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GOLDCOAST

GOLDCOAST

Famous for its sun, surf and sand, the City of Gold Coast stretches along 52 kilometres of coastline. The Gold Coast is the sixth largest city in Australia, the nation’s biggest non-capital city and is located in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.

The Gold Coast enjoys a subtropical climate with an average of 300 days of sunshine annually.

The city’s natural beauty, relaxed lifestyle and ideal location make the Gold Coast one of the most unique cities in which to live and work. Beyond the stunning coastline and beaches is a vast rainforest hinterland with breathtaking scenery – all a short drive from the city’s regional centres

The city’s 12 million annual tourists are attracted by the beaches, 273km of navigable waterway, over 21,500 hectares of parkland and 32,224 hectares of natural environment.

Additionally, the climate invites open-air activities including al fresco dining with more than 500 restaurants; more than 40 resort, public and private golf courses; world-class sporting facilities; a large selection of wildlife and theme parks and an exciting event calendar of culture, sport, racing, music and fine food.

Visitors can also enjoy outstanding evening entertainment from nightclubs, restaurants, clubs, hotels and Jupiters Casino to art galleries, Broadway musicals and theatre.

GOLDCOAST

City of Gold Coast is fast becoming the sporting and events capital of Australia and looks forward to welcoming the fourth round of the UIM XCAT World Series- the greatest motorsport on water

This is a FREE to attend event and patrons will also have access to XCAT Central, featuring an Entertainment Quarter, Food Bazaar, Kids Zone and Pit Alley.

FUJAIRAH

FUJAIRAH

It may be less well-known than some of its neighbours, but the emirate of Fujairah on the UAE’s east coast has plenty to offer visitors to its shores.

Each weekend, plenty of Dubai residents head to the unspoilt beaches of Fujairah to enjoy a relaxing getaway on the Gulf of Oman.

Fujairah’s Hajar mountains are the highest on the Arabian peninsula and provide breath-taking scenery and excellent hiking opportunities for the more adventurous. Scuba diving and a full array of water sports are also a popular part of Fujairah life.

FUJAIRAH

Along with an intriguing cultural heritage (the emirate is home to Al Badiyah mosque – the oldest in the UAE, dating back to the 15th Century), Fujairah also offers a stunning corniche along the beach front which brings together locals and visitors alike.

Founded in 1999, Fujairah International Marine Club, host venue of round 1 of the UIM XCAT World Series, is the only facility of its kinds on the east coast of the UAE.

FIMC organises several international events – not only powerboating but also sailing and jet ski competitions, as well as traditional marine sports such as Shoosh and UAE Dhow and rowing races.

LUGANO

LUGANO

Lugano is a city in southern Switzerland, in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, which borders Italy.

The population of the city proper is 71,500, and the population of the urban agglomeration is over 145,000.

It is the 9th largest city of Switzerland by population, the largest city in Ticino, and the largest city with an Italian speaking majority outside Italy.

The city lies on Lake Lugano, surrounded by the mountains of the Lugano Prealps. Its warm summers and the fact that in recent years it has attracted an ever growing number of celebrities, entertainers, and successful athletes have given it the nickname of the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland”

LUGANO

The city of Lugano, the districts of Barbengo, Brè, Gandria and Biogno, and the sites of Cantine di Gandria and Castagnola are all part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites

The heritage sites of national significance include two libraries, the Biblioteca Cantonale and the Biblioteca Salita dei Frati as well as the Swiss National Recording Archives (Fonoteca nazionale svizzera). There were three churches; Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Church of Santa Maria degli Angioli and the Church of San Rocco.

Bin Hendi predicts closer season for 2017

Bin Hendi predicts closer season for 2017

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA) has predicted a much closer finish in the UIM XCAT World Series standings, starting from next season.

Ali Bin Hendi, who was recently appointed at the Dubai-based WPPA, said that the entry of the four-stroke engines from next year will usher in a new edge to XCAT powerboat racing around the world. “We have a fantastic product in the UIM XCAT World Series, and with the entry of the four-stroke engines next season, the teams will be challenged even further due to the inclusion of new dimensions within the series,” Bin Hendi said at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the fourth and final round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series that concluded at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) last Friday.

