Oman youth Sailors Achieve Best Results at Championships in Asia and Africa

Muscat, The Young Omani sailors have shown

their emerging skills and abilities racing against world-class

competition at two international championship regattas, producing their

best ever results at each event.

In an intensive period of back-to-back events a four-strong Oman

Sail youth team raced at the 2018 Optimist Asian and Oceanic

Championship held in Myanmar in mid-November, quickly followed by

last week’s Optimist African Championship.

At the most recent event in Maputo Bay, Mozambique, the team’s

strength in depth was evident as all four Omani sailors finishing in the

top third of the 66-strong fleet, while Mohammed Al Qasmi claimed a

place on the championship podium.

He took a race win and two other top-three places to finish third

overall. Nibras Al Awaisi ended the regatta 11th, with Saleem Al Alawi

17th and Jihad Al Hasani 22nd.

Earlier in Myanmar, the team also demonstrated a great

determination, competing against 125 sailors from 15 other nations at

the major regional event held at the Ngwe Saung Yacht Club.

In producing their best ever results at the annual championship

three of the squad qualified to race in the top Gold Fleet, while the

whole team beat Japan in the Team Racing event before going out to

world team race champions Thailand.

Al Qasmi led the way, finishing an impressive 11th in the 65-strong

Gold Fleet after posting five top-10 finishes, one a second place.

Al Alawi finished 29th and Al Hasani 31st in the same fleet, while Al

Awaisi took 28th place in the 64-strong Silver Fleet, signing off with a

win in the final race.

With every event our young sailors show they are learning and

gaining experience, said Mohsin Al Busaidi, Oman Sail’s Youth Sailing

Development Manager.

At the same time they are able to produce better and better results

that show that their hard work, as well as the commitment and

dedication of their coaches, has been worthwhile.

World-class racing sailors do not appear overnight, but the Optimist

youth team have shown they are on the right course for success. In an

intensive season they are getting faster and faster, and they are getting

smarter as well with their tactics and preparation.

The Asian event concluded with the flag ceremony, where the host

team from Myanmar passed the flag to Oman, next year’s host nation.

The 2019 Optimist Asian and Oceanic Championship to start at

Mussanah Sport City in late September, for the first time in the

Sultanate.

Source: Oman News Agency