ADIMSC gears up for frenetic month of powerboat racing

Salem Al-Romeithi
Updated 09 November 2016
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ADIMSC gears up for frenetic month of powerboat racing

ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) is gearing up for one of the busiest and most important months of thrilling offshore and F1 H2O racing action in its history.
The ADIMSC will host three vital Grand Prix race meetings in three different UIM-sanctioned racing championships in the space of four frenetic weeks, starting with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series, on Nov. 17-18.
There will be no respite, after some of the world’s finest offshore racers have battled it out for supremacy off the Abu Dhabi Breakwater and Corniche, as the club will then switch its attentions to hosting the four-day UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, one of the sport’s most prestigious racing series’, from November 22-25.
The thrilling spectacle of offshore powerboat racing will then be replaced in the spotlight with what promises to be a thrilling conclusion to the 2016 UIM F1 H2O World Championship, with the ADIMSC hosting the penultimate round of the series on an in-shore course, near the Abu Dhabi Breakwater, on Dec. 8-9.
The host venue will form an integral part of the racing as well as club personnel organizing the three UIM–sanctioned events. Team Abu Dhabi will be hoping to defend the Class 1 world title it won last season and spring back into contention to win the UIM F1 H2O Drivers’ Championship for the fifth time and the first time since 2006. A team driver is also in contention to win the UIM F4-S Championship for the first time on the two shorter support races that run during the December 8-9 race meeting.
Team Abu Dhabi is supported by Etihad Airways as the official carrier and sponsor and runs under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, adviser to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). The racing team runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC, racing manager Guido Cappellini and Salem Al-Romeithi.
“This is a crucial period in the 2016 UIM racing calendar with two championships nearing their conclusion and the ADIMSC also hosting the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship,” said Salem Al-Romaithi, assistant general manager of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC).
“Bringing these three events together to the high standard that we want to achieve is a complete team effort for everyone connected with the club and we are all relishing the prospect of witnessing spectacular racing in three different sporting disciplines on our home waters close to the ADIMSC.
“It all starts with the final round of the XCAT series and then we host the Class 1 racing virtually straight afterwards. Then, we have just less than two weeks to prepare for the arrival of everyone from H2O Racing and all the competitors taking part in the F1 and F4-S Championships. These are exciting times for everyone connected with the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club and I am sure local enthusiasts and spectators will turn out in great numbers to support and enjoy the racing.”

Schedule of events:
Nov. 17-18 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, final round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series
Nov. 22-25 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, 2016 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship
Dec. 8-9 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, penultimate round of the 2016 UIM H2O World Championship


Maria Sharapova looks back to her best as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal show no signs of slowing down

Updated 18 January 2019
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Maria Sharapova looks back to her best as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal show no signs of slowing down

  • Sharapova dumps out defending champion Caroline Wozniacki.
  • Rafa and Roger brush aside young guns in straight sets victories.

LONDON: It is coming up to the end of the first week of the Australian Open, so we thought we would take a look and see how some of the big names fared on day five of the year’s first Grand Slam.

MARIA SHARAPOVA

Maria Sharapova warned she is in the sort of form to win the Australian Open after she dumped Carolina Wozniacki out with an impressive 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win. It was the Russian’s best win since her return from a drugs ban and she looked like a winner-in-waiting.
“I thought the level was quite high. I knew I’d get a tough match — she (Wozniacki) is the defending champion,” the five-time Slam champion said.
“I haven’t played many matches in the last year against top players so it was really rewarding to win that last set. These are the kinds of matches I train for.”



ROGER FEDERER

Ageless Roger Federer marked his 100th Rod Laver Arena match Friday by storming past Taylor Fritz, then looked forward to a “high quality” last-16 clash against another young gun, Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion continued his quest for a record seventh Australian Open title with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 third-round demolition of 21-year-old American Fritz in just 88 minutes of flawless tennis.
Next up is 14th seed Tsitsipas. And the 37-year-old Federer is looking forward to taking on the fiery young Greek, who is 17 years his junior.
Federer played him in the recent mixed teams Hopman Cup, winning a closely contested singles 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4), and said he was impressed.
“I think he played really well there. I actually did too. I thought it was really high quality tennis,” Federer said.
“This is obviously a different type of match, it being best of five, it being a fourth round of a Slam.”



RAFAEL NADAL

Rafael Nadal declared “everything is a step forward” after brutally brushing aside Alex de Minaur at the Australian Open Friday in just the Spaniard’s third match since the US Open.
The world No. 2 was in ominous form as he continued his quest for an 18th Grand Slam by punishing the Australian teenager in a third-round tennis masterclass 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
“In general terms, everything is a step forward. So that’s positive news for me,” said the man who won the Aussie Open in 2009.
“I’m very happy for the victory against someone who had won seven matches in a row, winning a tournament.”
On his fitness Nadal added: “Probably 10 years ago it would have been difficult not playing much tennis in the build-up but now I have been in this situation many times with the injuries I have had.
“I have to deal with the ups and downs of my body but I try to enjoy any moment on the court.”



MARIN CILIC

The former US Open champions was made to work for his place in the last 16 as he struggled to beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3. Verdasco showed glimpses of the form that once made him a top-10 player and had a match point, one he frittered away with a double fault.
I was just slightly luckier in those crucial moments,” the sixth-seeded Cilic said.
“(It is) unbelievable. Emotions were up and down,” Cilic said.
“When I was down two sets to none, it was a big hill to climb.”
It’s the seventh time in Cilic’s career that he has emerged to win a match after dropping the opening two sets.



ANGELIQUE KERBER

Second seed Kerber received a gift ride into the Australian Open fourth round for her 31st birthday when she overpowered local wildcard Kimberly Birrell 6-1, 6-0.
The Wimbledon champion swept world No. 240 Birrell aside in just 58 minutes to set up a last-16 clash with unseeded American Danielle Collins.
Kerber, a winner at Melbourne Park in 2016, said she was used to celebrating her birthday on the road at the season-opening Grand Slam.
“I think it’s the 12th time in a row,” she said. “I’m getting older but I have the best time here and I’ll never forget my birthdays here in Australia.”
Kerber reached the semifinals last year but lost to Simona Halep in a tight three-setter.