ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL MARINE SPORTS CLUB

Soucend Edition Of King Fish Mackerel Succeeded

The Abu Dhabi King Fish Compitition Grand Prix Of AbuDhabi, which was held for the second year in a row, attracted a large number of participants from inside and outside the country. 
More than 120 participants were registered. The Organizing Committee was keen to make arrangements and facilities that contribute to the success of the second edition of the tournament, which became part of the agenda of the club
General Manager of AbuDhabi International Marine Sports Club, Salim Al Rumaithi, said that the championship is a great deal of interest from His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to His Highness the President of the Club and follow-up by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Of the important folklore in the history of the UAE, by virtue of strong association between the community and the sea, 
The Result Was In First Place Badr Jasim Ahmed Abdullah Al Marzouqi 21.35 kg 
Secound Place Hamad Mohammed Said Naim Al-Khaili 20.900 kg
Third Place Salem Jumaa Salim Jumaa Al Rumaithi 19.600 kg
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ADIMSC PARTICPATE IN ARAB CLEAN UP CAMPAING

AbuDhabi Saturday 11 Nov : Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club organized in cooperation with the Emirates Diving Association in partnership with the Recycling Company in the Arab Clean Up Campaign to protect the sustainable marine environment  to clean the Yacht Marina Beach in Abu Dhabi.
"This is the first time we have been involved with the Ministry of Climate Change," said Salem Al Rumaithi, The Divers Association and the recycling of the main element of the success of the campaign.
It was an important lesson to prevent the dumping of waste and the preservation of the sea and the coast of its negative effects on marine life, The waste was extracted very much and we had to make people aware of the danger of throwing waste into the sea.

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SECOND XIAMEN XCAT RACE IS CANCELLED ON SAFETY GROUNDS WITH STRONG WINDS AND LARGE WAVES

XIAMEN (CHINA): Sunday, October 29:  Choppy conditions and strong winds forced officials to cancel the second race at the Xiamen Grand Prix in China on Sunday. Winds in excess of 15 knots and choppy conditions meant the course was deemed unsafe and teams now head to Dubai at the end of November to decide the outcome of the 2017 UIM XCAT World Championship.

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori had lined up in the race in seventh position after their disappointing finish to race one on Saturday and the Emirati duo face a fight back from third position in the championship standings at Mina Seyahi in five weeks’ time.

 Team Australia’s Brett Luhrmann and his Norwegian co-pilot Pål Virik-Nilsen lead the championship by 11 points from Victory Team’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali heading back to the Middle East.

 Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi.

 Race 2 – cancelled

 Positions from race one were used to determine the starting order for the last of the six Chinese XCAT races. Al Wasl, therefore, would lead the Blue Roo and Swecat Racing through the first gate, but Team Abu Dhabi had to play catch up from seventh place.

 The wind had strengthened for race two to around 15 knots. It was going to be a rough race on the Pacific Ocean course that XCAT officials shortened on safety grounds to a start lap and 12 laps with no long laps to negotiate and include in the strategy.

 The race boats assembled and began to follow the pace cat, which stayed out on the course for an extra lap on safety grounds before the decision was taken to suspend the race and the red flag was raised. Racing was cancelled soon afterwards.

 The Blue Roo won the final Chinese practice session of the season on Sunday morning with a lap of 2min 15.810sec on their fifth lap of the course. Victory Team and Caccia Engineering ran them close, but Team Abu Dhabi and Swecat Racing did not start the session.

 2017 UIM XCAT World Championship – standings after race 6 of 8:

1. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8                                                         148pts  

2. Victory 3                                                                                                         137pts  

3. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                                                 116pts                  

4. 222 Offshore/Weihai–China/Miphere Xiamen                                                104pts                  

5. Swecat Racing 2                                                                                               85pts    

6. Al Wasl 7                                                                                                         81pts

7. Fujairah Team 20                                                                                               71pts                    

8. Caccia Engineering 22                                                                 63pts    

9. New Star 9                                                                                                     52pts 

10. Raheeb 17                                                                                                    34pts   

11. Lady Spain 46                                                                                           22pts  

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI SUFFERS TITLE SETBACK IN XIAMEN AS AL WASL SEES OFF BLUE ROO IN RACE THRILLER

Team Abu Dhabi qualifies sixth in shortened session; pole position for Caccia Engineering

         

XIAMEN (CHINA): Saturday, October 28:  Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori suffered a setback to their chance of claiming the UIM XCAT World Championship title with a seventh-placed finish in race one of the Xiamen Grand Prix on China’s stunning Pacific Coast on Saturday.

