The Optimist Champions League returns to Mussanah Race Week 2016 with more competitors than last year, including the defending champion, Daniel Ian Toh; number one girl in Europe, Ariadni Spanaki; and the number one girl in North America, Mia Nicolosi; as well as four of the top six Optimist sailors in the world.

In addition to the Optimist Championship, this year’s Mussanah Race Week will also feature a Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial class featuring an international fleet and a strong Omani contingent.

Mussanah Race Week will start on 17 January 2016 with an opening ceremony at Al Mussanah Sports City and racing will begin on 20 January, with a prize giving ceremony on 23 January.

The event will serve as ideal preparation for the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, due to be held in Mussanah in December 2016, and give talented young sailors thee chance to experience the venue and Omani waters ahead of the event.