Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Muscat's kids sign up in droves for sailing

by Muscat Daily/Sail-World Cruising on 23 Jul 2013
Oman’s kids take to the water .. .
Everywhere the sailing fraternity attempts to interest a new generation of kids in the wonders of the sailing life. In Oman, a country with little modern sailing history, the kids are taking up sailing as though it's just been discovered - and it has, for them...

The response to the Oman Sail Summer Sailing Camps was impressive this year that attendance targets were exceeded at all three sailing schools and 60 talented new sailors were identified as having the potential to join the Oman Sail Youth Programme supported by Omantel and Oman Shipping Company.

The month long camps, which this year started on June 4, and ended on July 4, were open to all Omani children aged between eight and 16 years old and offered an opportunity to gain practical sailing experience with fully qualified sailing instructors. A total of 395 youngsters, including 56 girls, registered at their respective schools nationwide to attend the camps. The Wave Muscat attracted 146 youngsters, 18 of whom were girls, Mussanah marina had 136 children, including 17 girls while Marina Bandar al Rowdha had 113 youngsters, including 21 girls.

'Our target for 2013 was 112 youngsters per sailing school and were encouraged by the response. The numbers were way more than we expected,' said Adel al Abri’s Oman Sail’s community sailing program manager. Registration for the summer sailing camps is done through the Ministry of Education schools, the main aim being to spread awareness of the benefits of a healthy, sporty lifestyle and the power of sport to contribute to the development of Oman.

More specifically the summer camps offer the opportunity to discover the physical advantages of sailing in a structured environment and the chance to learn, develop and improve sailing skills. 'Our plan is to make sailing accessible to as many people in the community as possible. The broader the sailing base we build, the easier it becomes for us to spot and select new talent for our ambitious 'pathway to excellence' Youth Programme that will hopefully produce Oman’s first Olympic medallist,' said Abri.

'This year our instructors were excited to identify about 20 new sailors from each sailing school with the talent to join our youth clubs. They are all highly motivated, have excellent attitude and the potential to join the excellence programme.' Other stand out qualities displayed by these young sailors, who are all only about ten years old, were an ability to learn fast, being able to listen well and do all that was required of them and being able to respond well to instruction.

'Places are limited for the sailing summer camps as they have to fit into the school holidays and also because of the limited number of instructors but the response and feedback we get from the community is always so very encouraging.
upffront 660x82NaiadBIA 2016 Sydney Boat Show 660x82

Related Articles

Reducing weight aloft with composite backstays
Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Every kilogram you take out of the rig is roughly equivalent to 4kg added to the bottom of your keel!
Posted on 26 Jul
Bavaria STYLE 46 Australian Premiere at Sydney International Boat Show
For everyone who appreciates luxury on the water, the STYLE package is now available for the Cruiser 46 and Cruiser 51?. For everyone who appreciates luxury on the water, the STYLE package is now available for the Cruiser 46 and Cruiser 51?. Making the most of your time on board, be it with family or friends, is becoming more important. Yacht owners want certain levels of comfort and an onboard living experience coupled with versatility.
Posted on 26 Jul
What to look for when buying a modern lifejacket
There is no doubt that modern lifejacket design has changed considerably. There is no doubt that modern lifejacket design has changed considerably and one of the biggest drivers of this change has been due to personal ownership. Rather than crew relying on lifejackets being on-board a boat, they want to own their own lifejacket as part of their kit bag.
Posted on 25 Jul
The New Bavaria Cruiser 34 - you won't believe this is a 34' yacht!
The Sydney International Boat Show sees the World Premiere of the Bavaria Cruiser 34 - 2 Cabin version. The Sydney International Boat Show sees the World and Australian Premiere of the Bavaria Cruiser 34 - 2 Cabin version. The new Cruiser 34 offers more space and more comfort than ever before with a bigger cockpit, dual helms and ergonomically designed seating. This is the first time the entry level Bavaria cruiser has been offered in twin helm!
Posted on 19 Jul
Navathome Australia brings RYA Theory to your door
The RYA Cruising Syllabus has been built up over years of best practice development in Sail and Power Boat skippering. The Royal Yachting Association Cruising Syllabus has been built up over years of best practice development in Sail and Power Boat skippering. Split into a theory and practical syllabus the training modules take you in steps from a Start Yachting orientation through to Yachtmaster for either power or sail.
Posted on 5 Jul
Free $US3,000 Carbon Vang with SouthernFurl boom orders in July
Southern Spars is giving a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July Southern Spars is giving away a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with all of their SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July. Carbon gas vangs make a great addition to the furling boom package, though if you’d prefer to keep your existing one, Southern Spars will offer you a 5% discount on the price of your boom instead.
Posted on 29 Jun
Newport Bermuda Race - High Noon takes honours
As the Newport Bermuda Race fleet rushed to the finish line on Monday in the wake of the first-to-finish boat, As the Newport Bermuda Race fleet rushed to the finish line on Monday in the wake of the first-to-finish boat, the powerful 100-foot grand prix Comanche, to the surprise of many they were led by an unusual boat and crew. High Noon, at 41 feet, is fully 59 feet shorter than Comanche and tens of feet shorter than many other entries.
Posted on 22 Jun
Platino recovery - Family confirms that tug has made rendezvous
Reports in social media say a salvage tug has made a rendezvous with the Platino earlier than expected. Reports in social media by family and friends of Nick Saull, the crew member killed during a catastrophic incident abroad the 66ft yacht Platino say the salvage tug which left on Tuesday night has made the rendezvous earlier than expected. The Facebook report says the tug, Sea Pelican, arrived on Friday morning, the weather in the area has eased and with a more favorable outlook.
Posted on 16 Jun
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron to ban bottled water
Approval has been given to create a ban on bottled water that comes in plastic containers. The RQYS Management Committee has confirmed that approval has been given to create a ban on bottled water that comes in plastic containers. This will place the club as a leader in environmental impact management in Australia and around the world. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club earlier this year did likewise. Who’s next?
Posted on 16 Jun
Platino recovery operation well underway as crew arrive in Auckland
An ocean-going tug has left Whangarei to locate and attempt to salvage the luxury yacht Platino An ocean-going tug left Whangarei late on Tuesday night to locate and attempt to salvage the luxury yacht Platino which has been abandoned 550km NE of New Zealand. Weather dependent, we could reach Platino by Saturday and have the yacht and body of the person on board back in New Zealand early next week,” says Inspector Graham of the NZ Police.
Posted on 16 Jun