 Team Australia’s Blue Roo Aussie Brett Luhrmann and his Norwegian co-pilot Pål Virik-Nilsen had dominated last weekend’s two races in Weihai and the series leaders became embroiled in a thrilling tussle with a resurgent Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi in Al Wasl. Both teams opted to take their second long lap very late in the race and Al Wasl snatched the advantage heading into a final lap where they had to take their last long lap. The Dubai-based crew and defending XCAT champions managed to stay ahead of their rivals to claim the win by just over 10 seconds.

 Caccia Engineering’s Alfredo Amato and Daniele Martignoni started the race from pole, were ordered to run a penalty lap for a turn buoy infringement and still managed to round off the podium places, but it came to light after the race that the Italians had not run the penalty lap and they were demoted to sixth after a 60-second penalty was imposed by race officials. Their demise lifted Swecat Racing’s Mikael Bengtsson and Erik Stark into third place.

 Victory Team’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali ran a penalty lap and remain in second position in the points’ standings, 11 behind the Blue Roo in the unofficial rankings, despite finishing fifth overall. Team Abu Dhabi retains third place in the championship with three races remaining.

 Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi.

 Race 1

 Caccia Engineering led the Blue Roo and Victory Team through the first gate at the start of a crucial race for Team Abu Dhabi, which started from sixth position at gate two following the cancellation of Q2 and Q3 qualifying on Saturday afternoon. Victory Team managed to pass the pole sitter on the opening straight and into the first turn to take the lead. The Blue Roo held second from Caccia Engineering, Swecat Racing, Al Wasl and Team Abu Dhabi, although Swecat Racing moved into third as Al Wasl and Team Abu Dhabi took one long laps apiece in the race.

 The race-leading Victory Team was under investigation for not staying in lane at the start, but maintained a slender lead from the Blue Roo and Swecat Racing. News filtered through from race control that Victory Team had indeed incurred a one-lap penalty, as Team Abu Dhabi ran a second long lap and began a climb back through the field.

 The Blue Roo snatched the lead when Victory took the first of three long laps and Miphere Xiamen moved up to third as rivals took long laps. Caccia Engineering was also under investigation for striking a turn buoy and was issued a one-lap penalty. The Blue Roo maintained the lead into lap eight, but still had to run two long laps in the closing stages of the race. Al Wasl managed to pass Swecat Racing and snatch third place, as Victory Team and the Blue Roo both used lap eight for a long tour of the course. It meant that Al Wasl inherited second position and Swecat Racing held third behind the Blue Roo before slipping behind the Victory Team.

 Team Abu Dhabi held eighth place on lap 10 and stood to benefit as other teams took their second long laps. Al Wasl kept the pressure on the Blue Roo into lap 11, but both boats needed to take one extra lap with just three seconds between them and three laps remaining. They both opted to use the last three laps for their second long lap, as Victory slipped to fifth behind Caccia Engineering and Swecat Racing.

 Al Wasl gained the lead when the Blue Roo took a very late long run, but the outcome came down to the 15th lap when Al Wasl was forced to take a long lap. Team Abu Dhabi gained one position to finish in seventh place but, in a nail-biting finish, Al Wasl took a 24-second lead over the Blue Roo into the long lap and managed to stay ahead of Team Australia to confirm the victory by the margin of just over 10 seconds.

 Practice and qualifying

 Weihai-China was rebranded as Miphere Xiamen for the two races and Joakim Kumlin replaced Darren Nicholson alongside Giovanni Carpitella. Alfredo Amato stepped in alongside Daniele Martignoni to replace Diego Testa in Caccia Engineering.

 The three championship leading boats, the Blue Roo, Victory Team and Team Abu Dhabi, dominated the first practice session with Luhrmann and Nilsen topping the times with 2min 30.652sec on their fourth lap. Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori ran for three laps with a best of 2min 32.927sec.

 Caccia Engineering (who ran a fastest first lap of 2min 50.805sec) and the Blue Roo were the stars of the choppy Q1 qualifying session on Friday afternoon, but Al Wasl, New Star and Lady Spain failed to make the second qualifying stint along with a non-starting Raheeb. Team Abu Dhabi ran a 2min 54.489sec lap early in the session, finished sixth and just managed to reach Q2.

