By hosting the 33rd America’s Cup in the Ras al-Khaimah of the United Arab Eremites (UAE), the defender Alinghi team is eager to expose the region to yachting at its highest range. Given the view of the Dubai Traditional 22ft Dhow Sailing Championship this past weekend, there would seem to be quite a distance in that range.
The 22 ft dhow is used to train and introduce youngsters to sailing. Although the design of the boat remains traditional many sailors have opted to purchase sails from modern sail makers in Europe keeping within the guidelines of the UAE Marine Sports Federation.
“We have taken the approach to develop a training boat based on our traditions and we are pleased with the results,” said Saeed Harib, who was competing in the event. “Some of these sailors will go on to race the 43 ft or 60 ft dhows and some will go on to race on our Sea Dubai branded RC44 and race internationally in the RC44 Championship Tour.”
The final Round of the RC44 Championship Tour will be hosted in Dubai International Marine Club in November.
Photographs by Ashraf Al Amra.
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