PAKISTAN WINS SAIL THE GULF 201509 Feb 2015
Four days of racing and leaderboard shuffles in the small 470 fleet, but eventually Pakistan's Cdr Muhammad Akram Tariq/Khalid Hussain came out on top, after a run of four back to back race wins in the final four races.
Going into the final day the leaderboard was too close to call. With six races down it was a tiebreak at the top again. India’s Praveen Prabhakar/Vishnu Sujeesh on an equal 10 points with Duarte Monteiro/Adeel Khan. Sitting just 1 point behind were Pakistan’s Muhammad Akram Tariq/ Khalid Hussain.
A steady 13 knot breeze from the southwest powered the fleet as they prepared for the final 3 races on Saturday 7 February. As the breeze dropped, success would reward those who could hunt out the puffs and pressure. Three race wins to Pakistan’s Muhammad Akram Tariq/Khalid Hussain made it an easy overall victory, in a show of perfect form when the pressure is on. Gold to Pakistan, India’s Praveen Prabhakar/Vishnu Sujeesh in second, with Duarte Monteiro/Adeel Khan in third.
Nine races over four days completed the series at Sail the Gulf 2015, held at Katara Beach from 3-7 February 2015 and hosted by the Qatar Sailing & Rowing Federation.