 But race officials took the decision to abort Q2 and Q3 on safety grounds with the wind and waves strengthening. It meant that Caccia Engineering claimed pole position from the Blue Roo, with Team Abu Dhabi down in sixth place at the starting gate for race one.

 Al Wasl bounced back from a disappointing Q3 session on Friday to set the fastest time in Saturday morning’s second practice session with a lap of 2min 18.620sec. Team Abu Dhabi ran for three laps in sixth place in misty conditions. Times were over half a minute faster than in the chopping conditions they experienced in Q1 on Friday.

 Race two fires into life at 15.30hrs (11.30hrs UAE time) on Sunday.

 

2017 Xiamen Grand Prix – race 1 result:

1. Al Wasl 7 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Nadir bin Hendi (UAE)                                                    37min 28.74sec

2. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8 – Brett Luhrmann (AUS)/Pål-Virik Nilsen (NOR)                 @10.36sec

3. Swecat Racing 2 - Mikael Bengtsson (SWE)/Erik Stark (SWE)                                                        @24.73sec        

4. Victory 3 – Salem Al-Adidi (UAE)/Eisa Al-Ali (UAE)                                                                              @31.23sec                        

5. Miphere Xiamen 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Joakim Kumlin (SWE)                                    @1min 14.53sec

6. Caccia Engineering 22 – Alfredo Amato (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      @1min 19.94sec (1min penalty)

7. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                    @1min                28.35sec

8. Fujairah Team 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Alessandro Barone (ITA)                                 @1min 32.21sec

9. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)                                                     @1min 40.71sec

10. Lady Spain 46 – Roberto Lo Piano (ITA)/Andrea Comello (ITA)                                    @2min 38.05sec

11. Raheeb 17 – Abdullatif Al-Omani (KWT)/Mustafa Al-Dashti (KWT)                                   DSQ

 

2017 UIM XCAT World Championship – standings after race 5 of 8 (unofficial):

1. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8                                                         148pts  

2. Victory 3                                                                                                         137pts  

3. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                                                 116pts                  

4. 222 Offshore/Weihai–China/Miphere Xiamen                                                104pts                  

5. Swecat Racing 2                                                                                               85pts    

6. Al Wasl 7                                                                                                         81pts

7. Fujairah Team 20                                                                                               71pts                    

8. Caccia Engineering 22                                                                 63pts    

9. New Star 9                                                                                                     52pts 

10. Raheeb 17                                                                                                    30pts  

11. Lady Spain 46                                                                                           22pts  

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI HEADS TO XIAMEN FOCUSED ON REGAINING UIM XCAT SERIES LEAD

ADIMSC-based racers trail Team Australia and Dubai’s Victory Team in tense tussle

         

XIAMEN (CHINA): Tuesday, October 24:  There is no respite for teams taking part in this year’s UIM XCAT World Championship. The third race meeting in the space of as many weekends fires into life in the Chinese port of Xiamen in Fujian Province this weekend (October 27-29). Eleven teams will tackle the fifth and sixth races in the eight-event calendar.

 Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori suffered a minor setback in Weihai last Sunday, despite finishing the second race in fifth position. They were looking for a better result on the Yellow Sea to enable them to extend their slender advantage in the championship standings but collecting a lap penalty early in the race for a collision with a turn buoy. But Team Australia’s Blue Roo delivered back-to-back winning performances and that maximum haul of 70 points from two races has lifted Aussie Brett Luhrmann and his Norwegian co-pilot Pål Virik-Nilsen into a three-point series lead.

 “We are halfway through the XCAT races in the new racing championship and have two in Xiamen this weekend and then the title-deciding two races in Dubai in December,” said Al-Tayer. “We are third in the championship behind the Blue Roo and Victory Team, but it’s so very close and exciting. Our team knows that the next two races will determine the strategy for Dubai. It’s a crunch weekend for everyone.”

 Second position for the Victory Team’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali has lifted them above Team Abu Dhabi, although the leading three boats have pulled well clear of their rivals and the XCAT series is developing into a three-horse race.

