performance director


Etihad Airways puts Harlequins players through their paces with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing


Emirates Team NZ continue mastery at America’s Cup


Emirates Team NZ outwit Luna Rossa


Abu Dhabi sets sail on 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race campaign with intense UK Sailing Programme


Volvo Abu Dhabi stopover will be bigger and better


President's boat, Al Barq, wins 30-feet traditional dhow sailing race


First Dubai Marine and Heritage Festival sets sail


Abu Dhabi skipper targeting only Volvo Ocean Race success


Abu Dhabi 43ft Dhow Sailing Race kicks off today


Irish Prime Minister receives Emirates Heritage Club sailing team


Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing completes Volvo Ocean Race Global Odyssey


Etihad Cargo carries Dhows to Volvo Ocean Race Galway finale


Abu Dhabi suffer damage as PUMA lead Volvo Ocean Race fleet


Azzam mull over south strategy in Volvo Ocean Race


Abu Dhabi wins Volvo Ocean Race's Leg 7


Will it be lucky No7 for Abu Dhabi in Volvo Ocean Race?


Abu Dhabi ocean racing powers to Volvo ocean race leg 7 lead


Abu Dhabi surges ahead as rivals struggle


Chance to win Miami trip for Volvo fans


Daunting task for UAE’s Khalid in Volvo Race


Sailor's 'stomach's going around' ahead of Volvo Leg 5


Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing fired up ahead of icy southern ocean crossing


Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi's Azzam not giving up on Leg 4 yet


Volvo Ocean Race has left its mark on Abu Dhabi


Azzam ready to make a splash in home waters


Volvo Ocean Race fleet reaches Destination Village


100-year-old Irish boat makes Abu Dhabi debut