As preparations come around for Abu Dhabi’s Volvo Ocean Race stopover, more than 200 volunteers are being recruited to help deliver the capital’s 23-day water sports, entertainment and cultural event.
Volunteer roles exist both on and off the water at the purpose-built Destination Village on the Corniche Breakwater, which is expected to attract 200,000 visitors between 12th December and 3rd January.
Jobs range from overseeing the village’s top attractions, serving as accreditation officers, information ambassadors, and assisting with race operations.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, speak English and/or Arabic fluently and be able to commit to at least two pre-event orientation/training sessions between 29th November and 6th December and three event days between 12th December and 3rd January.
Volunteers will undergo full pre-event training including a specialised Volvo Ocean Race mentor programme and will receive official certification of their involvement.
They will be provided with specially designed clothing from Musto, free transportation and parking, a commemorative gift, daily meals and a chance to get up close and personal with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Volvo 65 yacht, Azzam.
People can sign up by emailing [email protected] or calling the Volunteer Coordinator, Nicole Scheffer on +971501119747.
Omer Abdulla Mohammed Al Marzouqi skippered ‘Zilzal’ to victory in the first heat of the Dubai Expo 2020 Traditional 22-foot Dhow Sailing Championship, organised by the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), yesterday.
The race witnessed an exciting turn of events as the dhows sailed from the Eastern Bridge of Palm Island towards Jumeirah to do a turnaround called Khayour up to the gateway to Palm Island.
The race though was domin-ated by ‘Zilzal’, owned by Marwan Abdulla Mohammed Al Marz-ouqi and skippered by Omer, who was closely followed by ‘Dahes’, skippered by Hassan Abdullah Mohammed Al Marzouqi, in second place.
‘Lafi’, led by Majid Ahmed Khadim Al Muhairi, picked up speed after trailing for a while on the choppy course to finish in third. Then, ‘Toufan’, with Ebrahim Ismail Al Marzouqi at the helm, followed in fourth place and ‘Ghazi’, owned by His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan and skippered by Ahmed Saeed Salim Al Rumaithi, comple-ted the top five.
A total of 65 dhows lined up for the 22-foot season opener yesterday morning.
“Our team deserved this win as we have put in a lot of hard work during practice,” Omer Abdulla Mohammed Al Marzouqi said.
Ali bin Ghulaitha, DIMC CEO, added: “We had a wonderful race and it was great to see so many boats participate in the first heat. “We look forward to more participants in the subsequent heats,” he added.
The trophies were presented by Bin Ghulaitha, Saeed Al Tayer and Suhail Mohammed Al Ayali, both members on the DIMC board of directors.
Azzam skipper Ian Walker says his Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew are glad to have put the challenges of the piracy-enforced shipping sections of the race behind them and are feeling good to be sailing again after setting off on the second stage of Leg 3 from the Maldives to Sanya, China.
As the teams jostled for position on Sunday, CAMPER led their closest rival PUMA Ocean Racing, with Groupama in third, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in fourth and Team Sanya fifth. Team Telefónica trailed in sixth by 2.1 nm.
Walker, though, wasn’t too interested in the early positions at such an early stage of the leg.
“I don’t foresee a lot to write about tactically in the next few days as we troop to the east, but on board there is a lot to learn about sail trim, crossovers and modes of sailing,” Walker said.
“For now it is just nice to be racing in the company of other boats and in warm weather and flat water. We are five hours in to Leg 3b and the race is settling down,” Walker said in his latest blog report from the boat.
“There were some shifts shortly after the start which spread the fleet out but now we are almost all in a line heading East for Pulau We.”
With just two nautical miles separating first from last Abu Dhabi lay in fifth position overall just ahead of Team Telefónica who had dropped to last after sustaining damage to their code zero headsail.
“The only real excitement so far seems to have been onboard Telefónica as they looked to have blown the tack out of their code zero just as we were peeling to our G1,” commented Walker.