 222 Offshore, crewed by Giovanni Carpitella  and Darren Nicholson, was branded with the name of the host city last weekend in Weihai, but the Italian-Australian duo are already 18 points behind Team Abu Dhabi and the best of a chasing pack that also includes the Fujairah Team’s Italian pairing of Serafino Barlesi and Alessandro Barone and the Swedish duo of Mikael Bengtsson and Erik Stark.

 Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi.

 Xiamen – the ‘Garden of the Sea’ - is an international seaport city on China’s south-east coast and is situated within close proximity to the Taiwan strait. It encompasses two islands and a large area on the mainland and is renowned for its attractive seascapes, tourism, surrounding mountains and parks.

 In a revised schedule, official practice will be permitted in Xiamen on Friday afternoon, in readiness for pole position qualifying on Saturday morning. Race one of the Xiamen Grand Prix gets underway at 15.30hrs on Saturday afternoon (October 28) and race two fires into life at a similar time on Sunday (October 29).

 2017 UIM XCAT World Championship – standings after race 4 of 8:

1. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8                                                         118pts

2. Victory 3                                                                                                         115pts  

3. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                                                 104pts                  

4. 222 Offshore 10/Weihai–China 10                                                               86pts                    

5. Fujairah Team 20                                                                                               61pts                    

6. Swecat Racing 2                                                                                               59pts                    

7. Caccia Engineering 22                                                                 48pts

8. Al Wasl 7                                                                                                         46pts

9. New Star 9                                                                                                     43pts

10. Raheeb 17                                                                                                    30pts

11. Lady Spain 46                                                                                           16pts

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TEAM ABU DHABI CLAIMS THIRD PLACE AND UIM XCAT SERIES LEAD AS THE BLUE ROO WINS IN WEIHAI

Team Abu Dhabi pipped to pole in delayed session by Blue Roo and Victory Team

         

WEIHAI (CHINA): Saturday, October 21:  Team Abu Dhabi stormed to the top of the UIM XCAT World Championship standings after finishing third overall in the third race, held off the coast of Nanhai New District Bay in Weihai, on Saturday.

 Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori qualified the boat running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) in third position behind Brett Luhrmann and Pål-Virik Nilsen in the Blue Roo and the Victory Team’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali.

 Even though Team Abu Dhabi played its long lap strategy cannily over the early laps on the murky Yellow Sea course, Blue Roo led the race from start-to-finish, the crew opting to take two long laps midway through the race, to reach the chequered flag 60.34 seconds ahead of the Italian-Australian pairing of Giovanni Carpitella and Darren Nicholson in Weihai-China 10.

 The Victory Team never recovered from a penalty lap at the start and were, therefore, forced to run three long laps instead of two. The Dubai crew finished seventh and slipped to third in the championship, three points behind Team Abu Dhabi and a single point adrift of the Blue Roo.

 Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi.

 Race 1

 The opening race fired into life much later than planned in the original timetable because of tidal conditions. The Blue Roo led from Victory Team and Team Abu Dhabi, but Lady Spain missed the race after crashing on Friday afternoon. Racing was to be staged over a start lap, 13 normal laps and two long laps. The Blue Roo held the advantage but a flying Caccia Engineering made up a lot of ground in poor visibility, as Victory Team dropped to the rear of the field after incurring a penalty lap.

 The Blue Roo continued to lead from Team Abu Dhabi, Weihai-China and Caccia Engineering, but the Emirati duo opted for a long lap early on as well and Weihai-China snatched second position and the Victory Team took their long laps. The Blue Roo continued to press ahead, but still had to take two long laps as Team Abu Dhabi took a second long lap as well and, like Victory Team, now had a clean slate to push through the field over the closing tours.

 The Blue Roo, Weihai-China and Caccia Engineering held the top three places before their long laps were taken into consideration. The leaders decided to take their long laps on tours seven and eight and the order stabilised with the Blue Roo crew maintaining their advantage from Weihai-China (one long lap to run), Swecat Racing, Team Abu Dhabi, Caccia Engineering, while Victory Team were down in ninth position after their penalty lap.

 Weihai-China took their second long lap and Swecat Racing and Team Abu Dhabi moved up to second and third behind the Blue Roo, only for Weihai-China to return in third place. Team Abu Dhabi duly slipped to fourth from a distant Fujairah Team.

