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Gulf Sailing Championship

Sound tactics was ultimately what made the difference at the top as the UAE's Omar SHAHEEN sailed away with honours in the Optimist class at the Third Gulf Sailing Championship, which concluded at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) yesterday.
Shaheen, who had won the only race on Thursday, saw his superior tactics playing a major role as he he held off teammate Jassim Ehab for the first spot in his category.

"It's my better tactics that separated us," said the 14-year-old after accepting the winner's trophy from Saeed HAREB, managing director of DIMC.

"These are things I learnt during the two camps and competitions we had in Italy during the summer," Shaheen added.

Hakim bin Dasmal, finished second, but the DIMC sailor had the satisfaction of claiming his share of the spoils in the junior category.

The DIMC sailors were also in their elements in the Laser 4.7 class with the top five positions going to them. Leading the charge was Adel Khalid, who totaled just four points at the end of the four races held yesterday.

In second was his brother Yousuf and following in third was Ahmed Shaheen with a points tally of 12.

The Qatari team will return home content with the fact that their sailor Hassan Al Baker finished on top in the Laser Radial class. Sandwiched in between Al Baker's teammate Mubarak Al Humaidi, was DIMC's Mohammed Saifan.

Sailors from the Jebel Ali Sailing Club (JASC) too were in fine touch with Adam COCKERILL topping the Laser Standard class. Daniel KILSBY followed up in second place, while Dutch sailors Jerven LEENA and M. Van Der HARST occupied the next two positions. Another racer doing well was the DIMC's Eve BRINSLEY as she dominated the Topper Class with ease ahead of Paul and Ben KILSBY. Race director Sid BENSALAH was pleased the way championship progressed over two days.

"It gives us an indication of what we want to do for the Dubai International Regatta in January next year," he said.

Results are available at the Gulf News Website at the address below.
Alaric Gomes:Gulf News
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