Fares Al Mazrouei crowns the winners and praises the exceptional participation in the race.
The Port, May 13, WAM/ The loader “Zurich” of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, led by Noukha Khalifa Muhair Saeed Al Mazrouei, won the title of the sixth edition of the historic “Dalma Race” for long distances for the 60-foot sailing bearings, which was held Today, it is under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, representative of the ruler in the Al Dhafra region.
The winners were crowned by His Excellency Major General Staff Pilot Fares Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman of the Festivals and Cultural Programs Management Committee, His Excellency Nasser Muhammad Al Mansouri, Undersecretary of the Court of the Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, His Excellency Aref Al Awani, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and His Excellency Salem Rashid Al Rumaithi, Director General of the Club. Abu Dhabi Marine Sports.
The success partners were also honored by the sponsors and supporters of the sixth edition, who contributed to the success of the various competitions and traditional and modern events at the festival on Delma Island in Al Dhafra Region, leading to the conclusion of the historic Delma Race for the 60-foot sailing bearings, in which the participating bearings were docked on the beach of Al-Mughirah city.
The “sixth edition” of the race organized by the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club and the Festivals and Cultural Programs Management Committee in Abu Dhabi, with the follow-up of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, is the largest and longest in the history of marine heritage races at the state and region levels in terms of the number of participating bearings and sailors and the race distance with participation More than 3,000 sailors and captains aboard 125 loads, while the total distance of the race reached more than 68 nautical miles, equivalent to 125 kilometers.
The “Zurich” loader was crowned with the “Sixth Edition” title in 2023, after he outperformed his rival, “Hashim” loader, in the final meters.
Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, led by Nokhatha Hassan Abdullah Mohammed Al Marzouqi, who ranked second.
Thirdly, the loader of “Al-Shaqi” by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, led by Al-Nokhatha Khalaf Butti Musabah Hamad Al-Marri, won “Nimran” by His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, led by Al-Nokhatha Ali Abdullah Muhammad Al-Marzouqi, who was crowned with the title of “Fourth Edition in 2021” fourth place in the current edition.
In the rest of the centers, the loader “Al-Taf” by His Excellency Mohammed Rashid Musabeh Al-Rumaithi, led by Nokhatha Youssef Ahmed Mohammed Al-Hamad Al-Hammadi, came in fifth place, and the owner himself won the sixth place award, which was won by the loader “Ghazi” led by Nokhatha Ahmed Saeed Salem Al-Rumaithi.
The prizes for the race, which totaled 30 million dirhams, were distributed as the highest value of prizes in the history of marine heritage races, to 120 competitors.
The champion got 1.3 million dirhams, while the runner-up got one million dirhams, and the third got 800 thousand dirhams, compared to 700 thousand dirhams for the fourth, and 650 thousand dirhams for the fifth, and 3 prize cars were allocated to the winners of the first three places in the historic race.
The prizes included 120 competitors, and the owners of centers from the 31st to the 40th got 170 thousand dirhams for each boat, compared to 120 thousand dirhams for the owners of the centers from 41 to 50, compared to 100 thousand dirhams for each boat from the owners of the centers from 51 to the 80th, up to 80 thousand One dirham for each boat from 81 to 120 positions.
The sixth edition of the historic 60-foot Dalma Dalma Race was supported by the racing partners represented by the Abu Dhabi Festivals and Cultural and Heritage Programs Management Committee, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Abu Dhabi Ports Group, Al Dhafra Municipality, Al Masaood Motors Company, and the Protection Agency. vital facilities and coasts.
The starting point of the race came at seven in the morning from Dalma Island, and the “starting signal” was given by Salem Rashid Al Rumaithi, General Manager of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, to start the race, which was enveloped in excitement from the start, in light of the attempts of Nakha Al-Mamel to take distinct positions at the front of the race.
The fierce competition between the sailing bearings lasted for about 7 hours, and witnessed many fluctuations in terms of the exchange of centers during the stations that the bearings passed through, all the way to the final station on the Corniche beach of the city of Al-Mughirah in the city of Al-Marfa, which was decorated with a distinguished audience to greet the winners.
The race track, which started from Dalma Island, contributed to highlighting the distinctive features of a group of islands that represented and are still important stations for sailors and sailors. Mughirah city beach.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, valued the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, representative of the ruler in the Al Dhafra region, for the race for the sixth season in a row, stemming from his constant interest in heritage sports, stressing that this sponsorship It is an incentive to achieve more achievements.
He said: “Preserving the cultural heritage, and developing marine races to become a destination and an outlet for the people of the sea, is a process of decades of continuous interest, the first building block of which was laid by the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, to remain as a message to all generations and a source from which they draw. Today’s rising generation secrets the profession of grandparents and fathers.
He pointed out that the association of the name of the largest race in the history of marine heritage races at the level of the country and the region with the name “Dalma” enhances the historical value of the island, which is dear to everyone, especially “lovers of marine heritage”, stressing the importance of continuous work to invest the successive successes of the race, which reached the conclusion of the edition. sixth.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan congratulated the champions of the sixth Dalma race for sailing bearings in the 60-foot category, and said: “We followed the great competition between the participating bearings and the skills of the boatmen in the largest version in the history of the race, and everyone was a winner by being present in the largest forum in terms of bearing races.” sailboat”.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan praised the role of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, the Abu Dhabi Festivals and Cultural Programs Management Committee, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and the partners in making the event a success.
For his part, Major General Staff Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman of the Festivals and Cultural Programs Management Committee, said that the historic Dalma Race Festival in its sixth session was exceptional in terms of the expansion of participation, which reflects the great concern of the wise leadership for the sustainability of the Emirati heritage. Encouraging its preservation and promotion, consolidating its values and passing it on to generations, and promoting the agenda of Abu Dhabi’s cultural and heritage events, which coincide with the Year of Sustainability initiatives.
His Excellency added that the festival, in its sixth session, recorded a new success added to the record of heritage festivals in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, thanks to the unlimited support of our wise leadership, and the participation of national institutions, “success partners” from the sponsors and supporters of the festival, which had the greatest impact in achieving the goals of the festival.
For his part, Salem Rashid Al Rumaithi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, thanked the wise leadership for its constant and continuous support for the marine heritage, and appreciated the sponsorship of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s representative in the Al Dhafra region, for the historic Dalma Festival, congratulating the winners of the sixth edition, which was marked In which the competition of strength between the participating bearings all the way to the finish line.
He said, “In marine and heritage sports, we enjoy the interest of the wise leadership and its keenness to support the maritime heritage and its pioneers, enhance the interaction of generations with its historical path, and raise the importance of sailing races.”
He added: “We are pleased with the distinguished conclusion of the festival’s activities through the historic Dalma Race for 60-foot sailing bearings, which sought to achieve its precious goals in consolidating its position as a tourist and sports destination, within the framework of its role in directing more attention to the local maritime heritage and reviving it, and preserving the national identity.” We appreciate the role of the people of Dalma Island in hosting the festival and the historic race.”