8,000 people expected to attend Oman Sail's beach sailing events

(MENAFN – Muscat Daily) A record crowd of 8,000 people are expected at the Sohar launch of Oman Sail’s 2013 nationwide series of fun and healthy themed weekend beach sailing events supported by Omantel and Oman Shipping Company that offer the chance to try sailing and other water sports.

There will be eight boats manned by Oman Sail sailing instructors, windsurfing shows, water sports and beach activities plus a children’s area with a bouncy castle, face painting and lots more on October 25 and 26 October near the Sohar Beach Hotel each day from 10am to 5.30pm. It is the second annual staging of the highly popular event in Sohar with last year’s event attracting 6,000 Omanis and members of the expat community. Oman Sail director of events, Issa al Ismaili, said a bumper opening event was expected in Sohar. ”Last year a new attendance record was set in Sohar and with so much anticipation and excitement already apparent we are expecting an even bigger crowd this year.

”We are especially grateful to Omantel and Oman Shipping Company whose co-sponsorship has ensured the continuation of these popular events and made it possible for us to include Sur as a new venue this year.” Tarik al Junaidi, acting CEO, Oman Shipping Company, cosponsor of the Oman Sail Youth Programme, urged people in Sohar to lead the way by making the first social beach sailing event of the year the biggest and best so far.

”This is the start of the third annual beach sailing series and it is precisely because of the unprecedented popularity of these events that we feel privileged to co-sponsor them. ”It offers the chance to rekindle our great maritime heritage through a fun and exciting sport, an opportunity to learn a new set of life skills and a way to lead a fit and healthy outdoor lifestyle. ” Dr Amer Awadh al Rawas, CEO of Omantel, co-sponsor of the Oman Sail Youth Programme said Omanis were defined as much by the country’s magnificent oceans as their mountains and desert.

”We are so proud to extend our sponsorship to the Sailing events of Oman Sail Youth Programme with the objective of enabling greater numbers of Omanis and members of the expat community to join and enjoy sailing. We look forward to welcoming them all.” Oman Sail offers a range of sailing courses and water sport activities at their established sailing schools at The Wave, Muscat, Bandar al Rowdha and Musannah Sports City. Oman Sail’s national racing team manager Rashid al Kindi said youngsters who show the most talent can join the Oman Sail Youth Programme’s ”pathway to excellence” and be groomed for the highest levels of competitive sailing through special training clinics and regular national ranking qualification regattas.

”Many of our young sailors are already representing Oman at regional, international and world championship level and becoming inspirational role models for their peers. Our ultimate goal is for them to represent Oman at the Olympic Games,” said Kindi. The Wave, Muscat is also the only Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised power boat school in Oman with instruction given by six talented young Omani RYA recognised instructors. A full set of dive courses is also offered at Oman Sail’s internationally certified PADI Dive School at Mussanah Sports

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