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    Racing dhows
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    Nerys
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    Just been watching a YouTube of 'Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club Dhow race' This was interesting as it was of much smaller dhows, they all looked about 20ft, not unlike an elongated International 14ft. Dinghy. The sails were made to resemble the Dubai national flag. They had a four man crew, one steering and three standing out, suspended by trapezes , on the gunwhale. This race was different from others I have see in as much as they sailed on a broad reach out to a mark, gybed round it and came home on the opposite reach.

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    When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
    Rookysailor
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    WoW! beautiful sleek lines with a full sail, these boats are something else, link below for just a short taste๐Ÿ˜€
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUXx7HP6Irg

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUXx7HP6Irg
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    Nerys
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    Don't be misled by pictures of the ordinary traditional cargo carrying dhows. These are purpose built racing machines. They are like an extra long, narrow racing dinghy. Very shallow hull with a fixed keel. They are open boats, huge sails. Large crew mainly standing, or hanging out from the weather gunwhale in order to keep her upright individually supported by trapezes to the masthead. They give the appearance of being very fast.

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    When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
    billmcl61
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    Excellent, I'll have a nosey through them, thank you Nerys

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    I just googled YouTube Racing Dhows and several videos presented themselves. The ones in the UAE are the best.

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    Ah I would love to see that Nerys, I haven't been sailing for years, could you find the link again

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    Very interesting talk of these racing dhows, is it possible you could post a link, to the video you watched on youtube Nerys๐Ÿ˜Š


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    Nerys,
    That's interesting. I have seen these boats in photographs and thought they were unusual looking. Never would have thought they were capable of racing. Thanks for the post, I'll have to look up more about them.
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    Nerys
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    Most members know of my predilection for sail and if it's a bit unusual, all the better.

    Browsing through various boaty youtubes last night I came across some of racing dhows. Now I'm not talking about the traditional Arab trading dhows, these were full blown racing machines. Two sizes, 60ft and 43ft, they were like long narrow racing dinghies with a bit of a keel on them. Two masts on the 60footers, one on the 43. Huge lateen sails. I couldn't understand the commentary, it was in Arabic. All boats started the race moored stern on to the quay. A flag went down, racehorse style, and they were off. Sails went up. Fair breeze, so all the crew were standing on the weather gunwhale,with ropes going to the masthead to support them, to keep her upright, though a couple capsized. It seemed as if it was a straight course of several miles on a broad reach. This was I imagine to save the complexities of tacking large lateen sails The speeds were terrific and it all looked very exciting. Interesting point, I did gather that the person very much involved in every way is Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum who with his brother have a huge interest in horseracing in the UK.

    Cheers, Nerys
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