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
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
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
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