Dubai's Victory Team clinches World Crown
Salem Al Adidi and Eisa Al Ali guided their Victory 3 boat to a historic win.
Salem Al Adidi and Eisa Al Ali guided their Victory 3 boat to a historic 15th World Crown after clinching an exciting offshore race. The sixth and final round of the 2019 APBA Offshore Championship Series held at Fort Myers in Florida over the weekend.
After lead starter Jim Jackson had called for a re-start following a jump start by 222 Offshore, Victory 3 surged into the lead at the first turn, and barring a few instances when the Australia-based team came close to overtaking, the men in blue cruised to their maiden Class One World Crown along the Fort Myers Beach in the early hours of Sunday.
"I can't describe my feeling as it's like a dream come true for me in Class One racing. I have been waiting for this moment for a long time now, and to achieve this in the very last race with such a narrow win against some of the top boats and drivers is even greater, not just for me, but for the entire UAE. It's a win for our country," throttleman Al Ali said.
"It was a fight till the end. 222 Offshore was the biggest threat and so was Miss Geico, so the idea was not never give either of them an opportunity to pass us, and that to me, was the key for the race. We had the best of everything today - a good set-up and a good understanding between Salem and me. This was indeed a true team effort," he added.