Dubai: Sayeb and Al Wasf may have clinched the top honours in the last two heats of the 22ft Dhow Sailing Championships, but it was Sultan Saeed Hareb's Shamardal that took the overall championship in the race that took place last weekend.
The final two heats of the five-heat regatta kicked off with 67 boats lining up next to The World islands.
A good breeze allowed two heats to take place.
The first race was won by Sayeb, skippered by Hassan Abdullah Al Marzouqi and owned by Marwan Abdullah Al Marzouqi.
Al Zeeb, owned and skippered by Majid Sultan Saeed Al Dhahri, clocked in second while Atlas, owned and skippered by Mohammad Majid Al Roum, took third place.
Al Wasf, owned and skippered by Mohammad Hamad Al Ghashaih, won the second race which took a different course.
Placing second was Rejam, owned and skippered by Khalid Tarish Atiq Al Qubaisi, while Azzam, owned and skippered by Khadim Rashid Khadim Al Muhairi, was third.
Sultan Saeed Hareb, however, took the overall title following strong finishes in all five races.
Saeed Hareb, Managing Director of the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), awarded the trophies to the winners in a ceremony that followed at the harbour in Jumeirah 1.
The regatta, organised by DIMC under the auspices of the UAE Marine Sports Federation, was also filmed as part of a new television series aimed at promoting the culture and life in the UAE.
Crew members of the participating dhows are mostly young Emirati boat enthusiasts.
The 22ft dhow was introduced as a racing boat about eight years ago.
From eight boats that participated in the inaugural race, the regatta now attracts up to 70 boats manned by at least five crew members each.Results
Heat 4 1. Sayeb, Hassan Abdullah Al Marzouqi; 2. Al Zeeb, Majid Sultan Saeed Al Dhahri; 3. Atlas, Mohammad Majid Al Roum. Heat 5 1. Al Wasf, Mohammad Hamad Al Ghashaih; 2. Rejam, Khalid Tarish Atiq Al Qubaisi; 3. Azzam, Khadim Rashid Khadim Al Muhairi. Overall Championship results 1. Shamardal, Sultan Saeed Harib. 2. Sayeb, Hassan Abdullah Al Marzouqi; 3. Al Wasf, Mohammad Hamad Al Ghashaih.