Muscat – The Oman Sailing Festival raised a wave of enthusiasm in Sohar this weekend as it went about with free sailing and windsurfing lessons for the general public, besides organising beach clean-up events to help preserve the local environment for generations to come.
The #SailWithUs festival held at the Silver Jubilee Garden attracted more than 400 people of all ages to ‘take the chance to learn new skills and give back to the community’, said an Oman Sail press release on Monday.
Ali al Shuhaimi, centre manager of Al Mouj Sailing School and co-manager of the Oman Sailing Festival, said, “We are really pleased that so many people came to Silver Jubilee Garden this weekend to try sailing, windsurfing and para sailing with our SailFree programme.”
The festival, he said, “aims to encourage people to try a new sport, challenge themselves and either discover a new hobby or take the first steps towards a career on the water”.
Given the ‘strong maritime tradition’ of Oman, Shuhaimi pointed out that the organisation was taking all efforts to make “sailing accessible to the current generation”.
“The events to come at locations across the country will introduce hundreds more people to the sport have a huge impact on the local environment as we inspire the community to care for the wonderful beaches in our beautiful country,” he added.
The next sailing festival will be held in Musandam and Al Bassa Beach from Tuesday and will run until November 20, where local SMEs will have the chance to showcase their products to visitors over the five days.
The festival then moves to Sur al Hadeed Corniche in Seeb on November 26 and 27, before heading to Sur (December 3-4), Hawana Salalah (January 6-8) and Duqm (January 11-15).
Oman Sail is all set to host the 2021 49er, 49er FX & Nacra 17 World Championships, kicking off in Mussanah on Tuesday.