Muscat, Oman Sail’s 49er team have

demonstrated they are a force to be reckoned with after a strong

performance at the 2018 European Championships in Poland.

Musab Al Hadi and Waleed Al Kindi also created a landmark

moment at the Gdynia event when they became the first all-Omani

49er team to qualify in a Silver fleet for the final stages of a regatta.

In mixed conditions they showed impressive speed and tactical

skills, particularly in the opening stages when they emerged in 16th

place overall after three races in a competitive 92-strong international

fleet. Al Hadi and Al Kindi posted three top-five results in the 15 races

held.

The team eventually finished 30th in the Silver fleet and 55th

overall, their best result of the season so far and a launchpad for the

2018 Asian Games in Indonesia where racing starts in just over a

month’s time.

There they will face several teams which were present in Poland,

including Hong Kong and China whose teams qualified in the lower

Bronze finals fleet, and Japan and Korea who were also in the Silver

fleet, with Korea finishing only two points ahead of the Oman pair.

We started the European Championships aiming to qualify in the

Silver fleet for the finals, Al Hadi said, adding and we were both very

proud and happy to have achieved that.

The results we managed in some of the races were not always what

we had hoped for, but we showed that we can be competitive in very

different conditions.

Al Kindi added: The Asian Games is our main target for the

season and racing against the world’s best 49er sailors in Poland has

been a great preparation for both of us.

The training camp we went to before racing began was also a very big

help, and the coaches like Gwen Gbick have done a lot to allow us to

improve our sailing.

The Asian Games in Jakarta will see racing start on 24 August

with the event concluding on Friday, August.

Source: Oman News Agency