“With the introduction of the new engines, my hunch is that teams will get even closer to each other and a champion will be known only at the end of the season. And of course, as world champions there will be additional pressure on Victory Team to ensure they stay clear of all competition by doing something special,” he noted.

Bin Hendi predicts closer season for 2017

“With the new engines in place starting 2017, we are sure all teams will have an even chance to tussle for the title. And the difference will ultimately be made due to the handling of boats and skills of the drivers. We are in for a great future in this brand of powerboating,” Bin Hendi added.

The top official was grateful to the tremendous support shown by the ADIMSC led Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the Head of State and Chairman of the Board of directors of the ADIMSC and to the board of directors of Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC).

“There are so many people who love powerboat racing here, and they are forever willing to lend a helping hand to our sport. With such backing we can only dream about a much better season ahead,” Bin Hendi said.

Meanwhile, the WPPA has already commenced discussions with various venues predominantly in Europe to firm up the calendar for 2017. “We are looking at a few venues seriously and all teams will be updated on the new calendar when everything is finalized, and when the time is right,” Bin Hendi related.

“People will not have to wait for long for the announcement of the new calendar,” he insisted.

ABUDHABI

ABUDHABI

Abu Dhabi is certainly no stranger to sports fans. Throughout the year, the capital of the United Arab Emirates welcomes the world to an incredible assortment of international sporting events.

From tennis, to Formula One to the Volvo Ocean Race – Abu Dhabi has it all.

But of course it’s not all about sport as Abu Dhabi also has plenty of other amazing encounters and activities on offer.

To experience the local culture, a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must. This spectacular structure is the largest mosque in the UAE, able to accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers.

ABUDHABI

Incredible architecture, beautiful beaches, magnificent dunes and ancient forts also provide visitors with a fascinating offering while for the adrenaline junkies, there’s always the world’s fastest roller-coaster. That’s the Formula Rossa at the exhilarating Ferrari World amusement park on Yas Island, which hurtles round the track at a nail-biting 240km per hour.

Come November, also speeding up a storm will be the boats from around the world that will take to the water for the final round of the UIM XCAT World Series – a thrilling three days of action after which the world champions will ultimately be crowned.

Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi cherish one more world title

Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi cherish one more world title

The UAE’s Arif Saif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi were looking confidently towards the new season after clinching yet another world crown at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – the fourth and final round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series, held in Abu Dhabi on Friday [November 18].

Testing their brand-new Generation 2 boat that has been newly-built at their team base in Jebel Ali, Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi had to sit out through most of the final round after they flipped on the very second lap of the race. But all the hard work done during the first three rounds of the championships paid off as the Victory Team duo had already amassed 129 points to secure yet another world crown to their collection.

Salem Al Adidi and Eisa Al Ali made it a Dubai double as Dubai 33 won the fourth round over the weekend. That win took Al Adidi and Al Ali to 106 points and second place overall behind their stable-mates.

The Abu Dhabi 5 boat with Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori completed the podium in the overall standings with a second place in their home race to take their tally up to 98 points.

“The Abu Dhabi round has been one of our most disappointing races so far,” Al Zafeen said. “We wish we had the new boat performing for us throughout the week as we wanted to see how we could get a head-start for next season. But the turn at the first buoy may have been a bit too sharp and that led up flipping out of the race,” he rued.

Till that disastrous second lap on the breakwaters of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), Victory Team had kept up its chase of leaders Dubai 33, while Abu Dhabi 5 lagged behind in a close third. “There is very little we can do to change anything now. The advantage is still with us and we hope to build up on this success for the new season,” Al Zaffain added.

Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi cherish one more world title

Among the group of four chasing the runners-up spot, Mikael Bengsston and Erik Stark in their Swecat Racing boat, ended in seventh place to sign off in fourth overall for the 2016 season. And the Gold Coast Australia pairing of Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton took fifth overall after limping out towards the end of the race.

