2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Row, row, row your boat!

More than 1,000 Emirati rowers will thrash through the waters off the capital’s Corniche on Friday, January 6th, in the Abu Dhabi Traditional Rowing Race. A total of four races are scheduled at 20 minutes intervals between 3:30 and 4:30pm, with 16 or 17 all-wooden rowing boats allotted to each starting slot. The quartet of races, which will be named ‘Red’, ‘Green’, ‘White’ and ‘Black’ in honour of the UAE flag, will see 16 rowers and one non-rowing cox occupy the 40ft boats.
The 2.8km course runs from the stretch of public beach just opposite Le Royal Meridien hotel to the Hiltonia Beach Club. The Abu Dhabi Traditional Rowing Race is free to attend, with the best viewing points found at the Corniche public beach, or the Volvo Ocean Race Destination Village - which is open from 11am to midnight on weekends and daily from 11am to 11pm.

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