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FOUR YOUNG SAILING CHAMPIONS EMERGE.

2016 Oman National Sailing Championship concludes at Oman Sail's Sailing School in Sur

Oman's sailing prospects showed the crowning of four new young champions at the 2016 Oman National Sailing Championships at Oman Sail's Sailing School in Sur this week, a press release said.

An intensive fiveA[degrees]day schedule, involving 39 different race starts across the Optimist, Laser 4.7 and Techno 293 classes (6.8 and 7.8 sails), culminated in a champions prize giving ceremony attended by the winners, their families and other guests including David Graham, CEO of Oman Sail, Raja Murad, COO of Oman LNG, Haitham al Kharusi, viceA[degrees] president of Consumer Unit at

Omantel, and Guest of Honour H E Sheikh Said al Sinani, member of Majlis A'Shura.

All four classes produced clear winners with 16 year old Zakariya al Wahabi, two times former national Optimist champion, domA[degrees] inating the Laser 4.7 class and Al Moatasem al Farsi, 13, winning nine of the 12 Optimist races with Abdullah al Sarhi securing podium places in all 16 Techno 293 races (6.8 sail) and Abdul al Hadrami winning the Techno 293 (7.8 sail) class.

A strong sense of competition among the UnderA[degrees]12s in the Optimist class proved to be one of the most eyeA[degrees]catching features of the week with 11 year old Ablaj al Dughaishi emerging as 'one to watch' from a group of seven spirA[degrees] ited young prospects.

"We congratulate our new young champions who were all resounding winners in their classes," said David. "These youngsters have worked hard for their success and fully deserve their trophies. They have become role models to others and have big futures ahead of them if they continue to work hard and this will inevitably raise standards throughout the sport in Oman."

Awards were also handed to a group of eight race officials, all trained by Oman Sail, who gained a higher level in race management through their achievements at the 2016 Oman National Sailing Championships: Faisal al Quitati, Ghalib al Mamari, Mohammed al Mujaini, Nawaf al Ghadani, Khaloud al Oraimi, Ibrahim al Fadaili, Ahmed al Hasani and Hussain al Owaisi, a young sailor who was unable to take part in the race but took the opportunity to learn a new skill.

The Sailing Schools award went to Al Mouj after a string of consisA[degrees] tent performances by its young sailors, while Mussanah, where all three champions are based, came second and Oman Sail's newest school in Sur opened its honours account when Mohammed al Alawi came third in the Optimists.

Sur Sailing School also featured in the prizeA[degrees]giving for the support and welcome the management and staff had given to all 65 sailors and their families who had attended the training and compeA[degrees] tition programme.

"Our congratulations go to all our new champions as well as the families and friends who have come to Sur to support them," said Raja of Oman LNG.

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Publication:The Week (Muscat, Oman)
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Date:Aug 25, 2016
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