"Zurich" is the champion of the "6th edition" of the 60-foot Dalma race
The loader "Zurich" for His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and under the leadership of Nokhatha Khalifa Muhair Saeed Al Mazrouei won the title of the sixth edition of the "Historic Dalma Race for long distances for sailing bearings of the 60-foot category", which was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, representative of the ruler in the Al Dhafra region.
The winners were crowned by His Excellency Major General Staff Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman of the Festivals and Cultural and Heritage Programs Management Committee, Nasser Muhammad Al Mansouri, Undersecretary of the Court of the Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region, Aref Al Awani, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and Salem Rashid Al Rumaithi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Club. Navy.
The success partners were also honored by the sponsors and supporters of the sixth edition, who contributed to the success of the various competitions and traditional and modern events that the festival witnessed on Delma Island in the Al Dhafra region, leading to the conclusion of the historic Delma race for the 60-foot sailing bearings, in which the participating approaches were docked on the beach of the city of Al-Mughirah.
The "sixth edition" of the race, organized by the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club and the Abu Dhabi Festivals and Cultural and Heritage Programs Management Committee, with a follow-up from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, represented the largest in the history of marine heritage races at the state and region levels in terms of the number of participating bearings, sailors and the race distance with the participation of about More than 3,000 sailors and captains aboard 125 loads. In contrast, the race's total length reached more than 68 nautical miles, equivalent to 125 km.
The "Zurich" loader, who previously won the title of "the fourth edition of the Dalma Race" in May 2021, was crowned with the title of "sixth edition" in 2023 after he excelled in the final meters over his competitor, the "Hashim" loader of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, led by Noukhaza Hassan Abdullah Mohammed Al-Marzouqi, the second-place finisher.
Thirdly, the loader of "Al-Shaqi" by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, led by Al-Nokhatha Khalaf Butti Musabah Hamad Al-Marri, won "Nimran" by Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, led by Al-Nokhatha Ali Abdullah Muhammad Al-Marzouqi, who was crowned with the title of "Fourth Edition in 2021» fourth place in the current edition.
In the rest of the centers, the loader "Al-Taf" by His Excellency Mohammed Rashid Musabeh Al-Rumaithi, led by Noukhaza Youssef Ahmed Mohammed Al-Hamad Al-Hammadi, won the sixth place prize, which was won by the loader "Ghazi" led by Noukhaza Ahmed Saeed Salem Al-Rumaithi.
The prizes for the race, which totaled 30 million dirhams, were distributed as the highest value of awards in the history of marine heritage races to 120 competitors from first to 120th place.
The champion received 1.3 million dirhams, while the runner-up received one million. The third was 800 thousand dirhams, compared to 700 thousand dirhams for the fourth, and 650 thousand dirhams for the fifth, and three prize cars were allocated to the winners of the first three places in the historic race, in support of the renaissance of maritime heritage. And reflect the importance and value of national origin and ancestry.
The prizes included 120 competitors, and the owners of centers from the 31st to the 40th got 170 thousand dirhams for each boat, compared to 120 thousand dirhams for the owners of the centers from 41 to 50, compared to 100 thousand dirhams for each ship from the owners of the centers from 51 to the 80th, up to 80 thousand One dirham for each boat from 81 to 120 positions.
The sixth edition of the 60-foot Dalma Historic Race was supported by the distinguished partners of the race, represented by the Abu Dhabi Festivals and Cultural Programs Management Committee, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Abu Dhabi Ports Group, Al Dhafra Municipality, Al Masaood Motors, and the Agency—protection of vital installations and coasts.
The starting point of the race came at seven in the morning from Dalma Island, and the "starting signal" was given by Salem Rashid Al Rumaithi, General Manager of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, start the race, which was enveloped in excitement from the start, in light of Nukhatha Al-Mamel's attempts to take distinct positions at the front of the race.
The fierce competition between the sailing bearings lasted for about 7 hours and witnessed many fluctuations in terms of the exchange of positions during the stations that the paths passed through, all the way to the closing station on the Corniche beach of Al-Mughirah city in the port city, which was decorated.