Aged in between 16-17 years, the 4 chosen sailors from the Omantel Youth Sailing Programme will be element of a competitive 280-robust international boys’ fleet which attributes racers representing 41 nations from Australia, Belgium and Belarus to the UAE, Ukraine and the US.
Representing 3 of the 4 Oman Sail schools, Hussain al Mansoori and Salim al Alawi, each from Marina Bandar al Rowdha, and Abdulmalik al Hinai (Al Mouj Muscat) and Ali al Sadi (Musannah), are aiming to qualify for the Gold fleet, the best category, in the final series of races.
“All the sailors were selected on the basis of their performance at the recent 3rd Ranking Race regatta at Musannah Sport City as well as earlier ranking races,” mentioned Laser four.7 coach Ahmed al Wahaibi, who will accompany the team to Poland. “They have all shown great skill and determination to earn a place in the squad and they are hoping to compete in the top group, the Gold fleet, at the end of the world championships,” he added.
In addition, the squad was also chosen on the basis of their fitness level and capacity to compete in the potentially demanding situations in Gydnia, which could see 15 knots or much more of wind and 1.5m waves. To prepare, the Laser four.7 sailors are taking element in a coaching camp in Poland from July three-9 ahead of the planet championships.
Omantel Youth Sailing Programme manager Mohsin al Busaidi mentioned, “The conditions the team will face in Poland are likely to be very different to those they are used to in Oman, so it is important that they are fully prepared and able to demonstrate their undoubted abilities.” The planet championships closely stick to the current Asian Sailing Championships in Jakarta, which saw robust performances from Hinai and Mansoori. Following this, a Laser four.7 team will go on to compete at the Oman Sailing Championships at Sur and then the Asian Games back in Jakarta in late August, the most crucial occasion for the Laser team this season. Racing at Gdynia starts with a practice race on July 11 and continues till July 17.
Information Source: Muscat Daily