More than 3,000 sailors on 116 boats challenge for slice of Dh25m Dalma race

10/21/2018 12:00:00 AM Share this:


The Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club (ADSYC) has brought forward the day of the second Dalma Sailing Festival’s 60-foot dhow race to Thursday at the recommendation of the National Centre for Meteorology.

The previous dates set for the two-day event commenced from October 27 but the organisers said the festival will continue until October 29 as per the original dates.

The flagship event of the festival, the 60-foot traditional sail boat race with a whopping Dh25million prize fund racing over 80 nautical miles, has drawn 116 entries with over 3,000 sailors manning them.

The Dalma Festival is staged under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Dhafra, and organised by ADSYC in cooperation with the Festival and Cultural Program and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC).

The winner of the race will receive Dh1.5million and the top five to finish will also receive vehicles. The top 100 boats to finish the race will also receive a share of the prize fund.

Al Fattan Group joined the list of sponsors in support of the festival, stating they wanted to provide their support in order to preserve culture and traditional sports in the country.

Majid Ateeq Al Muhairi, Executive Director of ADYSC and a member of the Organising Committee, said the number of boats that have confirmed for the race underlines the enduring popularity of traditional sports.

“The preparations are complete and we are as excited as the participants for the event to begin,” he said.

“The race has been brought forward by the technical committee of the race following the weather forecast of the National Centre for Meteorology.”