ABRA Sheikh Hassan praises QMSF staff efforts in hectic race preparations

2009 ABRA Unlimited Hydroplane World Championship

Oryx Cup – UIM World Championship, Doha – November 19th-21st


For immediate release

Monday, October 26th, 2009





·        Sheikh Hassan singles out QMSF’s Mona Nasser for special praise

·        Peters & May confirm Unlimited Hydros will reach Doha on November 3rd


DOHA (Qatar): His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, President of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF), has praised the sterling work of his staff in Doha in the build-up to the busiest few weeks of international racing in the history of the Doha-based federation.


Sheikh Hassan singled out Mona Nasser - the QMSF’s technical co-ordinator - for special praise. In the space of four hectic weeks, the Qatar Marine Sports Federation is preparing for international races in Key West, the Oryx Cup – UIM World Championship, the two UIM F1 races in Doha and Sheikh Hassan’s very own attempt to set a new Trans-Gulf speed record.


“Mona is the technical co-ordinator for all our international events and the Unlimited Hydroplane race is another string to her bow,” said Sheikh Hassan. “She has shown great interest in QMSF events and, for that reason, she has taken on the responsibility of making sure that things get done.


“Mona co-ordinates with all government departments, obtains the relevant permissions, manages the site preparation, shipping arrangements and updates members of the board. She works on port authority shipping clearances and conducts a weekly meeting with permanent and temporary staff to make sure that everything is in place and working smoothly. She manages entertainment for the teams and works on preparations for gala dinners and award ceremonies.”


Mona Nasser joined the QMSF three years ago. “In that short time span she has proved that she is capable of delivering what is requested without delays,” added Sheikh Hassan. “That has given her the respect from her peers within the QMSF and other government offices. She also works as an administrator on local events and is well known within both the F1 and Class 1 racing communities.”


Nasser is currently liaising with the American Boat Racing Association (ABRA) to finalise details for the arrival of 10 Unlimited Hydroplanes, which will run in the second race of its kind ever to take place outside the United States of America on November 19th-21st.


She is also working with the promoters of the UIM F1 World Championship to arrange the arrival of F1 race equipment from China, in advance of the next two rounds of the series in Doha on November 27th-28th.


In addition, Sheikh Hassan, Abdullah Al-Sulaiti and their Class 1 team are heading to Key West in Florida at the start of November and Mona has played an integral part in preparing the logistics of the exciting Qatar race programme in the USA.


“Mona is one Qatari girl who has proven herself in a tough, male-dominated sport and shown that, given the right support and good time management, she can make things happen,” concluded Sheikh Hassan.


Peters & May, the global marine logistics company, have confirmed that the 10 Unlimited Hydroplanes and all the race equipment for the ground-breaking Doha race are set to reach Qatar on Wednesday, November 3rd, giving officials, team representatives and handling staff plenty of time to clear the race boats before the Oryx Cup – UIM World Championship.


Three titles – the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship, the Series Champion Team and the Series Champion Driver – will be up for grabs at what promises to be a thrilling race weekend in Qatar.




For further media information about the QMSF:

Neil Perkins, NDP Publicity Services, Mobile: + 44 7831 123153, E-mail: ndppublicity@googlemail.com. www.ndp-publicity.com (press releases).


For further information about the American Boat Racing Association (ABRA):

Bruce Madej, E-mail: brucemadej@gmail.com or Steve Montgomery, E-mail: scm@montgomerymarketing.com.







Date issued: 26/10/2009

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