Muscat: Oman expects to see significant interest in its internationally acclaimed Mussanah Race Week, which will take place in February 2019, with registration now open.
The ninth Oman Sail youth regatta will again offer a mix of competitive, but friendly racing and world-class coaching, and will be based at the Millennium Resort Mussanah.
Around 250 competitors are expected to attend.
Taking place from February 19 to 26, Mussanah Race Week will offer classes for Optimist, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, RSX and Techno 293 windsurfers.
Last year saw a numberof young Omani sailors distinguish themselves in competition with sailors from countries including Germany, Monaco, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Hungary and Croatia, either winning or finishing in the top-three in four classes. “Mussanah Race Week has developed and improved every year since it was first held in 2011,” said Salma Al Hashmi, Oman Sail’s Chief Marketing Officer, “and Mussanah Sport City has proven to be a popular hub and fantastic host, with superb infrastructure and facilities."
“Mussanah Sports City has already hosted many international events, such as the Laser World Championships, the Women’s Laser World Championship and the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships, and Oman Sail will host the Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship there in October 2019, after winning the bid last year. Mussanah Race Week 2019 will be an ideal test event.”
The regatta will feature four days of racing, following three days of coaching and a practice race, with training camps for each class run by world-class international professional racing sailors. The camps will include on-the-water sessions focused on boat speed, boat handling, starts and race tactics. Lectures will cover race strategies, rules, fitness, nutrition and psychology.
The regatta will also offer travel packages for participants and their families, with visits planned to tourist attractions in Muscat and South Batinah, alongside a full Mussanah Race Week event package which covers entry fees, boat charters, airport transfers and accommodation.
Mussanah Sports City is located 85 kilometres north of Muscat and 60 kilometres from Muscat International Airport.
Sailors and coaches wishing to register for Mussanah Race Week, or seeking more venue and event information, can visit the website https://mussanahraceweek.com/