Mu­san­nah win best sail­ing school award

Times of Oman - - SPORTS -

MUSCAT: The re­cent Rank­ing Race event fea­tur­ing young Omani sailors has been hailed as a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward on the path to de­vel­op­ing racing tal­ent and skills.

An in­tense two days of racing saw 90 youth­ful sailors put through their paces at Al Mu­san­nah Sail­ing School as part of a process to test and as­sess their progress and po­ten­tial.

The sailors, aged from 10 to 17 years old and part of the Oman­tel­sup­ported Youth Pro­gramme, came from all four of the Oman Sail sail­ing schools – Al Mu­san­nah, Sur, Ma­rina Ban­dar Al Rowdha and Al­mouj, Muscat, and raced in Op­ti­mist, Laser 4.7 and Techno wind­surf­ing classes. The Rank­ing Race event, Oman Sail’s third of 2017, had added im­por­tance as it in­cluded the team which will rep­re­sent the Sul­tanate at the In­ter­na­tional Op­ti­mist Dinghy As­so­ci­a­tion 2017 Asian and Ocea­nian Cham­pi­onship, which starts in Hong Kong at the end of the month.

“Dur­ing the Rank­ing Race event, I no­ticed an im­prove­ment in the per­for­mance of our new sailors who re­cently joined the school,” Ali Al Shuhaimi, Cen­tre Man­ager of Al­mouj Muscat Sail­ing School, said. “Suc­cess­ful events like these are im­por­tant as I would not be able to see their im­prove­ment with­out test­ing them in these kind of races.”

In par­tic­u­lar, Al Shuhaimi high­lighted the im­proved per­for­mance of Osama Al Zad­jali, who won the Op­ti­mist Un­der-12 ti­tle, Has­san Al Owisi and, among the girls, Aya Al Habsi, Malak Al Rawahi and Shu­mooa Al Rawahi, who was the lead­ing girl in the Op­ti­mist class. Al Mu­san­nah Sail­ing School Cen­tre Man­ager Mo­hammed Al Balushi also praised the skills of his young sailors, while cel­e­brat­ing the fact that they col­lec­tively helped win the best Sail­ing School award over­all. Full story @ time­so­fo­

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