 The Blue Roo held on to take a maiden victory and push themselves firmly into contention for the XCAT title. Weihai-China moved up to second and a struggling Swecat Racing was also passed by Team Abu Dhabi, who snatched third overall on lap 13. But Weihai-China was under investigation by race officials as the chequered flag fell on a thrilling race.

 Practice and qualifying

 There were two crew changes following the previous weekend’s two races in Zhengzhou. The experienced Australian Darren Nicholson replaced Joakhim Kumlin alongside Italy’s Giovanni Carpitella in 222 Offshore, which was re-badged as Weihai-China 10 for races three and four. Nadir Bin Hendi also replaced Scott Williams in Al Wasl after a couple of practice laps, although Williams posted the all-important lap.

 Ten of the 11 teams seized the opportunity to take to the water for the first practice session on Friday afternoon. It was a session to forget for Lady’s Spain’s Roberto Lo Piano and Andrea Comello, who flipped the 46 boat at the end of a two-kilometre straight on their third lap. They were unharmed in the incident and the boat was towed back to the pontoon.

 Al Wasl topped the times with an 11th lap of 2min 28.449sec during a marathon stint of 16 laps on the course. The Blue Roo and Victory 3 were second and third, while Team Abu Dhabi ran for just six laps and were registered in fifth position, behind Weihai-China, with a best time of 2min 32.669sec.

 Pole Position qualifying was delayed by two and a half hours until the tide was deemed suitable on the Yellow Sea and that put the day’s schedule into reverse. Racing did get underway in murky conditions and Team Abu Dhabi, Victory and the Blue Roo survived tense Q1 and Q2 sessions to reach the three-boat Q3 shoot-out. The Blue Roo claimed pole position with a potent winning lap of 2min 27.061sec after pipping Victory Team (2min 27.582sec) and Team Abu Dhabi (2min 29.526sec) on their first lap of a thrilling session.

 Further free practice is permitted on Sunday morning and the fourth race in the series is scheduled for 14.00hrs (10.00hrs UAE time).

2017 Weihai Grand Prix – race 1 result:

1. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8 – Brett Luhrmann (AUS)/Pål-Virik Nilsen (NOR)                 39min 14.61sec

2. Weihai China 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Darren Nicholson (AUS)                                    @1min 00.34sec

3. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                    @1min 05.77sec              

4. Swecat Racing 2 - Mikael Bengtsson (SWE)/Erik Stark (SWE)                                                        @1min 15.13sec                              

5. Fujairah Team 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Alessandro Barone (ITA)                                 @1min 29.33sec

6. Caccia Engineering 22 - Diego Testa (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      @1min 39.22sec

7. Victory 3 – Salem Al-Adidi (UAE)/Eisa Al-Ali (UAE)                                                                              @1min 41.51sec                              

8. Al Wasl 7 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Nadir bin Hendi (UAE)                                                    @1min 49.41sec

9. Raheeb 17 – Abdullatif Al-Omani (KWT)/Mustafa Al-Dashti (KWT)                                   @2min 20.09sec

10. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)                                     @2min 23.96sec

DNS. Lady Spain 46 – Roberto Lo Piano (ITA)/Andrea Comello (ITA)                                   

 

2017 UIM XCAT World Championship – standings after race 3 of 8 (unofficial):

1. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                                                 86pts                    

2. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8                                                         83pts

3. Victory 3                                                                                                         82pts    

4. 222 Offshore 10/Weihai–China 10                                                               64pts                    

5. Fujairah Team 20                                                                                               51pts                    

6. Swecat Racing 2                                                                                               44pts                    

7. Caccia Engineering 22                                                                 43pts

8. New Star 9                                                                                                     31pts

9. Raheeb 17                                                                                                      23pts

10. Al Wasl 7                                                                                                      19pts

11. Lady Spain 46                                                                                           10pts

The Victory Team was moved up from seventh to sixth at the expense of Caccia Engineering in the final results for race one, when it came to light that the Italians had only run one long lap. The additional three points moved the Dubai team a single point behind Team Abu Dhabi and ahead of the Blue Roo.

