The Higher Organizing Committee of the 32nd Al Gaffal Race for local 60-foot sailing ships has approved next Tuesday as the date for the event. The big race is organized by the Dubai International Marine Club, which celebrates the coral jubilee and the 35th anniversary of the founding of the club (1988-2023). The upcoming race will start from Sir Bu Nair Island, deep in the waters of the Arabian Gulf, towards the finish line of the first stage off the island of the Moon, and from there towards the finish line in front of the great cultural landmark, the Burj Al Arab Hotel, where the participating ships are expected to sail about 53 nautical miles.
Mohammed Abdullah Al-Falahi, Executive Director of the Dubai International Marine Sports Club and a member of the Higher Organizing Committee, said in a press statement: “The Higher Organizing Committee chose Tuesday as the date for the race, and if the race cannot be held due to weather and sea conditions, it will be postponed for one day to be held next Wednesday, according to the data.” .
The upcoming event is witnessing the participation of 125 ships that completed the registration procedures with the closing of the registration door last Tuesday, as the number of participants in the current edition, which bears the number 32, is the second largest number after the 29th edition in 2019, which witnessed the registration of the record in the number of participants, which reached 131.
It is worth noting that the Al Gaffal races, since the establishment of the event in 1991 until the 31st edition last year 2022, witnessed the coronation of 19 champions who won titles and secured first places in the past editions, as they wrote their names in golden letters.
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