Muscat, A well-prepared Oman Sail youth team is
heading into the Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships confident they
can hold their own against a competitive international fleet in Poland.
The team consists of four young sailors � all aged 16 or 17 �
selected from the Omantel Youth Sailing Programme based on their
performances at recent ranking race events in Oman.
They go into the world championship event fresh from an intensive
seven-day training camp held in Poland to allow them to familiarise
themselves with northern European sailing conditions. As part of the
programme they took part in races against sailors from several of the
41 countries with teams at the event.
Representing three of the four Oman Sail schools, the team will start
racing in Gdynia on Thursday 12th July in a 280-strong international
boys’ fleet. Hussain Al Mansoori and Salim Al Alawi, both from Marina
Bandar Al Rowdha, along with Abdulmalik Al Hinai (Al Mouj Muscat)
and Ali Al Sadi (Mussanah), are aiming to qualify for the top Gold fleet
category in the final series of races.
We have worked hard here in Poland to prepare the team for what
they will face when racing begins in Gdynia, said Laser 4.7 coach
Ahmed Al Wahaibi.
It is a very competitive fleet and the conditions are likely to be very
different to those they are used to in Oman, but all four of our sailors
have shown they can adapt and we know they have the skills and
ability to produce some good results.
Oman Sail Youth Sailing Programme Manager Mohsin Al Busaidi
added: The recent Asian Sailing Championships in Jakarta
demonstrated that our youth sailors can compete at an international
level, and we are confident that they will do so again at the Laser 4.7
Source: Oman News Agency