Muscat, February 18th 2019: Young sailors from around the world are gathering in Oman for the start of the internationally popular Mussanah Race Week where racing begins on Saturday. The ninth edition of the Oman Sail organised youth regatta has attracted 151 sailors – aged from eight to 16 years-old – to Mussanah Sports City for four days of racing in the Optimist, Laser, RSX and Techno 293 windsurfer classes. While many of the sailors are using the event as the perfect preparation for the 2019 Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship, which will be held at the same Mussanah venue in September, most of those taking part are also taking advantage of an intensive three-day pre-regatta coaching clinic led by world-class professional racing coaches.
The opportunity to develop and improve racing skills in both theory and then practice has led to entries from 20 countries, namely Croatia, Seychelles, Germany, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Denmark, Portugal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Italy, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Norway, as well as the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and a strong team from Oman.
“Mussanah Race Week has always offered a unique opportunity for young sailors to come to Oman and develop their talent in ideal conditions with world class coaching and facilities at Mussanah Sports City,” said Feras Asqul, Oman Sail’s event project manager, “this year will be no exception and we hope all the sailors will enjoy the competitive racing and the camaraderie which is such an important part of the experience. For those returning for the Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship later this year, it is a great chance to prepare in the local wind and weather conditions they will face then,” he added.
The pre-regatta coaching camp includes both on-the-water sessions and lectures ashore. This year they will be led by the Belgian Olympic team coach Xavi Carvalho, and Slovenian national coach Dragan Gasick. Supported by sponsor the Oasis Water Company, Mussanah Race Week will see racing until February 26th.