Abu Dhabi will honour, with a specially crafted award - the sailors
and teams who demonstrate outstanding acts of bravery and valour
throughout the Volvo Ocean Race – the nine month, round-the- world yacht
race, known as the ‘Everest of Sailing.'
The ‘Abu Dhabi Seamanship Award’, which will pay tribute to the
seamanship and courage synonymous with the emirate’s deep rooted
maritime heritage, will go to a deserving individual or team after each
race leg – starting in Cape Town, South Africa.
Inscribed with the words, ‘Recognising courage, bravery and
fortitude; Abu Dhabi at one with the sea and sailors,’ the award is
designed to represent the emirate’s heroic mariners of yesteryear, who
often risked life and limb at sea for months to bring home rich pearling
harvests, fish catches or trade from India and Africa.