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Oryx Cup date changed

American Boat Racing Association Chairman Sam Cole announced today that the Qatar Marine Sport Federation and the ABRA have agreed to move the dates for the Oryx Cup to one week later than originally set to accommodate scheduling and logistical issues for both parties. New dates for the event will be November 19-21, 2009.

The Oryx Cup will mark the first ever appearance by American unlimited hydroplanes in the Eastern hemisphere, and will involve transporting ten race boats and support equipment across the Atlantic.

His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani returned to Doha, Qatar following a visit to Seattle, Washington where he viewed the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair and signed the historic agreement that will take the world’s fastest race boats to Doha for the inaugural Oryx Cup.

Cole commented, “Sheikh Hassan contacted me Wednesday night and asked if it was possible to move the Oryx Cup to dates one week later than the dates we had originally been given by the QMSF. I responded that the extra week would actually benefit us as well, as we make preparations to take on the biggest project in the history of the ABRA.”

ABRA race teams will prepare for transport to the Middle East following Thunder on the Ohio in Evansville, Indiana August 21-23. The Oryx Cup will mark the final stop on the 2009 ABRA season, and the National High Point Champion will be crowned in ceremonies following the event in Doha.