Racing at the Sail the Gulf 2013 regatta gets underway in Doha, Qatar at the Doha Sailing Club and boats over 200 sailors competing across eight classes.
Sailors from Algeria, Bahrain, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Myanmar, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Qatar, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, United Arabs Emirates & United Kingdom are participating.
Included in the entries is Qatar's first ISAF Youth Worlds partcipant Faris Al Bakri. Sailing in the 58-boat fleet in Dublin Bay, Ireland last July Al Bakri finished 51st. With him competing in the 23-boat Laser Radial in Qatar he will want to put all that he picked up from the 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds into practice throughout the week.
The Classes of boats and number of participants are:
Optimist - 50
Laser 4.7 - 22
Laser Radial - 23
Laser Standard - 15
Hobie 16 - 4
420 - 5
470 - 10
29er - 10
Sailors representing Qatar are:
Optimist - Ghanim Al Sewaidi, Mohamed Al Sewaidi, Abdurahman Al Nasir, Ali Al Muftah, Rashed Telfat, Jassim Al Mohannadi & Israa Al Sulaiti.
Laser 4.7 - Saleh Telfat, Abdullaziz Al Obaidly & Mariyam Al Sulaiti
Laser Radial - Faris Al Bakri & Waleed Al Sharshani
Hobie - 16 - Hassan Al Baker & Crew and Rashid Khalifa Al Mohannadi & Mohammed Al Jeda
420 - Abdelrahman Al Jinah & Yousef Al Baker
470 - Mohamed Khalifa Al Mohannadi & Jassem Al Sulaiti and Alaa Shoudhdi & Samir Imene