Musannah win best sailing school award
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 @ timesofoman.com/sports