OMANI YOUNGSTERS SHINE IN MRW PRE-EVENT

Oman’s young sailors came away with their prospects boosted by impressive performances in the lead-up to the 2015 Musannah Race Week (MRW) over the weekend.

A week of pre-tournament training event alongside the world’s top Optimist sailors turned out to be a valuable experience for the 39 Omani youngsters who have been selected from the Omantel Youth Programme to take part in the MRW.

Six sailors from the group finished in the top half of the 110-strong fleet in the training event, confirming their potential on the world stage with Oman’s first Optimist national champion Zakariya al Wahabi finishing a creditable 25th.

Marwan al Jabri finished 31st, Al Moatasem al Farsi finished 41st, Oman’s most successful girl sailor Samiha al Riyami finished 43rd and Jihad al Hasani came 53rd.

All five qualified to represent Oman in the upcoming GCC Championships to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from April 1-4.

It was Singapore that dominated the podium with Daniel Ian Toh and Jodie Lai taking the first and second places in an exhibition of skill and determination, while the Omani sailors benefited from the experience.

The top place of the silver fleet was won by Oman’s Alla Saleh al Amrani, followed by Jentl Hanemaaijer from The Netherlands in second place and Khalid Showaiter from Bahrain in the third position.

“They all did very well, the sailors, coaches and race management and everyone involved in the racing,” said Abdulaziz al Shidi, Oman Sail’s coach for the Youth Pathway programme. “It was a great success in every level. The results are a reflection of the work that the Omani youth coaches are putting in. We feel we are on the right track.”

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY