Each of the sailors aged 16 or 17 years and chosen from the Omantel Youth Sailing Programme posted a quantity of powerful outcomes throughout the intense six-day regatta in Gdynia, Poland, although competing against 280 sailors from 41 nations.
The young Oman Sail team faced a crowded race course and altering winds on the Baltic Sea, with difficult light situations more than the final two days. “The team faced many challenges during the regatta and it is good to report that they all performed well in sometimes difficult conditions,” stated Laser four.7 coach Ahmed al Wahaibi.
He added, “They have all worked hard in Gdynia and at the training camp before, and have been able to develop their skills and learn new disciplines which will be of great value at future events.”
Abdulmalik al Hinai, from Oman Sail’s Al Mouj Muscat sailing college, completed 39th general in the 69-powerful second-tier Silver fleet, and had been much better placed till two capsises in the final races expense him useful points. Also racing in the Silver fleet, Salim al Alawi, representing the Marina Bandar Al Rowdha college, completed 55th general, with sailing schoolmate Hussain al Mansoori placed 56th in the Bronze fleet.
The youngest member of the Oman Sail team, Ali al Sadi from Mussanah Sailing School, completed 60th in the Bronze fleet at his initial globe championship Laser occasion.
“The whole team have grown in confidence during the championship and it has been a valuable learning experience,” stated Omantel Youth Sailing Programme manager Mohsin al Busaidi.
“After all their work here and at the recent Asian Sailing Championships in Jakarta, the whole Omantel team can be positive when they look ahead to the Oman Sailing Championships and then the Asian Games, which is the main focus this year,” he added.
Information Source: Muscat Daily