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Oman Sail readies for 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 events

14 Nov 2021

Muscat – A 148-strong fleet representing 29 countries are arriving in Oman for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra World Championships getting underway in Mussanah on Tuesday.

Being held in Asia for the first time in the history of the event, host Oman Sail pointed out that ‘the regatta is the first global sailing event after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the start of the campaign to qualify for the Paris 2024 Games’.

The championship, which will run till November 21 at the Barcelo Mussanah Resort, will further heighten Oman’s reputation as a world class host and premier sailing nation, said Oman Sail in a press statement on Sunday.

The 148-member fleet includes Olympians, promising young sailors, high-performance doubles sailors and members of the sultanate’s national team, all looking to start their campaign for the 2024 Olympics in good form.

Amongst the Nacra 17 fleet, Oman Sail said, ‘are 2019 world champions Maelle Frascari and Vittorio Bissaro (ITA) and 2021 silver medallists John Gimson and Anna Burnet (GBR)’.

The 49erFX class will see gold medallists Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) and European champions Emma Siewers and Odile van Aanholt (NED) taking part, whereas in 49er class, Olympians Łukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski (POL), Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl (AUT) and former world number 1 James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) will be competing, the statement added.
“In this shortened cycle ahead of the Paris 2024 Games, every regatta is important,” said Ben Remocker, 49er Class Manager.

“With such a strong and varied fleet, the competition should be fierce throughout the week,” he added.
Talking about Oman as the venue, Remocker projected the sultanate as “a great choice for the first 49er, 49erFX and Nacra World Championships to be held within Asia”.

“On behalf of the Class, I wish all of the competitors the very best of luck as they take the first steps on the road to Paris 2024.”

Dr Khamis al Jabri, Oman Sail CEO, said, “Hosting the 2021 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 World Championships is a great honour for Oman Sail and the Sultanate of Oman.

“We look forward to welcoming the sailors, coaches and supporters to Mussanah for what promises to be an excellent display of competitive sailing across all classes.”

Oman has become the focus of sailing during the winter season. Competitors can look forward to ideal conditions, gentle breezes and the world class facilities that have become synonymous with sports in this country.

“Hosting high profile events such as this improves our standing within international sailing and provides an opportunity for local businesses to offer an authentic experience to visiting sailors while also delivering positive economic benefits to the community,” the Oman Sail official added, hoping that “the visiting sailors take this opportunity to explore the Sultanate of Oman and get to know this wonderful country”.

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