Please select your home edition
Edition
Hella Marine - NZ - 728 - July

Skydive Dubai and Dubai Duty Free Grand Prix - Boycott overshadows win

by Nigel Quilter on 16 Dec 2012
UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship Dubai Grand Prix Simon Palfrader - copyright http://www.class-1.com/
At the Skydive Dubai and Dubai Duty Free Grand Prix, Arif Al Zafeen and Mohammed Al Marri cruised to a somewhat hollow victory following extraordinary scenes before the start - with three boats boycotting the race and returning to the pits.

The decision by Spirit of Qatar’s team principal Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani and Luca Formilli Fendi to boycott the race hinged on the fact that they [teams] were informed of the decision to change the course 45 minutes before the start of the race, and that Victory were late to the race pontoon because they were changing their set-up.

Despite all teams being given the opportunity by UIM Race Commissioner Gordon Sutherland to return to the pits to change set-ups, only Darren Nicholson and Peter McGrath of Victory Team Australia took up the option.

Not for the first time over the race weekend the weather was the powerful dictator, forcing race officials to shorten the course for the morning's practice and then reduce it considerably further and run a ‘storm course’ due to the extreme conditions on the outside leg.

With Subseapilot already side-lined after losing their escape hatch and damaging the boat in the morning session, and the withdrawal of both Qatar boats and LFF 10, six lined up for the revised 13 lap 42.14Nm race with officials opting for a rolling start with the boats running line stern.

The absence of yesterday’s race winner and third placed boat handed the advantage to Al Zafeen and Al Marri who disappeared into the distance from the green flag and were unchallenged throughout, and cruised to their fourth win of the year to extend their lead in the Championship standings to 30 points.

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori added to their podium haul with an untroubled second place to keep them insight of their UAE rivals in the title race.


Class 1 newcomer Darren Nicholson and Class 1 returnee Peter McGrath took full advantage of the situation to celebrate their entry into the Championship finishing in third place in Victory Team Australia, with Zabo-Isiklar and FARO ACCIAI picking up valuable points coming home in fourth and fifth spots, but there was frustration for Spirit of Gabon-Poliform who stopped on lap 1.

Emirates/Dubai Duty Free and Skydive Dubai Grand Prix, Race 2 – Results:

1. 3 Victory - A Al Zafeen (UAE) / M Al Marri (UAE) 00.28.16,28
2. 5 Team Abu Dhabi - R Al Tayer (UAE) / M Al Mansoori (UAE) + 00.08,77
3. 7 Victory Team of Australia - D Nicholson (AUS) / P Mc Grath (NZL) + 00.48,36
4. 91 Zabo Isiklar - U Isik (TUR) / C Zaborowski (NOR) + 01.28,00
5. 23 FA.RO. ACCIAI - G M Gabbiani (ITA) / L Nicolini (ITA) + 2 LAPS
6. 74 Poliform - G Cappellini (MON) / G Montavoci (ITA) dnf
96 Spirit of Qatar - H Al Thani (QAT) / S Curtis (ENG) dns
95 Spirit of Qatar - A Al Neama (QAT) / M Nicolini (ITA) dns
10 Fendi Racing - L Formilli Fendi (ITA) / G Carpitella (ITA) dns
8 Subseapilot - Y Bratland (NOR) / B Jacobsen (NOR) dns

World Championship - after race 7:

1. 3 Victory Team - 132pts 2. 5 Team Abu Dhabi - 102pts 3. 96 Spirit of Qatar - 73pts 4. 10 Fendi Racing - 50pts 5. 95 Spirit of Qatar - 45pts 6. 91 Zabo Isiklar - 40pts 7. 7 Victory Team of Australia - 19pts 8. 23 FA.RO ACCIAI - 18pts 9. 74 Spirit of Gabon - Poliform - 13pts 10. 90 Welmax - 5pts 11= 9 Welmax - 0pts 12= 8 Subseapilot - 0pts

Middle East Championship - after race 4:

1. 3 Victory Team - 67pts 2. 5 Team Abu Dhabi - 54pts 3. 96 Spirit of Qatar - 52pts 4= 7 Victory Team of Australia - 19pts 4= 10 Fendi Racing - 19pts 6. 91 Zabo Isiklar - 14pts 7. 23 FA.RO ACCIAI - 11pts 8. 95 Spirit of Qatar - 9pts 9= 74 Spirit of Gabon - Poliform - 0pts 9= 90 Welmax - 0pts 9= 8 Subseapilot - Class 1 website

