Sail The Gulf 2001 drew to a close on Friday with the final races in each of the Laser and 470 classes.
With stronger winds than on most other days of the competition, Paul Goodison sailed home about half a kilometre ahead of the rest of the Laser fleet to keep up his unbroken record of firsts and reconfirm his position as winner in the class, a full 42 points ahead of second placed Peter Whipp, also from Britain. Khalil Omar of Egypt finished in third place, just four points behind with Matti Sepp of Estonia fifth, and Wilhelm Gerlinger of Germany 5th.
The 470s sailed their last race at midday, the Austrian pair of Christian Ringer and Arthur Thuringen coming in first, and clinching their place as overall winners in the class. The Russian pair of Marina Foufaeva and Marina Baranova, in second place overnight, were relegated to the back of the fleet in the final race by a capsize, but retained their overall position at the end of their nine races with Philip Lempertz and Stephan Hettich of Germany 3rd, and sisters Inga and Kristin Runge, also of Germany in 4th place.
Prior to the final event of this year's regatta - the Closing Dinner, the commodore invited the participants back for the 2002 events.
Next year, in addition to hosting the 11th International Sailing Regatta, 'Sail The Gulf 2002', Qatar is to host the 470 World Championships.