Muscat – Oman Sail welcomed International Laser Class Association (ILCA) Radial sailors from around the world for the 2021 ILCA 6 World Championship which began on Monday and will run through to December 6 at the Barceló Mussanah Resort.
Racing takes place every day before the fleet splits and the medals are decided in a final race between the top contenders. Both the men’s and women’s competitions will run concurrently with competitors enjoying a day of practice before the championships officially start.
The event features several of the world’s top ten female sailors in the class, including 2020 Olympians, world number two and 2018 World Champion, Emma Plasschaert of Belgium and world number four, Elena Vorobeva of Croatia. Agata Barwinska (6) of Poland, Maxime Jonker (8) of the Netherlands, Vasileia Karachaliou (9) from Greece, and Marie Barrue (10) from France will also be taking part.
The Men’s race will include four of Oman’s best ILCA 6 sailors who will all be looking for a strong showing on home waters. Abdulmalik al HInai, Almoutasim al Farsi and Ali al Sadi have impressed on the circuit over the past 12 months and earned their place at the World Championships.
Hamed al Yahmadi, the event project manager at Oman Sail, said, “This is another great opportunity for Oman Sail to host the very best sailors from around the world. The fleet is incredibly strong and we are looking forward to an excellent week of sailing. Winter has been a very busy time for Oman Sail and Mussanah in particular with so many World and Asian Championships coming to our shores and we are delighted to once again show our ability as a world class host, formidable sailing nation and an emerging tourist destination.”
Originally slated to be held in Houston, USA, the event faced cancellation until Oman was selected as replacement hosts in July 2021 to ensure the championships could still take place.