The team consists of 4 young sailors – all aged 16 or 17 years – chosen from the Omantel Youth Sailing Programme primarily based on their performances at current ranking race events in Oman.
They go into the planet championship occasion fresh from an intensive seven-day instruction camp held in Poland to permit them to familiarise themselves with northern European sailing circumstances. As component of the programme, they took component in races against sailors from a number of of the 41 nations with teams at the occasion. Representing 3 of the 4 Oman Sail schools, the team will commence racing in Gdynia on Thursday in a 280-powerful international boys’ fleet. Hussain al Mansoori and Salim al Alawi, each from Marina Bandar al Rowdha, along with Abdulmalik al Hinai (Al Mouj Muscat) and Ali al Sadi (Musannah), are aiming to qualify for the best Gold fleet category in the final series of races.
“We have worked hard here in Poland to prepare the team for what they will face when racing begins in Gdynia,” mentioned Laser four.7 coach Ahmed al Wahaibi. He added, “It is a very competitive fleet and the conditions are likely to be very different to those they are used to in Oman, but all four of our sailors have shown they can adapt and we know they have the skills and ability to produce some good results.”
Oman Sail Youth Sailing programme manager Mohsin al Busaidi added, “The recent Asian Sailing Championships in Jakarta demonstrated that our youth sailors can compete at an international level, and we are confident that they will do so again at the Laser 4.7 World Championships.”
The Baltic Sea circumstances in Gdynia are most likely to create winds of 15-plus knots and 1.5m waves, a challenge for the sailors in their Laser four.7 racing dinghies. Following registration and measuring, racing starts with a practice race these days and continues till Tuesday.
Also racing in Gdynia is the Oman Sail 49er team of Musab al Hadi and Waleed al Kindi, competing in a competitive 92-powerful international fleet at the 2018 European Championship.
On the very first day of racing on Sunday, the dynamic duo posted third and fifth location finishes in their group to sit in a extremely creditable 16th location all round right after 3 races, ahead of several Olympic level sailors such as 2017 European 49er champions Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell.
Hadi mentioned, “We started the European Championships after having a really valuable and useful training camp alongside the Laser 4.7 team. We were able to use much of what we learned there on the race course and we are happy to have made a good start.” Kindi mentioned, “There are some of the world’s best 49er sailors here in Gdynia, so we know the competition will be fierce. Musab and I have only been sailing together for seven months so we know we still have much to learn, but we will do our best to earn a good result for Oman.” The 49er European Championship continues till Friday.
Information Source: Muscat Daily