sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Kingdom Match Race - Russia 'A' and Estonia set to clash
Kingdom Match Race - Russia 'A' and Estonia set to clash

'Action from yesterday’s races - 2012 Kingdom Match Race'    Rami Ayoob    Click Here to view large photo

In the 2012 Kingdom Match Race, Russia 'A' and Estonia will clash today in the final of the event, being held at the Bahrain Sailing Club near Al Jazayer Beach in Zallaq.

Competing in J24 boats, Russia 'B' defeated host nation Bahrain 'A', while Estonia edged defending champions Russia 'A', setting up a mouth-watering title decider.

Today's final will take place at 9am in a best-of-three race format, to be followed by the prize-distribution ceremony and the closing of the championship from 3pm onwards at the club premises.

An artist impression of the association’s new facility - 2012 Kingdom Match Race -  Rami Ayoob  

Skippered by rising sailing hopeful Ebrahim Abdulla, who is seeded in the top 200 sailors in the world ranking, Bahrain 'A' headed into their semi-final race against the Russians hoping to extend their impressive show in the early stages. But Abdulla's crew, who picked up seven wins from their 10 races, faced a much stronger and experienced team and watched their dreams of winning this competition for the first time go up smoke.

Led by the world's 26th ranked sailor Sergey Musikhin, Russia 'B' lived up to many expectations as they stretched their top form performance to book a deserving place in the final.

Late on, Estonia made it past Russia 'A' in one of the competition's most exciting races to set up their final showdown against another Russian team.

Action from yesterday’s races - 2012 Kingdom Match Race -  Rami Ayoob   Click Here to view large photo

Former Bahrain event winner and world's 24th ranked sailor Mati Sepp, who holds the highest ranking in the championship, skippered his Estonian crew to a hard-fought victory against an experienced Russian skipper Andrea Arbozov and his crew.

In the third-place race, Russia 'A' proved too strong for Bahrain 'A' to round off the podium.

Despite failing to make it into the top three, the Bahrain team members were all smiles for their improved performance and honourable finish.

Meanwhile, organising committee chairman and Bahrain Maritime Sports Association (BMSA) president Shaikh Khalifa bin Abdulla Al Khalifa expressed pride for the major development that the club had in the past years.

Shaikh Khalifa recalled some great moments in 1990 when he returned from the first World Match Racing event in Greece, where Bahrain made debut thanks to the Late Amir Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who had donated two J24 boats to the association.

Shaikh Khalifa - 2012 Kingdom Match Race -  Rami Ayoob   Click Here to view large photo
'This was only the start of our dream, and with endless efforts from every member of the association board over the past 20 years, Bahrain can now be proud of what have been accomplished,' said Shaikh Khalifa.

'Our fleet here is currently considered the best and largest in the region, as preparing it requires considerable efforts and many years, which have resulted in the end in having 12 J24 boats'.

Shaikh Khalifa pointed out that the process of establishing this fleet was well supported by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, who also gave away two similar boats.

The BMSA president noted that the association has also purchased some used boats from the US, in addition to two more before hosting the World Military Championship organised at the club last year.

Speaking of the idea of hosting the Bahrain Match Racing Event, Shaikh Khalifa said: 'This championship has a packed history since it was found 11 years ago, which always coincided with our National Day celebrations and His Majesty King Hamad's accession'.

'The hard-working efforts from the past board members of the association had a key role in the development of this tournament, which was recently upgraded to a Grade Two event during the last international federation meeting,' he said.

Things became brighter for Bahrain sailing as more attention has been given to the kingdom's rising sailors who were involved in training programmes that aimed to help them reach professional standards.

Action from yesterday’s races - 2012 Kingdom Match Race -  Rami Ayoob   Click Here to view large photo

As for the future, Shaikh Khalifa noted that their main focus now is on hosting the Continental Qualifications for the Olympics, which is now in their highest priorities.

'We have been planning this for a while now, and with the completion of our new sports facility that will have administrative offices and bigger apartments for the visiting teams, Bahrain will become 100 per cent capable of organising such events in the near future,' said a hopeful Shaikh Khalifa.

Shaikh Khalifa congratulated the Bahrain government on the Bahrain team's achievement and extended his gratitude and appreciation to Bahrain Olympic Committee, especially its president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, chief executive Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and general secretary Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who spare no efforts to offer all means of success to this international gathering.

A group of sailors at the club - 2012 Kingdom Match Race -  Rami Ayoob   Click Here to view large photo


by Rami Ayoob

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=104753

6:01 PM Sun 16 Dec 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World































































Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall by International Windsurfing Association,




ISAF Youth Worlds - Laser Radial sailors look to join list of legends
Coville soon to chase solo circumnavigation record in giant trimaran
Fierce competition at the Meanline Fins Slalom Challenge
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel opt for experienced winner
Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature
Crew rescued by navy patrol from J/111 racer after Mayday in storm
Team Alvimedica practice in Newport, RI - Photos
18 foot skiff European Championship (Open Europeans) - Final results
Nacra 17 European Championships - No action on day 1
ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 sailors prepare for battle + Video
Volvo Ocean Race: Eight new crew members named by teams
Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket Island is ready to host
PWA Awaza World Cup - Cyril Moussilmani and Delphine Cousin on top
Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2
America's Cup: Luna Rossa foiling in AC45s at their Italian base
Star World Championship - Germans claim dramatic win in Malcesine
PWA Awaza World Cup - Down to the wire in Turkmenistan
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre - Off to France!
Nacra 17 Europeans - La Grande Motte back in Olympic classes arena
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Hansen hat trick in Marstrand + Video   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Race keeps an eye on Arthur   
World Match Racing Tour: See the Finals replay at the Stena Match Cup   
Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - First blood to Hansen over Canfield + Video   
Star World Championship - Americans claim race win in Malcesine   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Weather halts action on day 4   
Clipper Race - Henri Lloyd wins OneDLL Cup into Den Helder   
Clipper Race - Close match racing in closing stages of the OneDLL Cup   
Volvo Ocean Race: Spanish play catch-up with under 100 days to go   
World Match Racing Tour: Catch the live action at the Stena Match Cup   
Finn Junior Worlds - Battle for the Jorge Bruder Silver Cup   
Mobiles drive traffic - 72% increase in Sail-World.com page view *Feature   
British Open Dragon Championship finale at Royal Lymington preview   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket is ready to host   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Valerie Ghibaudo hits back on day 3   
Star World Championship - Hard fought win on day 4 + Video   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Action-packed match racing + Video   
Oceans of Hope yacht arrives in Portsmouth   
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Registration details   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT