2018 Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race results as 26th edition officially ends

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The 2018 Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race officially ended on Tuesday in Muscat, Oman.

Of the 15 boats that started the 26th edition of the race, eight reached the finish-line at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha having departed from Dubai Offshore Sailing Club on Thursday, March 8.

The remainder of the entries retired from racing for various reasons. A variety of modern keelboats were racing in their respective classes.

First over the finish in Muscat, to take “Line Honours”, was Yacht Switchblade, skippered by owner Simon Reeves. Switchblade is a Beneteau First 36.7 with 5 crew on-board and completed the course in 3 days and 5 hours, finishing just minutes ahead of another Beneteau First 36.7, Yacht Shahrazad, after an exciting tacking duel in the closing miles of the race.

The Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race has often been referred to as “the race of two halves”, as the weather conditions on the initial run up the western side of the United Arab Emirates and the Musandam Peninsula can differ so greatly from those seen from the Straits of Hormuz, across the Gulf of Oman to Muscat.

This year a race-within-a-race saw boats also competing in “The Sprint to the Corner” which proved to be a great drag race up the Arabian Gulf, negotiating the fishing nets off the Northern Emirates & the potential katabatic winds of the Musandam escarpments.

First to reach the virtual finish line off the northern point of the peninsula was Yacht El-Seraya from Kuwait, owned & skippered by father & son Fawzi & Naser Sultan.

Second was Yacht Switchblade followed by Yacht Shahrazad at third. From then on, it was a different story as the crews had to deal with very light wind conditions once through “the gap” at the tip of the peninsula, and several of the larger boats including the 100ft Nautor Swan Yacht Rusalka and both of the Abu Dhabi Pindar Volvo60’s were forced to retire, proving the point that the big boats don’t always win.

After a frustrating day for many boats, those who had kept to the East gained more wind and the chase was on again.

The race organiser and international race officials were keen to enforce all the required maritime exclusion zones, so all boats had to avoid any restricted or contested waters.

The race officials as well as friends & family onshore, were able to follow the entire race through an online tracker. The tracker also doubled as an emergency response system, which gave everyone a sense of security in an area that has very limited mobile phone coverage.

The tracker information over the next two days would be well used as training information for any future skippers in this region. With light winds from a weak weather system in the Gulf of Oman, progress was slow, but the lead boats were able to pull ahead by keeping further out into the Gulf of Oman.

From then on it was a race of tactics & the remaining trophies would be awarded according to IRC international handicap protocol. IRC handicap results are reliant on a boats’ measurements, rather than the number of crew on board. 

First in the overall IRC division was Yacht Switchblade, closely followed by Yacht Shahrazad & Yacht Sandpiper. Yacht Shahrazad owned & skippered by David Worrall, triumphed in the inaugural Dubai to Muscat Race Double-handed division, beating Yacht Twister. These boats competed with the additional factor of having just two sailors on board.

No Club Class registered boats made it to Muscat.

In another first for the 2018 event, the race organisers introduced the Virtual Regatta online game, allowing skippers of virtual boats to compete against the real boats using their tracker positions. This proved to be a great success with almost 24,000 virtual boats taking part.

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the running to win Laureus World Sportsman of the Year

David Cooper 26/02/2018
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Roger Federer is a four-time Laureus World Sportsman of the Year winner.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will renew their historic rivalry away from the court in Monte Carlo on Tuesday as the tennis stars go head-to-head to take home the prestigious Laureus Sportsman of the Year award.

Both Federer and Nadal claimed two Grand Slam titles each in 2017, with the Swiss star the firm favourite to win the accolade for a record fifth time in Monaco.

Having won the gong for four consecutive years from 2005 and 2008, Federer can go past Usain Bolt, another four-time winner, while a British trio in runner Mo Farah, cyclist Chris Froome and Formula One star Lewis Hamilton join Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo as the other nominees for the coveted prize.

Neither of those four have previously won the award but Nadal did triumph in 2011 – although he is not expected to be at the event in person given he returns to action at the Mexican Open in Acapulco this week.

In the women’s category, reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and three-time 800m world champion Caster Semenya join an all-American quartet of 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams, 16-time world athletics championship medalist Allyson Felix, 19-year-old swimming sensation Katie Ledecky and Overall World Cup champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin as the nominees.

An array of sports make-up the six hopefuls in the Laureus World Team of the Year category with tennis’ France Davis Cup Team, NBA champions Golden State Warriors, Formula One world champions Mercedes-AMG Petronas, Super Bowl champions New England Patriots, sailing’s New Zealand America’s Cup Team, and Champions League winners Real Madrid the chief contenders.

After a stellar year in the ring in which he unified the WBA, IBO and IBF heavyweight titles, boxer Anthony Joshua is tipped to win the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year category, but faces competition from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and Spaniard Sergio Garcia.

Elsewhere, following their remarkable Champions League 6-1 comeback against PSG, Barcelona are in contention for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year category. Federer, meanwhile, is also in the mix to win that award along with Italian MotoGP star Valentino Rossi, 100m hurdle world champion Sally Pearson, 100m sprint world champion Justin Gatlin and Brazilian football club Chapecoense, who made a remarkable return to competition after being involved in a tragic plane crash.

Marcel Hug, who won three world titles and five leading marathons is joined by three-time Grand Slam winning wheelchair tennis player Yui Kamiji, four-time world champion cross-country skier Oksana Masters, snowboarder Bibian Mentel-Spee, Ironman Para world champion Jetze Plat and T44 Long Jump world champion Markus Rehm are all in the running to be named the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability category.

For the full award nominations and more information on the Laureus Sport for Good Awards, click here.

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Golf voted most boring sport in the world, according to British survey

Sport360 staff 10/01/2018

With 10 of the top 100 golfers in the world from England, shouldn’t the sport be one of the most popular in the country?

Well, that’s an assumption to reconsider because, according to a poll of 2,000 Brits conducted by Casumo.com, golf was voted as the most boring sport to watch.

Over 70% of Brits who watched the sport say that it is boring – followed by American Football (59%), Cricket and Darts (58%) and Snooker (57%).

Basketball, Horse Racing and Cycle are also high on the list of the dullest sports.

At the other end of the table, 47% of people consider athletics to be the most exciting ahead of Tennis (43%) and Gymnastics (37%).

Football is the fifth most exciting sport to watch – with 43% of people.

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