Muscat, Junior sailors have seized the
opportunity to demonstrate their potential at the Oman Sailing
Championships being held in Sur.
Racing Optimist dinghies, 24 members of Oman Sail’s Youth
Club took advantage of two days of top-level coaching and training
before a further two days of racing.
The young sailors � all aged under-12 and many new to the
sport � were making their first appearance at the championships, which
are the highlight of Oman’s national youth racing season. They
represented all four of Oman Sail’s schools � Al Mouj Muscat, Marina
Bandar Al Rowdha, Sur and Mussanah.
After six races, the top-ranked sailor overall was Saleh Al
Balushi, who took four wins to finish seven points ahead of Abdul Al
Qasmi. with Faisal Al Adiwi third, all three sailors topping the leader
board were from the Mussanah Sailing School.
The top three junior boys were Abdul Aziz Yousuf Al Balushi,
Abdulrahman Adil Al Hadi and Saoud Talib Al Shaqsi. Taking the top
three spots in the junior girls were Ghasslan Said Al Alwawi, Amnah
Mohammed Al Mukhaini and Wesal Ahmed Said Al Balushi, who was
also ranked the best youngest sailor overall.
Saturday’s Youth Club prize-giving ceremony was hosted at the
state-of-the-art Sur Sailing School, which is funded by Oman LNG. In
attendance was guest of honour Captain Abdul Rahman Arshad, who
is Vice President of the Asian Sailing Federation.
It has been a great opportunity for the junior sailors in the Youth Club
to take part in the training programme and then gain some experience
on the race course, said Youth Club Sailing Instructor Abdul Aziz Al
The coaches have been really impressed with the potential shown by
our younger generation of sailors and they have been able to identify
some new talent, he added.
Top-level Optimist coaches at the championships included
Didier Charvet, the former French National Coach, and the ex-Turkish
National Coach Tamer Baslig.
Young members of the Omantel Youth Programme also
benefitted from working with the international coaches. Five young
guests from India joined this larger, more experienced group of 95
sailors who are aged up to 17 years old; together they developed their
skills in the Laser 4.7 and Optimist classes. With the expert coaching
sessions completed, the group has now embarked on four days of
racing, which will conclude on August 8th. Racing at Sur starts daily at
6:30 am, to take advantage of the early morning breeze.
The training and coaching around the Oman Sailing Championships is
extremely valuable in preparing our sailors for upcoming World, Asian
and African championships, said Rashid Al Kindi, Oman Sail’s national
sailing team manager.
The championships have always provided a great learning opportunity
and the chance for sailors to show their skills and abilities when racing.
We are also really pleased that the younger sailors from the Youth
Club have been able to benefit from taking part.
Source: Oman News Agency