GAC Pindar Superyacht ServicesBeneteau PWR Deals 660x82 1Protector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

Marine Notice - Official Nautical Charts
Marine Notice draw attention to importance of using only official nautical charts to comply with flag State requirements This Marine Notice draws attention to the importance of using only official nautical charts to comply with flag State requirements, which implement the relevant regulations of Chapter V of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), as amended.
Posted today at 4:49 am
Marine Notice - Biofouling and In-water Cleaning
The purpose of this Marine Notice is to provide general information to vessel owners on In-water Cleaning Guidelines The purpose of this Marine Notice is to provide general information to vessel owners, operators, ports and marinas on the revised 2015 Anti-fouling and In-water Cleaning Guidelines for Australia and New Zealand (the 2015 Guidelines), and the International Maritime Organization’s 2011 Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species
Posted today at 4:35 am
Wide Cleats make hardware upgrades easy
Retractable line cleats not only improve a boat's looks by eliminating bulky deck hardware, they represent a convenience Retractable line cleats not only improve a boat's looks by eliminating bulky deck hardware, they represent a convenience and safety upgrade by protecting against snagged fishing lines and stubbed toes. The 305 series Wide Line Cleats from Accon Marine are a simple upgrade to improve the appearance and appeal of a vessel.
Posted on 22 Jul
Historical displays at Sydney International Boat Show
Sydney Int'l Boat Show will showcase some of Australia’s boating history, as it celebrates its own 50th anniversary Sydney International Boat Show will showcase some of Australia’s boating history, as it celebrates its own 50th anniversary at the International Convention Centre Sydney.
Posted on 22 Jul
DAMEN to open up “New Frontiers” at the Monaco Yacht Show
On 10 July DAMEN launched its latest vessel New Frontiers – a new evolution in Dutch shipbuilder’s Yacht Support range. On 10 July DAMEN launched its latest vessel New Frontiers – a new evolution in the Dutch shipbuilder’s Yacht Support range. For the first time, the 55-metre vessel debuts dedicated Owner and guest accommodation plus a host of yachting enhancements that distinguish the YS 5009 from its predecessors.
Posted on 18 Jul
Monaco Solar and Electric Boat Challenge – Day 2
One overriding objective is to use competition to promote eco-responsible propulsion to people involved in motor-sport. Nothing can stop them: Gerhard van der Schaar’s Dutch boat Clafis Victron Energy Solar Boat Team in the Open Class and Johannes van der Steen driving NHL Solarboatteam in Challenge A, each won the Fleet Endurance Race, the speed contest, slalom and one-on-one duels in their respective categories.
Posted on 16 Jul
Sunreef launches Supreme 68 Power Cat with lots of light and space
You enter the boat from wide staircases leading up from the swim platform, and walk into the salon through glass doors. Sunreef will introduce its new, massive Supreme 68 power catamaran at the Cannes yacht show in September, the newest model in the Supreme line that runs from 48 to 88 feet. The amount of attractive, modern, bright living space on the new Sunreef Supreme 68 is simply stunning: Indeed, the company says the new cat has 3,250 square feet of living space, more than many upscale New York City apartments
Posted on 16 Jul
Monaco at the forefront of eco-responsible propulsion
First contests at fourth Monaco Solar and Electric Boat Challenge kicked-off on Friday morning for 21 teams competing. The first contests at the fourth Monaco Solar and Electric Boat Challenge, organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco in partnership with UIM (International Powerboating Federation) kicked-off on Friday morning for 21 teams competing. This unique event in the Mediterranean is an opportunity for international engineering students to showcase potential of electric and solar power for the yachting sector.
Posted on 15 Jul
Beneteau launches new models at this year's Sydney Boat Show
The new inboard power boats on display are the eye catching Gran Turismo 40 which delivers unrivalled speed On display for the first time in Australia is the New Swift Trawler 50, spacious, ideal for living on board and equipped for long distance cruising with a range of over 1200Nm at eight knots and a top speed of 24 knots, she is the ideal boat for cruising the Australian coastline.
Posted on 14 Jul
BRIG global launch attracts the world to Sydney
Neil Webster, director at Sirocco Marine said the Eagle 10 is already in high demand, with forward orders in all markets BRIG International Dealer of the Year, Sirocco Marine will host the official debut of the 10.5-metre, feature-packed RIB with a massive VIP, client, media event Friday 4 August in the new International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour.
Posted on 14 Jul