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

World Championships.

Source: Oman News Agency