Don't miss the boat for the Dubai to Muscat Sailing Race

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The Dubai to Muscat Sailing Race – the longest offshore race in the region for modern keelboats is back for their 26th edition next month and sailors can still be part of the event with registration now open.

Covering more than 360 miles around the Musandam Peninsula, the race will leave from Dubai Offshore Sailing Club on March 8 for their journey to Marina Bandar Al Rowdha in Muscat, which will end on March 13.

Sailors can expect to spend from three to five days at sea, racing 24 hours a day in a variety of weather conditions.

Following a successful 25th Silver Anniversary race in 2017, organisers are expecting over 25 yachts to participate with 150 sailors from the UAE, the region and around the world.

“Since 1991 when the first race was held, the event has grown massively,” said David Worrall, race organiser. “At that time, five or six boats would be competing but now it’s a completely different event to what it was in those early years.”

The new March start date allows the race to become part of the prestigious Asian Keelboat Championship, which will eventually attract entrants from across the Asian region.

In addition, the introduction of a double-handed class will allow veterans of the race to seek a new challenge with just two sailors on board where they may have raced the course previously with six to 10 crew.

A new feature for the race this year is that spectators who are not participating, and who cannot sail themselves, or cannot afford the time, can participate in the challenge by entering the online racing game at: http://virtualregatta.com/en.

Using the online game, enthusiasts can sail their own virtual modern keelboat around the same course, using the actual weather seen by the real boats, and with their virtual boat having the same performance as several of the actual boats taking part.

Although registration has just opened, Worrall believes it’s an opportunity not to be missed for sailors.

“It’s like an adventure like no other,” he said. “Sailors will race continuously for three or four days, not only is it a technical challenge to sail a boat but it’s an endurance marathon. You have to sleep while people are sailing the boat and it’s your turn to race the boat when they sleep. With it going for three to four days, if you want to win you have to keep yourself going at a very high standard of a performance. It’s a real challenge and adventure.”

What: Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race

Where: Dubai and Muscat

When: March 8 to March 13

Contact: For more information or to register, visit http://dubaitomuscatrace.com/

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Still time for kids to sign up for IJF Academy and FC Football Center Football Camp

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With the half-term holidays soon approaching, there’s no reason for budding footballers not to be active with IJF Academy and FC Football Center’s Football Camp.

Taking place at Just Play HQ, Al Quoz, Dubai from February 11 to 15, kids aged between 3 and 16 can develop their skills and knowledge under their qualified coaching staff.

IJF and FC Football Center are no strangers to hosting camps with their previous editions proving to be a huge success and next week’s is set to be no different.

“During our winter camps in December and January we had over 70 children attending per day and we are delighted that it was a huge success,” said Lee Mannion, head coach at IJF Academy. “The kids had an amazing time, learning new skills and techniques and we are confident the Football Camp will be another big success.

“That’s because besides learning new skills and techniques, there will also be fun games which will be based on some of the skills of their favourite players today.”

Running from 09:00 to 16:00, parents can choose from three options: half a day (09:00 to 12:00 or 13:00 to 16:00) costs Dh150, while it’s Dh400 for three days or Dh650 for five days. For those who want to attend the full day, then it’s Dh250 daily, Dh650 for three days or Dh1,000 for five days.

And with a few days to go until the camp begins, Mannion believes there’s plenty of reasons as to why parents should enroll their children.

“What makes our camp stand out from the others is that ours is one of the only camps that focuses specifically on football in Dubai,” he said. “As we are having a team of high qualified coaches in the Dubai, the camp is run indoors in a fully air conditioned facility so kids will not have to worry about the heat. There is also a safe seating area for the children to sit and have a snack during the breaks.”

He added: “Overall, the children will have fun, meet new friends and learn about the game as well. On top of this the children will have the chance to win prizes each day.”

What: IJF Academy and FC Football Centre Football Camp

Where: Just Play HQ, Dubai

When: February 11-15

Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.justplay.ae or email [email protected]

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FBMA International Show Jumping Cup to return to Abu Dhabi in March

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Witness some of the best show jumpers and enjoy a wide variety of fun activities for free as the annual Fatima Bint Mubarak Academy (FBMA) International Show Jumping Cup returns next month at Al Forsan International Sports Resort.

Running from March 1 to 3, this year will be the fifth edition and is expected to see an increased interest from international equestrian communities and higher participation numbers than previous years.

More than 120 participants are expected to flock to the Abu Dhabi venues and compete in various categories (CSIL2*, CSIYH1* incl. 8YO, CSICH-a and CSJI-A) in their bid of winning some fantastic prizes.

On top of seeing the action, organisers FBMA, are bringing back the very popular Equestrian Village, a fun family zone that consists of equestrian themed games for kids, pony rides, a market and a variety of food and beverage options.

Since launching in 2013, the FBMA International Show Jumping Cup has gone from strength to strength, enjoying significant regional and international recognition.

Beginning as a ladies-only event, the competition expanded in 2016 to include categories for men and children. With the tournament growing rapidly, the fourth edition of the Cup attracted 117 riders from 25 nations as well as becoming an established family event to attend.

And this year is set to be no different. Highlighting Abu Dhabi’s international contribution and commitment to sporting events in the UAE, it enhances the overall vision of FMBA to encourage Emirati women to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Aiming to instill the values of sport in the local community, the event hosts a large number of local talent and aspires to increase Emirati women’s participation in sporting events.

The three-day free to attend event is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the UAE General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairperson of Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and directives from H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy and president of the Abu Dhabi and the Al Ain ladies clubs.

What: FBMA International Show Jumping Cup
Where: Al Forsan International Sports Resort
When: March 1 to 3
Contact: For more information, visit www.fbma.ae

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