Abu Dhabi, 4/10/2014 11:00:00 AM - Over 90 sailing enthusiasts aboard 13 sailing boats have begun their journey to Sir Bani Yas Island from the Dubai Offshore Racing Club, heading towards Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, their only stop on the way to Sir Bani Yas during which sailors will rest before heading out to Sir Bani Yas for the island's inaugural Offshore Race, which will take place the following week from April 18-20.
"We're excited to be a part of Sir Bani Yas Offshore Race, which is happening for the first time. Sailing into unchartered waters is just the perfect challenge that any sailor could ask for," said David Worrall, Captain of the Shahrazad. "It is also an opportunity to test our skills against fellow experienced sailors on our way to explore Sir Bani Yas for the first time and trying out the unique activities and offerings available on the island," Worall added.
Expected to arrive at Sir Bani Yas on April 12, sailors will berth and be given the opportunity to either fly back to Dubai and prepare for the main race, which will take place on April 18, or stay at any of the island's three celebrated resorts, which are managed by Anantara, and enjoy its diverse nature-based activities, including a Nature and Wildlife Drive, nature walks, biking, horseback riding, snorkelling, kayaking and many more.
Sailing lovers and interested members of the public can track the progress of the boats - Omnia, Shahrazad, Feochan, Tazo Too, Diablo, Andorra, Tripple Dutch, Maverick, Yours Truly, Nia Ben Aur, Exodus, Lady Lucies, Bin Toak - and observe the race's drama unfold in real time through http://www.xtra-track.com/sirbaniyastour2014. Updates will also be provided through Sir Bani Yas' twitter account @sirbaniyasae and Facebook, as well as the hashtags #SirBaniYas and #SBYOffshoreRace.
The exciting racing event is organised by Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), in partnership with Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas, Rotana Jet, Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC), and Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi Stopover.