Junior sailors have seized the opportunity to demonstrate their potential at the Oman Sailing Championship being held in Sur.
Racing Optimist dinghies, 24 members of Oman Sail’s Youth Club took advantage of two days of top-level coaching and training before a further two days of racing.
The young sailors — all aged under-12 and many new to the sport — were making their first appearance at the championships, which are the highlight of Oman’s national youth racing season. They represented all four of Oman Sail’s schools — Al Mouj Muscat, Marina Bandar al Rowdha, Sur and Mussanah.
After six races, the top-ranked sailor overall was Saleh al Balushi, who took four wins to finish seven points ahead of Abdul al Qasmi. With Faisal al Adawi third, all three sailors topping the leader board were from the Mussanah Sailing School.
The top three junior boys were Abdul Aziz al Balushi, Abdulrahman al Hadi and Saud al Shaqsi. Taking the top three spots in the junior girls were Ghasslan al Alawi, Amnah al Mukhaini and Wesal al Balushi. Saturday’s Youth Club prize-giving ceremony was hosted at the state-of-the-art Sur Sailing School, which is funded by Oman LNG. In attendance was guest of honour Captain Abdul Rahman Arshad, Vice-President of the Asian Sailing Federation.
Young members of the Omantel Youth Programme also benefitted from working with the international coaches. Five young guests from India joined this larger, more experienced group of 95 sailors who are aged up to 17 years old; together they developed their skills in the Laser 4.7 and Optimist classes. With the expert coaching sessions completed, the group has now embarked on four days of racing, which will conclude on August 8th. Racing at Sur starts daily at 6:30 am, to take advantage of the early morning breeze.