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Karien Jonckheere

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Karien is a South African freelance sports journalist and communications / PR consultant.

She has worked as one of three chief writers on the official 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic daily programmes and magazines.

Prime international watersports events headed for Fujairah

Thousands will flock to the emirate of Fujairah to witness the best of the best in the water sports arena. That’s the goal of Rooster Tail – the sports and entertainment company that signed a ground-breaking partnership with the Fujairah International Marine Club at the Novotel hotel in Fujairah today. The three-year agreement will see Rooster Tail Sports and Entertainment tasked with promoting Fujairah as the go-to destination for international water sports. This will involve bringing high-profile international events to the east coast city of the United Arab Emirates, including sports such as sailing, rowing, surfski, kite surfing and powerboating. Also part of the deal is the development and promotion of corporate sailing events as well as the support to grow further the Youth Training Centre at the Fujairah International Marine Club (FIMC) which was launched in October 2016. This…

XCAT drivers eager for fast, flat racing on Lake Lugano

With just under three weeks to go to the third round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Powerboating Series, teams are gearing up for some spectacular action in Lugano, Switzerland. This will be the first ever XCAT outing to the stunning Swiss city, and with several roughwater races contested recently, the 14 international teams are hoping for some flat water when racing gets underway on Lago di Lugano from June 4-5. “It’s a different setting so it’s going to be a totally different set-up. Hopefully we can repeat what we achieved in Fujairah and Dubai,” said Victory Team driver Nadir bin Hendi, who together with Arif Al Zaffain, claimed the two opening race wins of the season last month. Swecat’s Mikael Bengtsson, who with Erik Stark, is in second place overall in the fledgling Series standings is also looking forward…

Victory Team XCAT clean sweep

Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi put the finishing touches to a perfect weekend’s racing with victory in the Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run in Dubai on Saturday. Competing in the second round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Powerboating Series, the Victory Team duo had already claimed top honours in the race for Emaar Pole Position and then also in the Dubai GP on Friday. So the Speed Cat Run victory completed their clean sweep of the weekend’s events and saw them extending their lead at the top of the overall Series standings after victory at the Fujairah GP last weekend as well. Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi now have a 31-point lead over the Swecat Racing team of Erik Stark and Mikael Bengtsson who are second while the Dubai 33 pair of Salem Al Adidi and…

Double Dubai delight for Victory XCAT Team

Another week, another win for the Victory Team. Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi continued their dominance of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series with victory at the second round – the Dubai GP this afternoon. While they didn’t head to the front from the start, an almost perfect long lap strategy saw the pair taking the lead in the ninth lap and eventually powering to a 17-second win over secondplaced Abu Dhabi Team 5. It had been Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al Tayer and Faleh Al Mansoori who powered into the lead after a sensational start from the second gate. But the duo just couldn’t build up enough of a lead to keep in front of the high-flying Victory Team who simply blew any opposition away. The battle for third spot was eventually where all the action was…

Victory Team take XCAT Emaar Pole Position in Dubai

The Victory Team pair of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi will start this afternoon’s Dubai GP in Pole Position after a sensational final lap that was four and a half seconds quicker than their nearest challenger. In the new-format race for Emaar Pole Position, the duo claimed the fastest times in all three qualifying sessions to book their top spot. Gold Coast Australia (Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton) will start in second spot with Swecat Racing (Mikael Bengtsson and Erik Stark) in third while T-Bone Station (Giovanni Carpitella and Luca Fendi) will complete the top starting gate in fourth spot. Emaar Pole Position Results    

Australia’s Gold Coast fastest in Dubai XCAT practice

Gold Coast.Australia proved to be the quickest of the pack in the first official practice ahead of tomorrow’s Dubai GP – the second round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Powerboating Series. Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton, who finished second in last weekend’s Fujairah GP, were the only boat to dip under the 2 minute 37 mark, recording a fastest lap 2:36.573 for top spot. Second were the Dubai 33 team of Salem Al Adidi and Eisa Al Ali (fourth last weekend) with a time of 2:37.230. Recording the third fastest time of the afternoon (2:37.306) were the Altman Marine pair of Jay Price and Sean Torrente, who were particularly pleased with their showing considering this was the first time trying out the newly introduced XCAT Mercury ROS 400 engines. The American drivers competed with the old engines last weekend,…

XCAT race day in Dubai changed due to high winds forecast

Due to the high winds and rough sea conditions forecast for Saturday in Dubai, the race schedule has been switched. The race for Emaar Pole Position will take place on Friday, 15 April at 10.30 am followed by the main race – the Dubai GP – at 3.30 pm also on Friday. The one-on-one, drag race-style Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run will now take place on Saturday, 16 April at 2.30 pm.

Extra pressure for the XCAT Victory Team in Dubai

The pressure will be on when Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi return to racing in Dubai this weekend. The Victory Team duo already lead the Series going into the second round of the UIM XCAT World Series at Dubai International Marine Club from April 15-16, but there are always a few extra nerves making their presence felt when they’re in front of a home crowd. “Always the pressure is on because everyone expects a lot from you there so we’ll hopefully perform to their expectations and be number one again,” said Bin Hendi, who together with Al Zaffain powered to a comfortable victory in the opening round of the 2016 season in Fujairah last weekend. The pair are all too aware of the challenge they’re up against, however, with a strong showing from Gold Coast.Australia (Tom Barry-Cotter and…

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