Overall Standings at the end of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series that concluded with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday, November 18:

  • 1. Victory Team (3) – Arif Saif Al Zaffain (UAE)/Nadir Bin Hendi (UAE) – 137 points
  • 2. Dubai (33) – Salem Al Adidi (UAE)/Eisa Al Ali (UAE) – 106 points
  • 3. Team Abu Dhabi (5) – Majed Al Mansoori (UAE)/Rashed Al Tayer (UAE) – 98 points
  • 4. Swecat Racing (2) – Mikael Bengtsson (SWE)/Erik Stark (SWE) – 83 points
  • 5. Gold Coast. Australia (11) – Tom Barry-Cotter (AUS)/Ross Willaton (AUS) – 82 points
  • 6. T-Bone Station (10) – Giovanni Carpitella (ITA)/Ahmed Al Hameli (UAE) – 77 points
  • 7. Carpisa Yamamay (22) – Alfredo Amato (ITA)/Diego Testa (ITA) – 51 points
  • 8. The Blue Roo (8) – Brett Luhrmann (AUS)/Pal-Virik Nilsen (NOR) – 51 points
  • 9. Lady Spain (46) – Joakim Kumlin (SWE)/Jay Price (USA) – 40 points
  • 10. Yacht (96) – Saul Bubacco (ITA)/Francois Pinelli (FRA) – 39 points
  • 11. Fujairah Team (20) – Serafino Barlesi (ITA)/Alessandro Barone (ITA) – 32 points
  • 12. Six (6) – Matteo Nicolini (ITA)/Alfredo Nuzzo (ITA) – 25 points
  • 13. Raheeb (17) – Abdullatif Al Omani (KWT)/Khaled Burabee (KWT) – 19 points
  • 14. Team Abu Dhabi (4) – Majed Saeed Al Mansoori (UAE)/Rashed Mubarak Al Qamzi (UAE) – 8 points

Dubai 33 spring one final surprise to win Abu Dhabi GP

Dubai 33 spring one final surprise to win Abu Dhabi GP

Salem Al Adidi and Eisa Al Ali led from Pole Position to win an exciting fourth and final round and along with it the second spot in the overall standings of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) breakwater on Friday.

Red-flagged after defending world champions Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi flipped on the very second lap of the race, Dubai 33 fought grimly to hold off the home team duo of Rashed Al Tayer and Salem Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 5 and secure the second spot behind Victory Team in the overall standings for the season.

Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the Head of State and Chairman of the Board of directors of the ADIMSC, presented the various winners with trophies in the presence of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, President of ADIMSC, Mohammed Al Mutaiwee from Victory Team, Mohammed Hareb from DIMC, and other top officials.

Despite running with a two-stroke engine, the T-Bone Station duo of Giovanni Carpitella and Ahmed Al Hameli came in a pleasing third place, just one second clear of Sweden’s Joakim Kumlin and former F1 champion Jay Price from the USA in Lady Spain.

The French-Italian pairing of Francois Pinelli and Saul Bubacco in Yacht followed in fifth, while sixth spot went to the Blue Roo duo of Brett Luhrmann of Australia and Pal-Virik Nilsen of Norway.

Dubai 33 spring one final surprise to win Abu Dhabi GP

Swecat Racing, one of the four boats who were in with a chance of finishing runners-up behind Victory Team for the season had to stay content with seventh, while Kuwait’s Abdul Latif Al Omani and Khaled Burabee in Raheeb had to stay content with eighth spot leaving ninth place for Russian debutants, Mikhail Kitashev and Dmitry Vandyshev in their brand-new Victory Team-built New Star boat.

It was a disappointing end for Carpisa Yamamay as Alfredo Amato and Diego Testa were unable to start the race following mechanical issues with their boat. Scheduled to start in third place on the grid, the Italians had continued with their impressionable weekend while clocking the best time of 2:18.006 during the final official practice session on Friday morning. But plagued by mechanical issues, Carpisa Yamamay had to head back to the wet pits even before the green flag.

Four teams – Swecat Racing, Gold Coast Australia, Abu Dhabi 5 and Dubai 33 – had been in the reckoning for second overall going into the final round of the 2016 season.

However, Gold Coast Australia started experiencing problems with the steering, and despite some additional minutes when the red flag was out when defending world champions Victory Team flipped on the second lap, the Australia duo of Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton could not catch up and stay in contention to challenge Dubai 33 and Abu Dhabi 5 till the end.

XCAT gears up for sizzling 2016 season

XCAT gears up for sizzling 2016 season

28 January 2016, Dubai – Fresh, new venues and exciting locations are on the cards for this year’s UIM XCAT World Powerboat Series with the 2016 calendar announced today.

The stunning glacial Lake Lugano will play host to one of the seven rounds in the season ahead while XCAT action will also visit two Asian venues in the coming year.

