The 12th Qatar International Sailing Regatta, Sail The Gulf 2003, opened at the Doha Sailing Association (DSA) today with Colgate, 470, Laser Standard, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7 and Optimist Fleets.
Sailors from the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Pakistan, India, the Seychelles, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, the UK and the Netherlands travelled to Doha to join their Qatari counterparts and sailors of other nationalities residing in Qatar for the three day event. Sail The Gulf is an annual event, organised by the Qatar Marine Spots Federation (QMSF) and hosted by the DSA. The Colgate fleet is representing a private sailing club in Qatar, based on Doha Corniche.
Welcoming the competitors the QMSF President, Sheikh Nawaf Bin Nasser Al Thani, expressed his thanks to the President of the Qatar National Olympic Committee sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al thani, the Secretary General, Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and their staff for the committees support as well as the DSA Organising Committee for their efforts to ensure the success of the event. A welcome reception was held at the DSA Clubhouse on Tuesday evening.
DSA Commodore, Sami Abu Shaikha said, "although this year the competition has been reduced to just three days, with two races scheduled each day for each fleet, I am confident that the prevailing wind conditions will produce some exciting sailing."
He also took the opportunity to invite sailors to the Enterprise World Championship, scheduled to be hosted by Qatar from November 28th to December 5th this year.
After several days of intermittent rain and thunderstorms in the country, sailors went out on the waters of Doha Bay to blue skies and sunshine yesterday, with the winds ranging from eight to fifteen knots.
Results will be posted here as soon as they are available.