Muscat, The final youth sailing event of 2018
brought together 56 racers from Oman Sail’s four sailing schools, all
determined to qualify for next year’s high-profile Mussanah Race Week
and impress Oman national team selectors.
Two days of intense, but friendly competition at the last Ranking
Race of the year in Mussanah saw local sailors joined by schoolmates
from Sur, Al Mouj Muscat and Marina Bandar Al Rowdha sailing
During the event � the most recent of 6 Ranking Race regattas
throughout 2018 � coaches continued to narrow down their selection of
the best sailors who will qualify to compete at Mussanah Race Week in
Since its first edition in 2011 Mussanah Race Week has seen a
growing number of the world’s best international racers take part,
attracted by the prospect of warm weather sailing and top-level
coaching combined with world-class training facilities at Mussanah
Local sailors have also benefitted from the valuable opportunity
of racing against the best as the event continues to confirm its status
as one of the world’s leading dinghy regattas. Before that, a further
Ranking Race regatta will be held in January to finalise the Mussanah
Race Week selection. With performances at both events taken into
consideration, sailors will then be selected for the youth teams to
represent the Sultanate at international events through 2019.
All the sailors have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and
talent, and the progress every year is remarkable, said Mohsin al-
Busaidi, Oman Sail’s Youth Programme Manager.
After the January Ranking Race the coaches will decide who goes
forward, first to Mussanah Race Week and then in to the national youth
teams � there are many sailors who will be contenders so it will not be
an easy decision for them.
Everyone involved, from the youngest of the sailors all the way the
most experienced of coaches, is working very hard to get the best
performances possible and select the best teams to represent Oman.
At last weekend’s event the Mussanah team emerged as the
top sailing school with wins in each of the three classes � Laser,
Optimist and RSX Windsurfer � though the competition was close
throughout the fleets.
The large 36-strong Optimist class was won by Elyas Al Fadhali
with three wins in the four races held, ahead of Mohammed Al Qasmi
from Al Mouj with Sur’s Saleem Al Alawi on the last step of the podium.
The top junior Optimist sailor was Hatm Al Araimi from Sur.
The competitive Laser class was won by Mussanah’s Alla Al
Amrani, who finished a point ahead of schoolmate Al-Moatasem Al
Farsi with Sur’s Ahmed Al Omraimi third.
Also strongly contested, the RSX windsurfer fleet was topped
by Abdulmajed Al Hadrami, who finished level on points, but ahead of
Ali Al Omrani on countback, with Abdullah Al Sarhi third despite
posting two race wins. Ali Al Sarhi won the under-17 class.
The Mussanah Sailing School fielded the largest team with 27
sailors supported by five coaches while Sur had 16 sailors out on the
water, five sailors from Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha, and eight from the Al
Mouj Muscat school, all Optimist racers.
Source: Oman News Agency