2017 UIM XCAT World Championship – standings after race 3 of 8 (unofficial):

1. Team Abu Dhabi 5                                                                                                 86pts                    

2. Victory 3                                                                                                         85pts    

3. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8                                                         83pts

4. 222 Offshore 10/Weihai–China 10                                                               64pts                    

5. Fujairah Team 20                                                                                               51pts                    

6. Swecat Racing 2                                                                                               44pts                    

7. Caccia Engineering 22                                                                 38pts

8. New Star 9                                                                                                     31pts

9. Raheeb 17                                                                                                      23pts

10. Al Wasl 7                                                                                                      21pts

11. Lady Spain 46                                                                                           10pts 

 

 

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TEAM ABU DHABI AIMS TO EXACT REVENGE ON EMIRATI RIVALS AS TEAMS

World’s most competitive offshore series heads to Shandong province for next two races

 WEIHAI (CHINA): Tuesday, October 17: Team Abu Dhabi will lock horns with their rivals again this weekend when the 2017 UIM XCAT World Championship heads to Weihai in the Chinese province of Shandong for the third and fourth races in the four-round, eight-race series.

 Races on Saturday and Sunday will take place in Nanhai New District Bay and offer the first offshore challenge of this year’s series after the opening two races took place on an inland lake in Zhengzhou. The Victory Team’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali won both of those races after leading from start-to-finish and arrive in Weihei City with a 10-point advantage over Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori.

 Australian Brett Luhrmann and Norway’s Pal-Virik Nilsen rounded off the podium places on race two in Zhengzhou and they are only 22 points behind the leading Dubai boat in third place in the points’ standings, with Caccia Engineering, 222 Offshore and the Fujairah Team inside the top six after a quarter of the races in the new UIM-sanctioned series being promoted by Baia Blù D’Oriente (BBDO).

 Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi.

 “The XCAT races come thick and fast over the space of three weeks in China and then we finish off in Dubai at the start of December, so it was important that there was no damage to the boat in Zhengzhou which could have been very costly for the championship with only a handful of days between the two rounds,” said Salem Al-Remeithi. “Rashed and Majed have begun well and it’s a case of keeping up the momentum and aiming to beat the Victory Team and try and take the win.”

 Weihai is a city in China’s eastern province of Shandong and acts as a major seaport. The city borders Yantai to the west and the Yellow Sea to the east. The city, formerly known as Weihaiwei, was established in 1949 after the Communist revolution and acts as a major fishing centre and trading hub with its close proximity to South Korea.

 The weekend’s formalities get underway with technical scrutineering, registration and team briefings on Thursday (October 19) and the on-course action gets the green light with official practice from 13.30hrs on Friday.

 Pole Position qualifying takes centre stage from 10.00hrs (06.00hrs UAE time) on Saturday morning and the first of the two Weihai races fires into life at 14.00hrs. Further free practice is permitted on Sunday morning and the second race takes place at the similar time of 14.00hrs (10.00hrs UAE time) on Sunday.

2017 UIM XCAT World Championship – standings after race 2 of 8:

1. Victory 3 – Salem Al-Adidi (UAE)/Eisa Al-Ali (UAE) 70pts

2. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE) 60pts

3. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8 – Brett Luhrmann (AUS)/Pal-Virik Nilsen (NOR) 48pts

4. Caccia Engineering 22 - Diego Testa (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA) 38pts

5. 222 Offshore 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Joakhim Kumlin (SWE) 34pts

6. Fujairah Team 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Alessandro Barone (ITA) 33pts

7. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS) 25pts

8. Swecat Racing 2 - Mikael Bengtsson (SWE)/Erik Stark (SWE) 22pts

9. Raheeb 17 – Abdullatif Al-Omani (KWT)/Mustafa Al-Dashti (KWT) 15pts

10. Lady Spain 46 – Roberto Lo Piano (ITA)/Andrea Comello (ITA) 10pts

11. Al Wasl 7 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Scott Williams (GBR) 9pts

 

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VICTORY 3 AND TEAM ABU DHABI 5 REPEAT 1-2 FINISH IN SECOND UIM XCAT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE IN ZHENGZHOU

ZHENGZHOU (CHINA): Sunday, October 15:  Victory 3’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali and Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori repeated their 1-2 finish in the second of the weekend’s XCAT races at the Zhengzhou Grand Prix on Longhu Lake.

 In gloomy conditions, the Dubai-based crew led from start-to-finish to hold off the challenge from their great Emirati rivals for the second successive day to take an early advantage in the eight-race UIM XCAT World Championship. Both teams were the class of the field, while Australian Brett Luhrmann and Norway’s Pal-Virik Nilsen rounded off the podium places in the Blue Roo.

