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Al Bareh International Regatta in Bahrain a great chance for Oman boys to show their mettle

21 Jun 2022

Muscat – Oman Sail’s youth team will compete in the 29th annual Al Bareh International Regatta at Bahrain Maritime Sports Association off the coast of Al Jazaeer Beach, Zallaq, from Wednesday to Saturday.

The team comprises seven sailors, who will compete in ILCA 4 and ILCA 6 classes as part of a 54-strong fleet from seven nations – Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia and UAE, besides Oman and hosts Bahrain.

Elyas al Fadhli, Osama al Zadjali, Ablaj al Dughaishi, Al Salim al Hamdani and Nibras al Owaisi will compete in the ILCA 4 class, while Al Motasem Hamood al Farsi and AbdulMalik al Hinai will fight it out in the ILCA 6 class.

Led by coach Ahmed Al Waheibi and with Mohammed Al Balushi as team leader, Oman boys are keen to impress and show how much progress they have made this season and the competition will be an ideal opportunity for them.

Hashim Al Rashdi, Oman Sail’s Head of Performance, said, “We are looking forward to what will be a very interesting test of the progress our sailors have made. The Al Bareh International Regatta is one of the longest-running regattas in the region and we will be looking to continue Oman’s strong track record of good performances. This will also serve as vital practice as we prepare for regattas throughout the year and develop the skills and experience of our young team.”

Mohammed Al Balushi, Team Leader and Centre Manager of the Oman Sail Mussanah Sailing School, said: “Our team has improved a lot already this year and the chance to sail against the peers from across the region will be a tough test. We are looking forward to travelling to Bahrain and putting our training into practice. The competition will give our young sailors a chance to impress and identify areas of additional development as we build towards a busy second half of the year.”

Alongside racing in ILCA 4 and ILCA 6 classes, fleets in Optimist and ILCA 7 Standard will also be competing. Each class will consist of 10 races where the top three places will be decided. After the conclusion of the Al Bareh Sailing International Regatta, the team will return to Oman and prepare for the upcoming Optimist World Championship from June 27 to July 7.

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