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