“Nimran” announced champion of ADNOC 22-foot sailing race
The loader “Nimran” owned by Al Nokhatha Majed Ahmed Abdullah Al Marzouqi, was crowned champion of ADNOC 22-foot sailing race, organized by Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club last Saturday, with a remarkable participation of sailing loaders from various emirates, the champion loader won 30 thousand dirhams as first place prize.
The race, which is the second round for this category, started from A’Ali area in Lulu Island, for a distance of 7 nautical miles, towards the finish line at the flagpole on Abu Dhabi Corniche, and witnessed strong competition between the bearings participating in all stages.
In the second place came “Rajam” owned by Ahmed Tarish Ateeq Al Qubaisi, led by Al Nokhatha Khalifa Ahmed Tarish Al Qubaisi, and received 29 thousand dirhams. “Muhajir” owned by Majed Ahmed Khadim Al Muhairi, came in third place led by Al Nokhatha Khalfan Majid Ahmed Al Muhairi and won 27 thousand dirhams. The fourth place went to “Hasheem” for its owner Al Nokhatha Mohammad Marwan Abdullah Al Marzouqi, and got 26 thousand dirhams, and the fifth place went to the loader “Dahis” for its owner Al Nokhatha Abdul Rahman Abdullah Muhammad Al Marzouqi, and got 24 thousand dirhams.
And in sixth place came “Al Saab” owned by Rashid Hassan Ali Al Housani, led by Al Nokhatha Sultan Muhammad Al Marzouqi, and won 22 thousand dirhams, and “Dhiban” came in seventh place, owned by Ali Tarish Ateeq Ahmed Al Qubaisi, and led by Al Nokhatha Tarish Ali Tarish Ateeq Al Qubaisi, and got 20 thousand dirhams.
The loader “Abu Dhabi” owned by Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, and led by Al Nokhatha Ahmed Ismail Ahmed Al Marzouqi, came in the eighth place, and won 18 thousand dirhams, as its first participation in the races, led by graduates of “Al Nokhatha Junior” program, which was launched by Abu Dhabi Academy for Marine Sports in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with the aim of qualifying young sailors and providing them with experience to compete in heritage races.
In the ninth place came “Barq”, owned by Jaber Mohammad Jaber Al Hammadi, and led by Al Nokhatha Al Harith Ismail Ibrahim Al Ali, and won 16 thousand dirhams, while the tenth place went to the loader “Toofan” owned by Ahmed Ismail Ahmed Al Marzouqi, and led by Al Nokhatha Zayed Sultan Saeed Al Dhaheri, and won 14 thousand dirhams.
The race was organized within Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club program of marine season and activities of the year 2023, which includes many heritage races for different groups, in support of efforts to preserve marine heritage, and to introduce young sailors to it.
The first round witnessed the crowning of the loader “Hasheem” for its owner, Al Nokhatha Mohammed Marwan Abdullah Al Marzouqi, with the title of the Sheikh Zayed Festival for sailing bearings in the 22-foot category.
The winners were crowned by Salem Al Rumaithi, General Manager of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, Mubarak Amer Al Muhairbi, Senior Vice President of Administrative Affairs for Group and Community Services at ADNOC, Majid Ateeq Al Muhairi, Director of the Marine Sports Department at the club, and Khalifa Al Rumaithi, Head of the Heritage Races Department at the club.
For his part, Khalifa Al Rumaithi appreciated all the efforts made by all sectors, in order to preserve the ancient maritime heritage of the United Arab Emirates and pass it on to generations, with all its traditions and details that encourage seagoing, teamwork that leads to success, and the confidence that every sailor showed during the race.
Khalifa Al Rumaithi praised the enthusiasm shown by the sailors during the race in the journey to reach the finish line first, which was an immense challenge itself for all participant, that painted a distinct picture of effort, contribution, patience and courage of the youth, it also constituted a heritage celebration for the participants on board and offered them wonderful moments, and offered the most beautiful scene to the public on Abu Dhabi Corniche.
“What the youth presented during the first and second rounds of the 22-foot sailing bearings confirms their desire to support efforts to preserve the Emirati maritime heritage and enhance its position, as well as their passion to participate in heritage races in order to win, and gradually reach participation in the races of larger categories in the future” he said.
Khalifa Al Rumaithi praised the good appearance of sailors of the loader “Abu Dhabi” owned by Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, who finished eighth during his first participation in the races, pointing out that the sailors graduated from Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club Academy through “Al Nokhatha Junior” program, which aims to teach students the basics of sailing bearings, and contributes to qualifying young sailors, developing their abilities and refining their skills to join races of larger categories.