Laser Men’s World Sailing Championships open in Oman

Laser Men’s World Championships 2013 opening ceremony
The 2013 Laser Men's World Sailing Championships were welcomed, along with the world's sailing community, to Oman on Saturday with a lavish opening ceremony to mark the start of the class's first ever sailing world championships at Mussanah Sports City.

The ceremony was attended by His Excellency Sayyid Bader bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Secretary General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, plus other dignitaries and VIPs and around 130 competitors who have flown on from around the world, representing 51 nations.

They were ushered in by young Oman Sail Youth Programme sailors bearing large national flags and by a band of Omani drummers before His Excellency Rashad Al Hinai, Undersecretary of Ministry of Sports Affairs officially welcomed the 300 guests to the venue, which was designed and built specifically to host world class Olympic standard sailing events.

'With the cooperation of Oman Sail, the Ministry of Sports Affairs has exerted great efforts to obtain approval for the hosting the 2013 Laser Men’s World Sailing Championships and also the ISAF youth championships in 2016,' His Excellency said:

Laser Men's World Championships 2013

'All this falls in the framework of the Sultanate’s belief that these international competitions will play an important role in contributing to human development in Oman, promoting the country as a high- end tourist and investment destination, attracting sports enthusiasts to the country, and enhancing the Sultanate’s position as a country that has the state of the art facilities that can support international sailing events.'

Hugh Leicester, Vice President of the International Laser Class Association added: 'The Laser class is very happy to be here in Oman for the 2013 Laser World Championships.

'We are honoured to be the first sailing World Championship to be celebrated in Oman and look forward to a great week of challenging sailing supplied by the 130 sailors from 51 Countries and all six continents.

'In a short time Oman Sail has become a worldwide brand. Its achievement in developing sailing in Oman has been incredible.'

Throughout the hour long ceremony, the accent was firmly on youth with members of the Oman Sail Youth Programme carrying the three trophies that will be awarded to the winners of the Laser Standard World Championships, the Laser World Masters and the Laser Radial Youth World regattas between now and January.

The importance of the youth programme was given top billing since inspiring and developing Omani youth has become a key part of Oman Sail’s plan to create a sailing legacy in Oman. Young sailors made special gifts to the guests of honour amid a vibrant spectacle of flashing lights and exuberant music.

'Seeing Oman play such a big part in the launch of these World Championships made me feel very proud,' said Omani sailor Ahmed Al Hasani, who will be on the start line on Sunday when the first race of the Championships gets underway.

Laser Men's World Championships 2013

'There are many of us who have been inspired by the development of sailing in the Sultanate and have been lucky enough to be involved so this is an opportunity for the rest of the world to see what is happening and even perhaps what lies ahead.'

Already the Mussanah Sports City venue has been highly praised by competitors, many of whom have been on site for a fortnight in preparation for the World Championships.

'This is a very good technical race area,' said eight time Laser World Champion Robert Scheidt who after a nine year break has returned to racing in the Laser class in preparation for the Olympic Games in his home city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

'There are mostly light to medium winds and the shifts phase in every five minutes from left and right so there is no favoured side to the course and you have to start always in a positive frame of mind. It is crucial to get off the line in clear air. Even if you are the best sailor in the world, you have to get clear air at the start and give yourself options or you will soon be in trouble.'

Racing in the Laser Standard World Championships begins at 1300hrs GST (Gulf Standard Time) on Sunday November 17 with two race starts of 60 boats each. Two back to back races are scheduled each day until the final on Saturday November 23.

