More than 100 participants are expected to flock to Dubai’s Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina and you can still join them by registering ahead of this Tuesday’s deadline.
With exciting events for both adults and juniors, there really is something for everyone. Distances include 200m (youth only), 400m and 800m, while those who want to test themselves further can compete in the one mile (1,600m) race.
If you don’t fancy competing individually, you can also compete as a team in the relays. Teams are made up of three swimmers with each member racing 100m.
With Super Sports Events eager to attract families, a discount will be given to fathers, mothers and children, who compete as a group.
“This event has evolved into 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 not to get everyone in the water,” said Warren Van Der Merwe of Super Sports Events.
“This will be an amazing morning for families and there is a distance for all abilities. Parents are even allowed to swim with their kids in the 200m which allows them to feel more secure and therefore relax a bit more and enjoy the swim.”
Maureen Hall, managing director of COÉGA, said: “This will be our third season as the title sponsor for this race series and having seen all the fun and excitement we are proud to be associated with this race series again.
“It was great to see so many youngsters and families in the water and on the beach enjoying all the action last season.”
With the series now in its 11th edition, the event, sanctioned by Dubai Sports Council, has gone from strength to strength and Van Der Merwe, expects 2016-17 to be another thrilling season.
“COÉGA are a passionate brand when it comes to being out in the sun and in the water. Last season, it was great working with them and I’m looking forward to the upcoming races,” he said.
Entry costs Dh150 for adults and Dh100 for juniors (under 18s). All participants will receive a medal, electronic chip timing, certificate and goodies from GO SPORTS and COÉGA.
Gilles Chiorri, of Yachts Consulting, arrived in Dubai on Wednesday as he and Rottee Guillaume prepared for the skippers briefing and yacht inspections prior to the launch of the Dubai to Muscat 25th Anniversary Yacht race on Thursday November 10.
Yachts Consulting are the international race managers of many high-profile sailing races, including the MOD 70, Route Du Rum, and the Figaro as well as the Transat Bakerly from Plymouth to New York. They are also five-time managers of the Sail Arabia The Tour with Oman Sail.
Joining Chiorri for the race was Rottee Guillaume, the French national coach for extreme sailing who will be acting as race officer alongside Gilles, as well as David Worrall, technical co-ordinator of the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation, and skipper Craig Turner of Bobbie, who placed third in last year’s race.
The race is a milestone for the Middle East event and challenging because of the changing winds and thermal effects from the desert blowing day and night. On the east side of Musandam the wind may change completely due to the relief of the mountains.
After Musandam, the yachts enter relatively open waters and the wind can build up much more freely. Strategically there are lots of directions to sail, whether to go deep into open waters or hug the coast.
Guillaume, in Dubai for the first time, said: “I am very happy to be here and work again with Gilles. The facilities and Dubai Offshore Sailing Club are beautiful. I am excited to meet so many new people and experience the Middle East.”
Dubai Customs, who became the principal sponsor this year after first sponsoring in 2015, will host a four-day Race Village at the Umm Suqueim 1 Fishing Harbour. The Race Village will, from November 10-13, include Try Sailing, marine safety demonstrations, a dhow, many children’s activities, food trucks and is free to enter.
The Race Village will also be the centre of activity for the children of GEMS Education who have taken part in the Sohar Education Programme. Each sponsor has taught the children elements of their own expertise.
The STRATA Community Cycle Race has come a long way since its humble beginnings back in 2009, with dozens of teams now tackling the mountain climb.
Held in Al Ain, the latest instalment will test more than 280 riders from across the globe, who will attempt to climb the UAE’s famous Jebel Hafeet, the second biggest mountain in the country.