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ISAF NATIONS CUP - YOUNG UAE SAILING STARS GEAR UP FOR NATIONS CUP BID

ISAF NATIONS CUP - YOUNG UAE SAILING STARS GEAR UP FOR NATIONS CUP BID

30.03.2006: ISAF NATIONS CUP - YOUNG UAE SAILING STARS GEAR UP FOR NATIONS CUP BID


Two UAE teams will be battling through a round robin series of match races for a place in the grand final of the ISAF Nations Cup


National squad compete for places in regional qualifier and chance to upset Indian favourites

The cream of the UAE’s young sailing talent are being prepared for a major effort next week to win a place in the grand final of the ISAF Nations Cup.

Over the weekend 20 members of the UAE sailing team will undergo intensive training at Dubai International Marine Club in readiness for the match racing qualifying event which gets under way next Monday.

On Sunday Italian coach Raymondo Tonelli will select the ten current top performers to make up the two five-man crews which will represent the UAE in the first of eight qualifiers being staged around the world over the next four months.

New Asian champions India will start as the firm favourites at Dubai International Marine Club to book their passage through to Setpember’s grand final at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Ireland.

But the two UAE teams will be hoping to upset the odds, and one of them could join the defending men’s and women’s champions from South Africa and Australia and the rest of the regional qualifiers to contest the title of the world’s top match racing nation.

"The ten selected for the Nations Cup qualifier will be those who have made the best impression in the build-up to the event," said Sid Bensalah, sailing director at DIMC.

"Raymondo will be putting them through their paces over the weekend and it will be up to each individual to impress. Selection will not be based on previous records alone."

The 20 members of the UAE squad are all products of the youth sailing programme launched six years ago by Dubai International Marine Club.

They are competing for places in the five- man team to represent the Emirates in the match racing event at the Doha Asian Games in December, and the Nations Cup is providing some valuable extra competitive experience.

The leading candidates for selection next week include two sets of brothers, Omar and Ahmed Shaheen, and Adel and Yousef Khalid, each of whom have excelled in the optimist and laser classes before moving up to match racing.

Ahmed Shaheen is already in the record books as the first UAE competitor to contest the Optimist World Championships, while Adel Khaled was the emirate’s dominant performer in the laser class for the previous two years.


Ahmed Shaheen - seen her in action as skipper during January’s Dubai Match Race – is one of the UAE’s top hopes.


While Bahrain, Qatar, Greece and South Africa will not now be represented next week, Turkey’s hopes will be carried by a crew skippered by Orkun Soyer. Cedric Le Rest leads another DIMC crew while Dubai Offshore Sailing Club’s Bekky Britton skippers an all lady crew and Christopher Graham skippers another team representing the UAE Marine Sports Federation.

From Monday, teams will compete in a daily round-robin series of match races aboard four of the V1/Lutra-30 Sport Boats launched during the Dubai Match Race in January. The final to decide the Dubai qualifiers takes place on Sunday week.

 

-Tony Curtis, Narayan Marar, Total Communications Dubai -

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30.03.2006 / MaP

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