Muscat – The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) presented the 11th Sultan Qaboos Sailing Award in Dunkirk, France, aligning with the sultanate’s 53rd National Day and reflecting Oman’s commitment to sailing on both regional and international stages.
The prestigious award this year was bestowed upon the Polish sailing ship Dar Mlodziezy during the closing ceremony of the annual sailing conference hosted by the International Association for Training in Sailing (ISSA). The ceremony was held under the patronage of Azza bint Hamoud al Busaidiyah, Charge d’Affairs of Oman’s Embassy in Paris.
Initiated in Norway in 2011, following the directives of the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Sultan Qaboos Sailing Award, managed by the RNO in collaboration with ISSA, is recognised as one of the most esteemed awards in the sailing world. It symbolises strong support for training of sailing globally and embodies values of brotherhood, cooperation, and the fostering of peace and love.
The ceremony saw the presence of Brig Gen Mohammed bin Hamoud al Zadjali, Chief Staff Officer of RNO, along with the military attache at the Embassy of Oman in Paris, several RNO officers, and the President of ISSA.
Azza highlighted that the award mirrors the Sultanate of Oman’s dedication to sailing and its support for youth, including those with disabilities. It also serves as a beacon of peace, coexistence, and cultural heritage preservation, reinforcing Oman’s long-standing maritime legacy.
Brig Gen Zadjali emphasised the award’s role in commemorating and extending Oman’s illustrious maritime history.
“It aims to foster teamwork and bolster expertise in sailing across the globe.”
Jonathan Cheshire, chairman of ISSA, acknowledged the ongoing partnership between RNO and ISSA in sailing endeavours. He noted the award’s substantial success over the years, facilitating numerous young sailors from various countries to participate in diverse sailing festivals and races.