Let your hearts race with a sail boat tour in Dubai by dhowdinner


									   Let Your Heart Race with a Sail Boat Tour in Dubai
 Dhow racing is an extremely grueling sport that is solely dependent on skill and experience.
Traditional dhow sailing and racing have been an integral part of Dubai’s heritage for centuries.

Traditional dhow sailing and racing have been an integral part of Dubai’s heritage for
centuries. This grand sport was introduced to the waters of Dubai in 1996 for the empowerment
of local seamen and to draw attention to the kingdoms cultural link to the sea. In Dubai, dhow
racing is a familial affair for the sailors as team’s compromise of Fathers and their sons. Grand
children, cousins and other young male family members can also be found on the same team.

Initially used by pearl divers, fishermen and traders these dhow sail boats are an essential part
of Emirati culture. Traditional dhows were used to compete in the early races and although
technology today has improved, the original design of the vessel has been maintained. The
boats now used for these races are made either from wood or metal but the spar that supports
the sail is always made from aluminum or carbon fiber. Unlike the earlier days where the sails
were made from cotton, polyester cloth is now the preferred material.

Dhow racing is not for the faint of heart as these small boats are quite unsteady due to their light
weight. The modest amount of balance that is achieved is scavenged from sandbags carried
onboard and by the crew shifting their weight in an effort to maintain equilibrium. Manned by the
sheer brute force of 12 member crews, these 18 meter long dhows reach speeds of up to of 20
km per hour and are twice as fast as other sailing vessels.

The starting lines are positioned depending on the direction of the wind just before the race
commences but seasoned sailors are accustomed to the constant change in wind direction and
speed. These fickle conditions may make racing dhows a bit tricky for armatures but
experienced seamen are able use it to their advantage. Since these dhows cannot turn easily
from the wind like modern yachts, every single maneuver involves swinging the mainsail over
the other side of the mast. This requires the mainsail spar to be lowered and freed from the
mast. Simultaneously, the front end of the spar must be dipped and swung around the base of
the mast while the sliding rope collar is moved to the other side. This seeming complex series of
events is just another day in the life of dhow racers and is concluded within an astounding 5-10

Since there is no modern equipment such as GPS, speed logs, wind gauges and depth
sounders, experience and ability to read the waters for faint changes in wind direction is what
determines victory. Tourists in Dubai now have the opportunity to view this adrenalin packed
event thanks to the sail boat tours in Dubai.

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