“Al-Shaqi” Champion of Sheikh Zayed Festival 60- foot Sailing Bearings
“Al- Shaqi” opened by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, crowned as the champion of the Sheikh Zayed Festival for 60- foot sailing bearings, the first round of this category, which was launched yesterday by the organization of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club. The race was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region.
“Al- Shaqi” achieved the title under the leadership of Al- Nukhadha Khalaf Butti Musabeh Al- Ghasheesh, and he won 240,000 dirhams as the first place prize.
“Zurich” owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum came in second place, led by Al- Nukhatha Khalifa Muhair Al- Mazrouei, and won 210 thousand dirhams.
In the third place came “Al- Tabr” owned by Rashid Muhammad bin Ghadir, and led by Al- Nukhatha Muhammad Suhail Al Muhairi, and won 200 thousand dirhams.
“Al Dhafra” in the fourth place came owned by His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and led by the captain Marwan Abdullah Muhammad Al Marzouqi, and won 145 thousand dirhams.
“Haddad” came in the fifth place, owned by Ahmed Saeed Salem Al Rumini, and led by the captain Ali Thani Ghanem Al- Rumaithi, and he won 140 thousand dirhams.
And the sixth place went to the loader “Ghazi” owned by Muhammad Rashid Musabeh Al- Rumaini and led by Al- Nokhatha Ahmed Saeed Salem Al- Rumaithi, and he won 130 thousand dirhams.
While the seventh place came to “Hashim” owned by His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, led by Nokhatha Hassan Abdullah Muhammad Al Marzouqi, and received 125 thousand dirhams.
The eighth place won by “Al- Taf”, and owned by Mohammed Rashid Musabih Al- Rumaithi, and led by Noukhaza Youssef Ahmed Mohammed Al- Hammadi, who won 120 thousand dirhams.
The ninth place went to the “Al Qafay” loader, owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Zached Al Maktoum, and led by Noukhatha Obaid Saeed Rashid Al Tayer, and won 115 thousand dirhams.
Came in tenth place “Atlas”, owned by Al- Nukhaza Ahmed Rashid Juma Rashid Al- Suwaidi, and won 110 thousand dirhams.
04 million and 244 thousand dirhams was allocated in prizes for the winners and participants in the race, which started from the West Al Nouf region, and for a distance of 25 nautical miles, a strong competition between the participating bearings, on its way to the finish line in front of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club headquarters on the breakwater in Abu Dhabi.
100 loaders from different emirates of the country participated in the race, with more than 2,000 sailors on board, who painted a wonderful scene on the track in a distinctive heritage epic.
The organization of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club for the Sheikh Zayed Festival race comes within the club’s participation in the festival, presenting the marine heritage to its fans and followers, and supporting heritage promotion efforts.
The winners were crowned by Salem Al- Rumaithi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, Majid Ateeq Al- Muhairi, General Supervisor of the Race, and Khalifa Al- Rumaithi, Member of the Organizing Committee.
For his part, Majid Ateeq Al Mahbari valued the support of the wise leadership for heritage races, which contributes to preserving the Emirati maritime heritage, and transmitting it to generations. He thanked His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, representative of the ruler in the Al Dhafra region, for his generous sponsorship of the race, which is an additional incentive to all participants for presenting their best efforts and performance.
He said: “The club’s participation in the Sheikh Zayed Festival by organizing heritage races comes from the heart of the club’s role in being present in large national heritage forums, and all occasions that the nation is proud of”.
He added: “The scene was wonderful in the Sheikh Zayed Festival race for sailing bearings for the 60- foot category, and it carried a valuable message rich in meanings and connotations that present the UAE maritime heritage in its best form, through the great participation and high spirit shown by the sailors during the race in order to win the first places and the honor of being crowned, and the full commitment of everyone to the competition regulations and the organizing laws, so that the event came out in the most wonderful way, which formed a heritage epic that pleased the participants and followers of the race”.
He thanked the Abu Dhabi Sports Council for its support for all activities and events organized by Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, including the heritage races. He also thanked all the collaborators and partners of the club who participated in organizing the race, and appreciated the club’s organizing committee for their great efforts which professionally led the event to success in all its organizational details.