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Optimist class winners with officials on the stage
Al Bareh International Regatta

24 Jun 2014
Manama, Bahrain: Bahrain’s Abdulla Janahi took the Laser Standard Class title in the 21st Al Bareh International Regatta, which concluded yesterday (Monday, June 23) at the Bahrain Sailing Club near Al Jazayer Beach. The curtain fell down on this five-day annual challenge after some exciting races in all the featured four categories – Laser Standard, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7 and Optimist.

The 21st edition of the championship, organized by the Bahrain Maritime Sports Association (BMSA), featured sailors from Egypt, France, Tunisia, Morocco, India, Pakistan, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE, Oman and Bahrain.

The big battle was in the Laser Standard Class, in which Janahi overcame the challenge from his Qatari opponent Walid Al Shershani to bag the competition’s gold medal.

Janahi, who headed into the third and last day of races hoping to regain his lead which he lost on the second day, showed some exceptional sailing skills to finish first in two of his concluding races to top the standing with 12 points. Al Shershani dropped to second with 14 points, followed by Bahrain’s other sailing star Abderrahim Abdulla (19 points), Mohammed Tanveer (26) of Pakistan and Bahraini Ebrahim Abdulla (33) who took places from third to fifth, respectively.

The day’s other highlights was Egypt coming from behind to win the title in the Laser Radial class, while sailors from Qatar and France lived up to many expectations as they emerged on top in the Laser 4.7 and Optimist, respectively.

In the Laser Radial, Adam Al Shaeb made amends of his stumble on the second day by winning in all his three races on the final day to complete the class in first position with 15 points. He finished just a point ahead of Qatari entrant Faris Al Baker, who settled for runner up spot, while Qatar’s other participant Mohmmed Al Mohannadi (21) rounded off the podium by coming third and edging fourth place Bahraini Daoud Abdulla by a single point.

Excitement continued in the Laser 4.7 as Qatari Ali Al Muftah extended his superior form on the third day of racing where his results were 1-3-1 to secure the title with 11 points. He finished the class ahead of his main opponent Yahya Hisham of Egypt by five points, while Egyptian lady sailor Kholoud Mansi stole the competition’s third position and with it a podium finish.

In the Optimist class, which is open for young sailors, the French were again in commanding form as they easily sealed victory by a significant margin.

Young lady sailor Solenza Mariani was unstoppable on the concluding day where he stretched his authority to by coming 1-2-1 in the last three races finish the competition in first place with nine points.

He was nine point ahead of Raphael Bonnet (18) and Alice Chiappori (23), also of France, who settled for second and third places, respectively. France also dominated the next three places, which were occupied by Siloe Bouchet (29), Theo Sabertin (54) and Arthur Perez (56).

Races were followed by the prize-distribution ceremony, at which organisnig committee chairman and BMSA president Shaikh Khalifa bin Abdulla Al Khalifa honoured the winners with their respective trophies and awards.
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