Muscat, 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
A total of 130 sailors � many of them new to the sport � will race
each other over 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 part of the company’s social initiative.
The Sur sailors will be joined by fellow racers from the other three
Oman Sail schools � Al Mouj Muscat, Marina Bandar Al Rowdha and
Mussanah � all of whom are part of the Omantel Youth Programme.
Aged 10 to 17 years old, the young sailors will compete in either the
Optimist or Laser 4.7 dinghy classes.
Also taking part for the first time ever, and bringing an international
flavour to the event, are five 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, said Rashid al-Kindi, Oman Sail’s national sailing team
It is also a pleasure to welcome for the first time competitors from
India, and I am sure they will also enjoy and benefit from the mix of
training and racing on offer as part of the event.
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, added Al
The sailors will be divided into two groups, with the first made up of
35 youth club or new sailors. Sailing Optimists, the group will begin
two days of training on August 1st, followed by a further two days of
racing and a prize giving.
A larger, more experienced group of 95 sailors � 58 in the Optimist
Class and 37 racing the Laser 4.7 � will benefit from four theory and
practical training days prior to four days of racing that will end on
August 8th – which will decide the outcome of the championship.
A dozen coaches drawn from all four Oman Sail schools will be
taking part in the event, 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 overall championship event.
The coastal city of Sur is a highly appropriate location for the
championship as it occupies a place at the heart of Oman’s maritime
heritage and is famous for building traditional wooden dhows, an
industry dating back more than 1,000 years in the Sultanate.
Source: Oman News Agency