The XCAT World Series truly is a spectacle of speed, with teams of two taking each other on in two-engined carbon-fibre boats that tear around the course at speeds close to 200km per hour.

Last year saw XCAT racing visiting both Portugal and Australia for the first time, with the Gold Coast event in August attracting a record number of television viewers in over 750 million households.

Hot on the heels of last year’s success, the 2016 XCAT season will kick off in the Gulf of Oman in the UAE city of Fujairah from 7-8 April before heading cross-country to Dubai for Round 2 the following weekend, from 15-16 April.

The festival of speed then heads to the breathtaking background of Switzerland for Round 3 in Lugano from 4-5 June before heading to Asia in September and October.

XCAT gears up for sizzling 2016 season

Details of the Asian venues will be announced at a later date but the races are scheduled for 24-25 September and 8-9 October.

The UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, will then welcome back to competing teams as they tackle the penultimate round of the Series from 17-18 November with the grand finale scheduled for Dubai from 2-3 December.

“It is with great excitement and anticipation that we are announcing the XCAT calendar for 2016. What a fabulous year we have to look forward to,” said HE Dr Saif Al Ketbi, President of the WPPA – organisers and promoters of the Series.

“With several new host cities – and countries – to visit it promises to be a truly extraordinary season. We look forward to welcoming all XCAT fans to enjoy the racing at these venues or to catch every minute of the amazing action live on TV as millions across the world are caught up in the excitement,” added Al Ketbi.

2016 XCAT Calendar

Round 1: 7-8 April – Fujairah, UAE

Round 2: 15-16 April – Dubai, UAE

Round 3: 4-5 June – Lugano, Switzerland

Round 4: 24-25 September – Asia (venue to be announced)

Round 5: 8-9 October – Asia (venue to be announced)

Round 6: 17-18 November – Abu Dhabi, UAE

Final round: 2-3 December – Dubai, UAE

Fazza set best time in practice session

Fazza set best time in practice session

Third heat of X-Cat World Series to be held at ADIMSC today.

Mohammed Al Marri and Arif Saif Al Zaffain led Fazza to a blistering run to with the fastest time at the end of official practice before the third heat of the 2012 UIM X-CAT World Series scheduled to be held at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) on Thursday.

The pair of Al Marri and Al Zaffain was timed at 3 minutes, 11.47 seconds, with a healthy lead of more than six seconds from the Swiss-American pairing of Omar Danial and Gary Ballough in their boat Mouawed in a time of 3:17.12.

The Spirit of Abu Dhabi boat with Rashid Suhail Al Tayer as driver and Ahmad Mohammad Hassan as the throttleman came in third best with a time of 3:20.74 followed by the Abu Dhabi Racing Team of American driver Scott Gillman and Ahmad Ali Al Hameli in fourth place in a time of 3:21.95.

The Sky Dive Dubai team of Eisa Al Ali and Juma Mattar Al Mazroui, who did not start the first round held in January last month, clocked the fifth best time of 3:23.31 followed by Extreme Marine and Raheeb from Kuwait.

Fazza set best time in practice session

Today’s Pole Position run will be held from 10 am till 11.30 am, while the race will start at 3 pm followed immediately by the prize presentation.

The third heat of the X-Cat Series that was to be held at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) last weekend had to be postponed for April 6-7 due to rough weather.
“The teams are enjoying the full facilities at the ADIMSC that were set up for last year’s Volvo Ocean Sailing. Everyone is being looked after well and that is bound the set the stage for some exciting racing on Thursday,” said Sid Ben saleh from the race organizers.

After the first two rounds of racing held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in January, the Qatar Team of Mohammed Al Nasser and Hamad Jassim Mohammed is at the top of the overall standings with 600 points, followed by the Swiss-American duo of Omar Danial and Gary Ballough in their boat Mouawed with 450 points.
The UAE’s Extreme Marine pairing of Rashid Khalifa Al Marri and Salim Fadhel Al Hamli is in third overall with 422 points, while Fazza’s Mohammed Al Marri and Arif Al Zaffain – the winners of the opening round in Dubai – are in fourth overall with 417 points and Spirit of Abu Dhabi in fifth position with 191 points.

The fourth and penultimate round of the championship will now be held at the DIMC on April 6-7 followed by the final round at the Fujairah International Marine Club on April 12-13.