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Entry List

  Sailor Sail# Country 
1Manuel Lelo ANGANG1 ANG 
2Julio Alsogaray ARG200514 ARG 
3Ashley Brunning AUS199014 AUS 
4Tom Burton AUS199012 AUS 
5Luke Elliott AUS203004 AUS 
6Mitchell Kennedy AUS203759 AUS 
7Jeremy OConnell AUS202863 AUS 
8Ryan Palk AUS203771 AUS 
9Matthew Wearn AUS203770 AUS 
10Jared West AUS203758 AUS 
11Wannes Van Laer BEL202016 BEL 
12Matheus Dellagnelo BRA123456 BRA 
13Bruno Fontes BRA123456 BRA 
14Robert Scheidt BRA176622 BRA 
15Abdulrahim Abdulla BRN191122 BRN 
16Abdulla Janahi BRN197151 BRN 
17Robert Davis CAN200610 CAN 
18Alexander Heinzemann CAN197160 CAN 
19Evert Mclaughlin CAN203633 CAN 
20Lee Parkhill CAN197120 CAN 
21Tom Ramshaw CAN197561 CAN 
22David Wright CAN199330 CAN 
23Matias Del Solar CHI161167 CHI 
24Filip JuriŠiC CRO197294 CRO 
25Daniel Mihelic CRO202974 CRO 
26Tonci Stipanovic CRO204731 CRO 
27Pavlos Kontides CYP203598 CYP 
28Viktor Teplý CZE169433 CZE 
29Martin Trcka CZE192589 CZE 
30Thorbjoern Schierup DEN192676 DEN 
31Stig Steinfurth DEN201408 DEN 
32Guillermo Flaquer DOM196128 DOM 
33Mohammad Al-shatouri EGY197075 EGY 
34Ahmed Ragab EGY199565 EGY 
35Joaquin Blanco Albalat ESP197295 ESP 
36Rogel Jesus ESP204673 ESP 
37Kaarel Kruusmägi EST192655 EST 
38Karl-martin Rammo EST203724 EST 
39Mattias Lindfors FIN198227 FIN 
40Kaarle Tapper FIN202978 FIN 
41Jean-baptiste Bernaz FRA196700 FRA 
42Jules Ferrer FRA201776 FRA 
43Eliot Merceron FRA203697 FRA 
44Antony Munos FRA200239 FRA 
45Lorenzo Brando Chiavarini GBR202453 GBR 
46Ben Cornish GBR204887 GBR 
47Martin Evans GBR205648 GBR 
48Elliot Hanson GBR201404 GBR 
49Alex Mills-barton GBR203084 GBR 
50Matt Reid GBR204005 GBR 
51Nick Thompson GBR201402 GBR 
52Jack Wetherell GBR201481 GBR 
53Philipp Buhl GER203170 GER 
54Nils Herrmann GER200080 GER 
55Hannes Hollaender GER204697 GER 
56Tobias Schadewaldt GER203739 GER 
57Juan Maegli GUA123456 GUA 
58Jasvir Singh IND202241 IND 
59Gajender Singh IND202240 IND 
60James Espey IRL192703 IRL 
61Colin Leonard IRL204159 IRL 
62Ahmad Ahmadi IRN194819 IRN 
63Cy Thompson ISV204048 ISV 
64Michele Benamati ITA204313 ITA 
65Marco Benini ITA204305 ITA 
66Giovanni Coccoluto ITA204701 ITA 
67Marco Gallo ITA196685 ITA 
68Francesco Marrai ITA205243 ITA 
69Alessio Spadoni ITA205247 ITA 
71Kenji Nanri JPN196466 JPN 
72Kazumasa Segawa JPN165809 JPN 
73Masaaki Taniguchi JPN199070 JPN 
74Shinnosuke Yasuda JPN187427 JPN 
75Vladimir Chshankin KAZ186740 KAZ 
76Ruslan Jangazov KAZ200030 KAZ 
77Jeemin Ha KOR204908 KOR 
78Hyunsoo Yoon KOR203808 KOR 
79Karolis Janulionis LTU202989 LTU 
80Martis Pajarskas LTU202773 LTU 
81Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy MAS196120 MAS 
82Alexandr Denisiuc MDA197700 MDA 
83Milivoj Dukic MNE199826 MNE 
84Igor Les MNE203345 MNE 
85Douwe Broekens NED204270 NED 
86Nicholas Heiner NED204566 NED 
87Yuri Hummel NED204272 NED 
88Rutger Schaardenburg NED204567 NED 
89Kristian Ruth NOR204758 NOR 
90Michael Cate NZL196406 NZL 
91George Lane NZL192612 NZL 
92Andrew Maloney NZL203776 NZL 
93Sam Meech NZL196871 NZL 
94Thomas Saunders NZL202679 NZL 
95Hussain Al Jabri OMA199765 OMA 
96Ahmed Albalushi OMA199632 OMA 
97Ahmed Alhasani OMA199642 OMA 
98Stefano Peschiera PER199998 PER 
99Aleksander Arian POL196962 POL 
100Jonasz Stelmaszyk POL202671 POL 
101Kacper Zieminski POL196898 POL 
102Gustavo Lima POR202210 POR 
103Rui Silveira POR203371 POR 
104Waleed Al-sharshani QAT184911 QAT 
105Sergey Komissarov RUS202692 RUS 
106Maxim Nikolaev RUS171513 RUS 
107Colin Cheng SIN201153 SIN 
108Scott Sydney SIN199258 SIN 
109Nik Pletikos SLO199698 SLO 
110Zan Luka Zelko SLO191141 SLO 
111Guillaume Girod SUI199025 SUI 
112Janik Roempp SUI200895 SUI 
113Emil Cedergardh SWE204437 SWE 
114Jesper Stålheim SWE204666 SWE 
115Andrew Lewis TRI184116 TRI 
116Youssef Akrout TUNTUN 1 TUN 
117Onur Bilgen TUR157311 TUR 
118Utku Gönener TUR172552 TUR 
119Güneycan Kaptan TUR111905 TUR 
120Valeriy Kudryashov UKR171268 UKR 
121Georgii Paches UKR204532 UKR 
122Chris Barnard USA194180 USA 
123Erik Bowers USA203751 USA 
124Charlie Buckingham USA182345 USA 
125Clayton Johnson USA204841 USA 
126Luke Muller USA191997 USA 
127Frederick Vranizan USA197265 USA 
128Marek Zaleski USA180521 USA