A resounding win after leading the fleet of fifty dhows delighted the crew on Wafi helmed by Khalaf Buti Al Ghashaish in the 2nd round of the seasons Dubai Traditional 22ft Sailing Dhow Championship held on Saturday. Deenar took second place with Arif Bin Zafeen and his crew followed by Al Wasf and the team skippered by Mohammed Hamad Al Ghashaih. It was a perfect day to be on the water, with cooler temperatures and a good breeze creating a great introduction for the many new sailors joining the sport this season.
The race, organized by Dubai International Marine Club, took just over an hour on a difficult course, which sent some sailors out to sea and some close to shore looking to catch the best breezes. Consequently the turn to the finish became the scene of tough and skilled maneuvers to avoid collision with boats descending on the mark from the diverse angles.
‘We are really happy with our win,’ said Khalaf Buti Al Ghashaish. ‘Last season our best place was sixth so this is a great improvement. Today’s race was tough though and I needed all my experience to manage the shifty wind conditions.’
Arif Bin Zafeen is more often behind the steering wheel of Fazza’s Class 1 Powerboat than helming a dhow. ‘I’m not used to coming second,’ said the World Champion of the powerboat world. ‘But I enjoyed the race today.’
Round three will be held on 3rd December 2010.
Provisional Results. Position, number, name, skipper, owner
1st. 10, Wafi, Khalaf Buti Al Ghashaish
2nd. 5, Deenar, Arif Bin Zafeen, Mohammed Abdulrahman Ahmed Al Hamadi
3rd. 19, Al Wasf, Mohammed Hamad Al Ghashaih