Thursday, 6 May 2021
Young sailors from all four Oman Sail schools will gather in Sur this week for the fifth edition of the Oman Sailing Championship, the highlight of the national youth racing season.

Racers from Oman Sail schools collect in Sur for highlight of national youth season

A total of 130 sailors, with numerous of them new to the sport, will race each and every other more than the course of the eight days of the championship held at the state-of-the-art Sur Sailing School, which is funded by Oman LNG as component of the company’s social initiative.

The Sur sailors will be joined by fellow racers from the other 3 Oman Sail schools, Al Mouj Muscat, Marina Bandar al Rowdha and Mussanah, all of whom are component of the Omantel Youth Programme. Aged 10 to 17 years, the young sailors will compete in either the Optimist or Laser four.7 dinghy classes. Also taking component for the very first time ever, and bringing an international flavour to the occasion, are 5 young sailors from India.

“The Oman Sailing Championship has gone from strength to strength each year, and is a great opportunity for our young sailors to test their skills against each other in a friendly and competitive environment,” stated Rashid al Kindi, Oman Sail’s national sailing team manager.

He added, “It is also a pleasure to welcome for the very first time competitors from India, and I am certain they will also take pleasure in and advantage from the mix of instruction and racing on supply as component of the occasion.

“This is the fifth year the Oman Sailing Championship has been hosted, and every time we have seen an increasing number of talented youngsters out on the water demonstrating their abilities.”

The sailors will be divided into two groups, with the very first produced up of 35 youth club or new sailors. Sailing Optimists, the group started two days of instruction on August 1, followed by a additional two days of racing and a prize providing.

A bigger, a lot more skilled group of 95 sailors, 58 in the Optimist Class and 37 racing the Laser four.7, will advantage from 4 theory and sensible instruction days prior to 4 days of racing that will finish on August eight, which will choose the outcome of the championship. A dozen coaches drawn from all 4 Oman Sail schools will be taking component in the occasion, with 24 members of the race management team organising the racing. International race officer Abdul Rahman Arshad will lead a clinic for Oman Sail instructors and supervise the all round championship occasion.

The coastal city of Sur is a very suitable place for the championship as it occupies a location at the heart of Oman’s maritime heritage and is renowned for developing conventional wooden dhows, an business dating back a lot more than 1,000 years in Oman.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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