Derry-Londonderry-Doire, Clipper Ventures, Skippered by Sean McCarter,
Illusion, Kim Jaggar and Travis Read, skippered by Travis Read, NSW
by Mati Sepp, topped the first round winning all his 10 races.
Since we published the article, Offshore Yachting has been advised that Hobart sailor Greg Prescott was 18 when he skippered
his father's 10-metre sloop, Hotspur, in the 1980 Sydney Hobart.
One-time winner aACAyMukhdaram', owned by Sultan Saeed Hareb and skippered
by Ahmad Obaid Saif Al Suwaidi, came in fourth, while aACAyToufan', another former champion skippered
by Ahmad Saeed Salim Al Rumaithi, was placed fifth.
Taking the runner-up spot was Tatweer Petroleum skippered
by Olaf Schoenicke, while Robeco skippered
by Berk Gurhan finished third.
They were closely followed by Dubai, skippered
by Fahd Ebrahim Al Mar'ei, and Al Qasimi, skippered
by Othman Al Mansouri, in second and third places respectively in round one.
The team is skippered
by Bertrand Pace and Vincent Portugal.
Racing in unpredictable weather conditions, Ras Al Khaimah did well to finish clear of the Khalifa Mussabah Al Raisi-skippered
Al Shelaila and Wadi Al Siji-1, skippered
by Salim Obaid Ahmad Al Zahmi.
The Bahraini contingent will be skippered
by national team coach Kacem Ben Jemia.
It was a result provided on a platter for the Rashid Mohammad Khadim Al Muhairi-owned dhow after race winner Atlas -- owned by Faraj Bin Butti Al Muhairbi and skippered
by Ahmad Rashid Al Suwaidi -- was penalised five places for a start-line infringement.
Dubai 1 Wadi Al Siji, skippered
by Ebrahim Ali Mohammad, triumphed despite strong winds.