 The experienced Giovanni Carpitella and Joakhim Kumlin finished fourth in 222 Offshore and the Italian pairing of Serafino Baresi and Alessandro Barone completed the top five with Fujairah Racing 20. Dubai’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Briton Scott Williams improved on their performance from Saturday to claim points for ninth place.

 “It would have been nice to take a win this weekend, but we have started the XCAT programme with two strong finishes and have put ourselves in a good position to maintain the challenge for the title over the next couple of weeks,” said Team Abu Dhabi’s Al-Tayer.

 Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi.

 Race 2

 Gloomy and smoggy conditions prevailed over Longhu Lake for the start of the second race of the weekend. Victory 3 maintained their advantage over Team Abu Dhabi 5 from the green flag, through the first corners and to the end of the opening lap. The Dubai crew began to edge away from Team Abu Dhabi, with the Blue Roo running in third and Al Wasl enjoying a better run than the previous day.

 Long lap strategies came into play over the subsequent few tours and the Blue Roo came under pressure from Caccia Engineering in the mist, as Swecat Racing stopped with technical issues in the middle of the course and slowly headed towards the pontoon.

 Victory 3 continued to edge away from Team Abu Dhabi and the procession continued through the closing laps with Al-Adidi and Al-Eisa claiming a second victory of the weekend by the margin of 22.34 seconds to earn a 10-point lead in the title race.

 Eleven boats took to the water for Sunday morning’s official practice session and the Blue Roo topped the times with a best lap of 2min 11.566sec, although the stint was more about getting a good set-up for the race. Team Abu Dhabi only ran for two laps.

 The series resumes at Weihei in China, next weekend (October 20-22).

2017 Zhengzhou Grand Prix – race 2 result:

1. Victory 3 – Salem Al-Adidi (UAE)/Eisa Al-Ali (UAE)                                                                              30min 44.68sec                              

2. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                    @22.34sec        

3. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8 – Brett Luhrmann (AUS)/Pal-Virik Nilsen (NOR)                 @36.96sec

4. 222 Offshore 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Joakhim Kumlin (SWE)                                    @54.45sec

5. Fujairah Team 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Alessandro Barone (ITA)                                 @1min 05.34sec

6. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)                                                     @1min 12.15sec

7. Caccia Engineering 22 - Diego Testa (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      @1min 16.07sec

8. Lady Spain 46 – Roberto Lo Piano (ITA)/Andrea Comello (ITA)                                                    @1min 37.45ec

9. Al Wasl 7 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Scott Williams (GBR)                                                 @1min 55.02sec

10. Raheeb 17 – Abdullatif Al-Omani (KWT)/Mustafa Al-Dashti (KWT)                                   1 lap behind

DNF. Swecat Racing 2 - Mikael Bengtsson (SWE)/Erik Stark (SWE)                                        4 laps behind                

 

2017 UIM XCAT World Championship – latest standings:

1. Victory 3 – Salem Al-Adidi (UAE)/Eisa Al-Ali (UAE)                                                                              70pts    

2. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                    60pts

3. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8 – Brett Luhrmann (AUS)/Pal-Virik Nilsen (NOR)                 48pts

4. Caccia Engineering 22 - Diego Testa (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      38pts

5. 222 Offshore 10 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Joakhim Kumlin (SWE)                                    34pts

6. Fujairah Team 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Alessandro Barone (ITA)                                 33pts

7. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)                                                     25pts

8. Swecat Racing 2 - Mikael Bengtsson (SWE)/Erik Stark (SWE)                                                        22pts

9. Raheeb 17 – Abdullatif Al-Omani (KWT)/Mustafa Al-Dashti (KWT)                                   15pts

10. Lady Spain 46 – Roberto Lo Piano (ITA)/Andrea Comello (ITA)                                    10pts

11. Al Wasl 7 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Scott Williams (GBR)                                                 9pts

               

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TEAM ABU DHABI SHADOWS VICTORY TEAM TO FINISH OF OPENING UIM XCAT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE IN ZHENGZHOU

Victory 3 pips Team Abu Dhabi 5 and the Blue Roo to pole position in Zhengzhou

                  

ZHENGZHOU (CHINA): Saturday, October 14:  Team Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al-Tayer and Majed Al-Mansoori shadowed Victory 3’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali to the finish of the opening race of the UIM XCAT World Championship on Zhengzhou’s Longhu Lake on Saturday. 

