Sail the Gulf 2014: The Movie
Published on March 12th, 2014
The 22nd edition of Sail the Gulf Regatta hosted in the beautiful city of Doha, Qatar on February 18-22 with great success having attracted sailors from around the world. Perfect racing conditions combined with the outstanding organization and hospitality of the Qatar Sailing & Rowing Federation, made this an event not to miss. The regatta had a bit of everything, from strong to light winds, always sunny and provided great memories for the participants.
Almost 200 sailors from more than 20 countries participated in the regatta across 7 different fleets. Such a depth of talent, from so many nations, provided a great opportunity for the Qatari sailors to measure themselves and their performance level against an international fleet
Racing was held over two race courses, one located very close to shore for the smaller dinghy classes, including the Optimist sailors and 4.7 Laser fleets, and the other for the more senior classes located further offshore. The race course locations were quite unique, set against the dramatic background of Doha city, with impressive skyscrapers rising out of the ground to dominate the skyline.
In the Optimist fleet, the Malaysian sailors showed their expertise dominating first and second overall, from the solid and consistent scorelines of Muhd Dhiauddin Rozaini and Naquib Eiman Sharin. A great outcome for Malaysia, with 5 of their sailors in the top 10 of the Optimist fleet overall. Third was Portugal’s Tomas Barreto. In the Laser 4.7, the series leader since day 1, Russia’s Eygney Vasilyev, easily claimed first overall. Qatar’s Saleh Telfat couldn’t catch the Russian, but did wrap up two bullets in the final day to finish in second overall, with Turkey’s Ege Eros Guven in third.
The Malaysian sailors were totally on fire, claiming wins in both the Laser Radial and Laser Standard. They dominated the two person dinghies as well, securing first, second and third places in the 420 fleet, whilst over in the 470 Olympic Class it was a first and second for Malaysia. Kazakhstan secured the Hobie 16 victory and second place – with strong performances.
All in all it, Sail the Gulf 2014 had a perfect combination of shoreside hospitality and organization and on water race management and weather conditions, and has proven itself as a Middle East success story. Doha Sailing Club, the host venue, has excellent facilities and with all equipment provided, the event is easily accessible to teams from around the world – who just have to fly in and go sailing.
Sail the Gulf wrapped up with a typically impressive and glamorous Medal and Closing Ceremony, showcasing a real flavor of Qatari hospitality. Alongside racing, the sailors have enjoyed the opportunity to discover some of the unique heritage and culture of Qatar, and you can be sure many have already committed to return for Sail the Gulf 2015. See you next year.
Press Office: ICARUS SAILING MEDIA