Team Abu Dhabi returns to northern France this weekend to take part in the 54th edition of the world renowned 24 Hours of Rouen endurance race on the River Seine. The race starts at 10am on Sunday morning and runs through to a finish on Monday.
The team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) achieved a memorable Class S2 victory last year, courtesy of Thani Al-Qemzi, Alex Carella, Majed Al-Mansoori and Tullio Abbate, in Team Abu Dhabi 35. The ADIMSC is determined to repeat a success that saw them run for 792 laps on the 3.8km course to beat Navikart Racing by an impressive 37 laps. Rashed Al-Tayer replaces Abbate in Team Abu Dhabi 35 on this occasion.
Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, Rashed Al-Qemzi, Alberto Comparato and Rashed Al-Tayer were not so fortunate last year in Team Abu Dhabi 36 . They were running as high as sixth before Comparato crashed and the quartet retired after 321 laps. This year, Al-Mehairbi and Rashed Al-Qemzi will be joined by Faleh Al-Mansoori and Rashed Al-Remeithi in the 36 boat.
Last year’s outright race win fell to triple UIM F1 H20 World Champion Philippe Chiappe and his French crew of Peter and Nelson Morin and Rodolphe Avenel in the F1 CTIC China Team Moore entry.
“This will be my sixth time here in Rouen and it’s a special race for me,” said Carella, who won his class in 2015 alongside the Russian New Star 1 drivers Konstantin Ustinov and Dmitry and Roman Vandyshev. “I have won my class on three occasions now and am determined to try and give more success to Team Abu Dhabi.”
In an event that was devised by the Rouen Yacht Club in 1963, Class S2 competition for Team Abu Dhabi is likely to be strong, while last week’s Grand Prix of Portugal winner, Philippe Chiappe, is also sure to feature with new F1 H2O team-mate Peter Morin.
The opening round of the 2017 UIM World Endurance Championship gets underway with scrutineering of the boats on Lacroix island in the centre of the River Seine in Rouen on Friday, April 28. Drivers will then be permitted free practice on the course from 17.00hrs to 22.00hrs local time on Saturday evening (April 29).
The 24-hour race starts at 10.00hrs (noon UAE time) on Sunday (April 30) and the first section of 15 hours will run until 01.00hrs (3am UAE time). Competitors will then be permitted seven hours of rest before the final nine hours of racing starts at 07.00hrs (9am UAE time) on Monday, May 1 and finishes at 16.00hrs (6pm UAE time).
It takes two very special characters to decide to take on what is essentially the world’s toughest row, unsupported, across the Atlantic Ocean, with no prior rowing experience whatsoever.
Some would even call them crazy.
And if you spend just a little time with Omar Samra and Omar Nour you’ll swiftly realise they’re both extremely special with just the right amount of crazy.
The UAE-based Egyptian duo have announced on Wednesday that they will be attempting to row 5,000 nautical kilometres across the Atlantic, from San Sebastian de la Gomera in the Canary Islands, to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua.
Samra, an experienced adventurer, mountaineer, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, future astronaut and U.N Goodwill Ambassador, and Nour, a professional triathlete and businessman, will embark on this gruelling journey starting December 12, 2017, along with other participants in a race dubbed The Atlantic Challenge.
The COEGA Sunwear/GO Sport Mina Mile Open Water Swim Series makes its final splash of the season next week and you can still join with registration still open.
On Saturday, April 15, hundreds will flock to Barasti Beach at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort in Dubai as they take to waters across different distances.
The main event will be the one- mile (1,600 metres) swim, aimed for advanced and experienced swimmers. For those who feel that is out of reach, then the 400m and 800m categories are also on offer.
Alternatively, there are also kids races in the 200m, which is split into two categories – 8 years and under and 9 to 12s.
Participants looking to compete as a team can do exactly that with relay options available with each of the three athletes swimming 100m each.
There’s even more reason for families to compete considering they will be able to enter for a discounted fee.
“The event has evolved in to a real family affair with more and more families entering and for this year, if a family of three or more enter, we are offering them discounted entry fees off their total entry fee, so there is no excuse to get everyone in the water,” said race director, Warren van der Merwe from Super Sports Events, which is organising the swim.
“COEGA are a passionate brand when it comes to being out in the sun and in the water so we are very excited to be working with them on these races,” he added. “This swim series is now entering its 11th year on the Dubai swimming scene and will be the 20th race of this event.”
Entry costs Dh150 per adult and Dh100 per junior aged 18. All swimmers can enter as many races as they want with each participant receiving a medal, electronic chip timer and certificate. There will also be prizes for the top three finishers in each category and prizes from sponsors.
Managing director of COEGA, Maureen Hall, said: “Race One of the series saw many new faces and swim clubs so we are looking forward to seeing them all compete and having fun on the beach again.
“The number of competitors has increased every race and we will be displaying some of our COEGA products on race day for all to view with the lucky winners walking away with some of the products as prizes.”
WHAT: COEGA Sunwear / GO Sport Mina Mile Open Water Swim Series
WHERE: Barasti Beach, Dubai
WHEN: Saturday, April 15 from 06:30
CONTACT: For more information or to register ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, visit www.supersportsuae.com