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‘Great opportunity to showcase Khasab as a new sailing venue’

5 May 2021

Asian windsurfing meet in October to attract top sailors

The hosting of the Asian Windsurfing Championships 2021 in the city of Khasab in Musandam governorate will be a ‘great opportunity’ to showcase a new sailing destination in Oman, according to Rashid al Kindi, director of Oman Sail, the organisers of the event.

The championships, for both men and women sailors, is expected to attract 50 windsurfers from 15 countries and will be held from October 11-16.

Oman Sail set the ball rolling for the event on Wednesday with the announcement of the Notice of Race and opening of registrations for the Asian Windsurfing Championships 2021.

The windsurfers will be competing in the Techno293, Techno293Plus and the foiling Formula Windsurfing class, with foiling making its debut at the championship this year. 

In a press statement released on Wednesday, Oman Sail said that weather conditions in Khasab during October are expected to be perfect for the participants with winds blowing between 7-15 knots. 

Kindi said, “This is an exciting return to elite competition for windsurfers across Asia and a great opportunity to introduce Khasab as a new sailing venue in Oman. We have enjoyed tremendous  success of hosting  world-class championships since 2013 at Mussanah. We are now looking forward to one of the first international events post-Tokyo Olympic Games. As well as being a continental event, this is also the first step for many on the road to Paris Games 2024.”

Piotr Oleksiak, International Windsurfing Association manager, said, “The introduction of the Formula Foil this year makes the Asian Windsurfing Championships 2021 an interesting proposition going forward. We are delighted to be in Oman, which has become the example to follow for the growth of sailing in Asia. We look forward to enjoying Oman’s traditional warm hospitality at a great new venue in Khasab, Musandam.”

Sailors and delegates will be put up at the Atana Musandam Hotel, Musandam.  To register, and find out more about the championships, visit the official website, https://asians2021.internationalwindsurfing.com/.

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