Race is on to se­cure a place at Mus­sanah Race Week 2018

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MUSCAT: The race is on to book a place for Oman’s in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar Mus­sanah Race Week as reg­is­tra­tion opens for the 2018 event in Jan­uary. Now go­ing into its 8th edi­tion, the Oman Sail or­gan­ised re­gatta has yearon-year since 2011 at­tracted a grow­ing num­ber of young in­ter­na­tional sailors to the world-class Mus­sanah Sports City venue.

The 2017 event saw fierce com­pe­ti­tion out on the wa­ter in­volv­ing more than 120 youth­ful rac­ers rep­re­sent­ing 20 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ar­gentina, Aus­tralia, Ger­many, Hun­gary, Malta, Peru, Sin­ga­pore and Swe­den. The many Omani sailors tak­ing part dis­tin­guished them­selves, tak­ing four gold medals from the seven fi­nals held.

With Mus­sanah Race Week en­tries lim­ited, com­pe­ti­tion for a place at the event in 2018 looks likely to be equally hard fought.

Mus­sanah Race Week will be held from Jan­uary 11 to 17 with classes for Op­ti­mist, Laser 4.7 and Techno 293 wind­surfers.

Four days of rac­ing will be pre­ceded by three days of coach­ing and a prac­tice race, with train­ing camps for each of the classes pro­vided by world­class in­ter­na­tional pro­fes­sional rac­ing sailors.

The train­ing camps on of­fer will in­clude on-the-wa­ter ses­sions fo­cused on boat speed, boat han­dling, starts and race tac­tics. Lec­tures ashore will cover race strat­egy, rules, fit­ness, nu­tri­tion and psy­chol­ogy.

“Fol­low­ing years of host­ing suc­cess­ful sail­ing cham­pi­onships, Mus­sanah Sport City has be­come known as an ideal venue for in­ter­na­tional events, with its per­fect wind con­di­tions and world-class fa­cil­i­ties,” said Salma al Hashmi, Chief Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer at Oman Sail.

“Oman Sail has de­vel­oped great ex­per­tise in putting on events such as Mus­sanah Race Week to bring young sailors from around the world an­nu­ally in a com­pet­i­tive and friendly en­vi­ron­ment where they can learn new sail­ing skills and put what they have al­ready learnt into prac­tice,”

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing these young sailors to Oman to develop suc­cess­ful sail­ing paths and make great strides in build­ing fu­ture ca­reers.”

Lo­cated 85-km north of Muscat and 60km from Muscat In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Mus­sanah Sports City com­bines a beau­ti­ful Bati­nah coast lo­ca­tion with state-of-the-art re­gatta and vis­i­tor fa­cil­i­ties. It has been the venue for sev­eral in­ter­na­tional sail­ing events, in­clud­ing the 2013 Laser World Cham­pi­onship and 2015 Laser Ra­dial World Cham­pi­onship.

Oman Sail, in con­junc­tion with the Mil­len­nium Re­sort at Mus­sanah Sports City, is able to of­fer a full Mus­sanah Race Week event pack­age which cov­ers en­try fee, boat char­ter, air­port trans­fers and ac­com­mo­da­tion, avail­able to sailors, coaches and sup­port­ers. A tai­lor-made travel pack­age of­fer by Oman Air will also be avail­able soon. their

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