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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Bahrain at Dubai Junior Regatta 2006

India and Bahrain have joined the line-up of countries that will contest the exciting new match racing event being launched as part of next month’s Dubai Junior Regatta. The Dubai Match Race is adding an extra dimension to the junior sailing event, which is sponsored by Emirates Airline and takes place from January 22-29 2006. It will be the first of many match racing events staged by Dubai International Marine Club as part of its ongoing drive to boost the popularity of sailing and ultimately lead to local representation in the Americas Cup.

India and Bahrain have joined New Zealand, Germany, Holland, Italy, Kuwait and Qatar in confirming that they will be sending match racing teams to Dubai. They will be challenging some of the best sailing talent from the host country, including two UAE national teams currently preparing for next year’s Asian Games in Doha, and others representing Dubai Offshore Sailing Club and Jebel Ali Sailing Club.

An open international match racing series for challengers of all ages will also be taking place, the Dubai Match Race will be contested by 12 to 16 teams sailing the newly-designed V1/Lutra-30 Sport Boat. This high performance racing boat has been built in Dubai especially for the event and for next April’s ISAF Nations Cup qualifier in the emirate. More than 130 competitors from 18 nations will contest the Optimist and Laser 4.7 events at the Dubai Junior Regatta and the Dubai Match Race will boost the overall regatta line-up to well over 200 participants.

Source: International Sailing Federation

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