 The two Emirati crews had dominated the pole position qualifying sessions as well, but the Victory 3 benefited from their pole position to finish the 14-lap race 23.4 seconds in front of the crew running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC).

 The Italian duo of Diego Testa and Daniele Martignoni were the surprise package of the first of six XCAT races in the People’s Republic in the space of three weeks. They guided Caccia Engineering 22 to the final slot on the podium and finished over 16 seconds in front of the Blue Roo, crewed by Aussia Brett Luhrmann and Norway’s Pal-Virik Nilsen. The Swedish pairing of Mikael Bengtsson and Erik Stark rounded off the top five in Swecat Racing.

 Race one marked an inauspicious start to the new XCAT season for four-time champion Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and his new British team-mate Scott Williams in Al-Wasl 7. The pair were sidelined after two laps of the race.

 Etihad Airways is the official carrier for Team Abu Dhabi that is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, Vice-President and CEO of the ADIMSC. The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and board member and general manager Salem Al-Remeithi.

 Qualifying and practice

 Race qualifying was split into three sessions. All 11 boats took to the water for Q1, but the Fujairah Team was disqualified under the new regulations for fielding a boat that was under the weight restriction of 2,400kg. Team Abu Dhabi 5 ran for seven laps and carded the best time of the session – a last tour of 2min 12.357sec to storm through to Q2. Lady Spain was a mere half a second behind and Victory 3 was third.

 The Fujairah Team was again omitted from the six-boat Q2 results sheet in a session where Team Abu Dhabi 5 came out on top again with a solitary lap of 2min 11.353sec from Victory 3, the Blue Roo and 222 Offshore.

 The fastest three made it through to Q3 and Victory 3 stole a march on Team Abu Dhabi 5 and the Blue Roo to claim pole position with a winning lap of 2min 10.266sec. Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori were second with 2min 12.129sec and the Australian-Norwegian pairing of Brett Luhrmann and Pal-Virik Nilsen rounded off the timings with a 2min 13.188sec lap to claim third place. 222 Offshore and Lady Spain were fourth and fifth from their Q2 times.

 Team Abu Dhabi made a strong start in Friday morning’s first practice session and Al-Tayer and Al-Mansoori slotted into second position behind Victory 3’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali, who ran a best lap of 2min 12.516sec. Swecat Racing, Lady Spain and 222 Offshore rounded off the top five. The Blue Roo, Raheeb, New Star, the Fujairah Team, Al-Wasl and Caccia Engineering completed the list of 11 boats who took to the water.

 Further official practice will be permitted from 11.00hrs on Sunday morning and precedes the second Zhengzhou Grand Prix starting at 14.30hrs (10.30hrs UAE time).

 2017 Zhengzhou Grand Prix – race 1 result:

1. Victory 3 – Salem Al-Adidi (UAE)/Eisa Al-Ali (UAE)                                                                              32min 35.68sec                              

2. Team Abu Dhabi 5 – Rashed Al-Tayer (UAE)/Majed Al-Mansoori (UAE)                                    @23.49sec        

3. Caccia Engineering 22 - Diego Testa (ITA)/Daniele Martignoni (ITA)                                      @37.68sec

4. The Blue Roo (Team Australia) 8 – Brett Luhrmann (AUS)/Pal-Virik Nilsen (NOR)                 @53.34sec

5. Swecat Racing 2 - Mikael Bengtsson (SWE)/Erik Stark (SWE)                                                        @1min 23.86sec

6. Fujairah Team 20 – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Alessandro Barone (ITA)                                 @1min 28.11sec

7. 222 Offshore 20 - Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Joakhim Kumlin (SWE)                                    @1min 37.21sec

8. New Star 9 – Mikhail Kitashev (RUS)/Dmitry Vandyshev (RUS)     3. Fujairah Racing                @2min 11.12sec

9. Raheeb 17 – Abdullatif Al-Omani (KWT)/Mustafa Al-Dashti (KWT) 2. Al&Al                  1 lap behind

DNF. Al Wasl 7 - Arif Saif Al-Zafeen (UAE)/Scott Williams (GBR)                                                 retired – after lap 2

DNS. Lady Spain 46 – Roberto Lo Piano (ITA)/Andrea Comello (ITA)

               

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