The first Mussanah Race Week was hosted in 2011 at Mussanah Sports City. Its success proved to be a game-changer in establishing Oman as an outstanding venue for international sailing competitions.
The Sultanate was no stranger to hosting high profile sailing events. The Asian Beach Games, featuring sailing, had proved a major success in December 2010. Muscat then hosted an Act of The Extreme Sailing Series™ just a couple of months before the first edition of Mussanah Race Week.
The inaugural contest, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Batinah coastline, provided more than enough proof that daring and determination pays dividends.
There were 78 entries for the curtain raiser, mainly from the local sailing centres and the local schools in Muscat and Mussanah. However, the most exciting features of the week were the coaching clinics, led by some stellar sailors drawn from the international sailing scene.
Since its inception, the rise of Mussanah Race Week has been rapid and dynamic. Increasing numbers of local sailors have taken advantage of the rare and privileged opportunity to compete against some of the world’s best international sailors, who are always on the lookout for top-class warm weather training venues, signing up in ever greater numbers to nudge Mussanah Race Week towards the big league.