AL DHAFRA, -- Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan today crowned the winners of the Dalma Dhow Race in the 60-foot category, upon the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with the follow up of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Al Dhafra Region.
The AED25 million race was organised by the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club as the largest in the history of sailing, with participants sailing some 80 nautical miles (125 kilometres) from Dalma Island to Al Marfa City.
Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan thanked the leadership for its continuous support for the nation's heritage. He stressed that the leadership has instilled an overall passion for the heritage of the country, believing that pride in the past is the way to build a strong nation that can face any challenge.
The Storm boat of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, was crowned the winner after the success of its captain, Omar Abdullah Mohammed Al Marzouqi, who led the crew to overall victory, reaching the end of the final station in nearly nine hours.
The first-place winner received a prize of AED1.5 million, as well as a Nissan Patrol car.
Ahmed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club and Chairman of the Supreme Organising Committee of the race, stressed that the Dalma Race is the most challenging, largest and longest sailing race in the UAE, highlighting that participating in this race is an honour for any competitor.
"It is certain that everyone knows the value of the island of Dalma and its heritage to every Emirati, which is why the largest sailing race in the history of the nation was named after it," Al Rumaithi added.
The island of Dalma was chosen as the starting point of this race due to its historical value to heritage lovers of the UAE, and as a trade community for the people of the Gulf since ancient times. It is also renowned for its pearl trade, as well as a famous island both regionally and internationally.
Source: Emirates News Agency