Excitement is building for this weekend’s adrenaline-fueled Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas after the league’s nine-strong F50 fleet hit the water to begin practice racing.

The full fleet got to grips with the perilously tight racecourse of Port Rashid for the first time and was seen practicing tactics and manoeuvres ahead of official racing getting underway this weekend.

Season 3 // Dubai Sail Grand Prix // DEN, AUS, GBR, ESP and SUI in practice racing

It comes after Canada, Switzerland and Spain were granted extra practice days earlier this week, with Switzerland and Spain sharing the Spanish F50.

Season 3 // Dubai Sail Grand Prix // Canada splashdown in practice racing

The current Championship leaderboard sees a condensed mid-fleet line up, with just 10 points separating Denmark in sixth and New Zealand in second. Two-timing defending champion Australia meanwhile remains in first place with 50 points.

Season 3 // Dubai Sail Grand Prix // Fleet in practice racing

Smooth water and light-to-moderate winds could prove perfect conditions for inexperienced teams, while France will be looking to repeat its triumph of Cádiz and consolidate its third place position on the leaderboard.

Season 3 // Dubai Sail Grand Prix // F50 wings in Dubai practice racing

Racing takes place in Dubai between 15:00-16:30 GST on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are still available for the Dubai France Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas HERE. Full broadcast information and How to Watch details HERE.