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

Mashari.

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