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Zilzal wins Al Gaffal Dhow race
May 15, 2017
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DUBAI: Zilzal, owned by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and skippered by Marwan Abdullah Mohammad Al Marzouqi emerged as the winner of the 27th Al Gaffal traditional Dhow sailing race on Sunday.

Muzahim, skippered by Atiq Mohammad Sabir Al Mazroui, finished second while Lizaz, skippered by Khalifa Muhair Al Mazourie, took third spot.

Bin Ghazi, skippered by Khalifa Ali Maizer Al Rumaithi and owned by Ahmad Saeed Salem Al Rumaithi, clinched the fourth place.

Emaar, also owned by Shaikh Hamdan, and skippered by Salim Ali Abdullah Al Adeedi, finished in the fifth spot.

Earlier, more than 120 traditional dhows retraced a centuries-old pearl diving route off the coast of the UAE.

The “Al-Gaffal” race, Arabic for “The Return”, traces the path pearl-divers would take on their return home from a day at sea.

The wooden dhows with billowing white sails made the 51.3 nautical mile (95-kilometre) journey from the island of Sir Bu Nayer to the Dubai coast.

The winner, the dhow “Zilzal,” or “Earthquake,” was awarded Dhs10 million.

Adverse wind conditions had forced the return leg of the race to be deferred by a day from Saturday. The tradition of dhows dates back to pearl diving in the Gulf, a major industry for coastal communities until the mid-20th century, when manufactured pearls made their way into international markets.

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