Dubai International Marine Club will this week welcome some of the world's top international youth competitors to the Emirate for the Dubai International Sailing Week Regatta, presided over by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
Held for its fifth consecutive year, the event will see 114 competitors between the ages of 11-17 years old battle it out in the Optimist, Laser Standard and 4.7 categories off the coast of Mina Seyahi. Registration and practice for the event will commence from 23 with races being held on the 26-30 of January.
Managing Director for Dubai International Marine Club and the UAE Water Sports Federation, Mr. Saeed HAREB welcomed to the shores of the Emirate not only a line up of what is the only such event of its kind in the world for the young competitors -but also the opportunity the race series will afford the local UAE team. "It's always a pleasure to hold top championships events in our country and welcome the competitors. Not only have we benefited from the world wide promotion through these events, but the races act as an opportunity for our home team to compete against the very best competitors from Europe and the rest of the world."
said Hareb. "As always, we aim to host a good event and there is also the incentive that through participation we will build the experience of our UAE team, acting as a chance to provide vital feed back in the Optimist, Laser Standard and 4.7 categories."
The event also includes a one week training workshop this week for the UAE Team conducted by Italian coach Marcello TURCHI -considered the most experienced optimist coach having taken his team to 5 world championship titles- and Belgian born coach for the Optimist Dutch team Yannick BOWMAN who has lead his team to several championship wins including the European championship. "Instead of taking the team on a campaign abroad, we have brought the best coaches and teams here for them to Dubai.
Also attending the event will be sailing legend and 3 time winner of the Americas Cup, Russell COUTTS. The attendance of the world-renowned yachtsman will certainly afford these aspiring future world competitors a treat.
With the European Championship and the GCC Championship scooped by the UAE Team and their 6 strong band of 'youthful warriors', the future of sailing promises to be exciting for the UAE. "If you look at the young kids that are competing today, there is definitely the very strong likelihood that in another 3 years we will see all the optimist competitors shifting to the lasers and results look very promising. Through events such as this, we are preparing our team, not only for GCC competition, but also for future results in the Arab and Olympic games."