Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 2024 June Ropes Leaderboard

2022 RS Venture Connect World Championship - Day 4

by Oman Sail 26 Nov 2022 07:18 PST 24-27 November 2022
2022 RS Venture Connect World Championship - Day 4 © Oman Sail

The fourth day of racing at the 2022 RS Venture Connect World Championships organised by Oman Sail brought with it yet more exceptional sailing and many more surprises.

Oman's Sultan Al Wahaibi and Ahmed Al Balushi lead the Open category, accruing one win and one second place finish from today's races and staying one point ahead of Genevieve Wickham and Grant Alderson of Australia, and three points ahead of Clementine Gorisse and Lucien Bermont of France.

Piotr Cichcoki and Olga Gornas-Grudzien of Poland shone on day three, scoring a win and a second place to lead the Para category by seven points from Sweden's Fia Fjelddahl and Patric Rosenberg. Ange Margaron and Olivier Ducruix of France are in third, just one point back from second, and fourth to 10th are separated by just five points in a close fleet.

Malik Al Qartobi and Ghalya Al Jabri currently sit in joint 12th position, seven points behind the medal placings. Zaher Al Atbi and Ali Al Ghasaini are in 18th place after struggling with a disqualification earlier in the week, Hassan Al Lawati and Sami Al Sulaimi two points back in 20th. Rayyan Al Mujaini and Hamed Al Subhi also encountered problems following a premature start, ending the fleet racing in 22nd, and Adil Al Siyabi and Nasser Al Rahbi finished in 25th.

Dan Jaspers, International Business Development at RS Sailing, said, "This is the first time we have held an RS Venture Connect event outside of Europe, and this decision has paid off with an increase in participating teams. As a venue, as a destination, the Barceló Mussanah Resort has proved very popular with sailors, and indeed their families. Having everything so close in one venue is amazing for the competition and the feedback has been excellent. The dedicated team at Oman Sail has been incredible and very helpful in managing the event, ensuring we can tune the arrangements to the changing day-to-day needs of sailors."

"There is a great legacy to this event and the SailFree program is a real credit to Oman Sail, bp Oman and the Oman Paralympic Committee. The performance of the sailors so far this week is something the whole of Oman should be very proud of. Oman is a key location for the RS class and we see this as a hub for growing inclusive sailing across Asia, especially with the #BacktheBid and #SailtoLA campaign from World Sailing to reinstate sailing to the paralympics. Being able to increase the number of nations competing in the RS class in a venue where equipment can be supplied really helps to attract more teams, and this event has had the most participating nations of any para class event in the last two years."

An exhibition featuring representatives of SMEs owned by people with disabilities kicked off today and will be present for the remainder of the championships, showing the innovation and creativity of people across Oman who have started their own business.

Athletes and coaches also took part in a special celebration in honour of Oman National Day, held under the patronage of HH Sayyida Hujaija Al Said, Chair of the Association for the Welfare of Handicapped Children.

Racing continues tomorrow when the Group Finals get under way ahead of the Grand Finals on Sunday. In total, there are 36 teams and representing 18 nations at the 2022 RS Venture Connect World Championships, the first exclusively para sailing event to take place in Oman.

The RS Venture Connect World Championships is supported by bp Oman, the Oman Paralympic Committee, Oman Maritime Sports Committee, Oman Air, the Barceló Mussanah Resort, Tanuf, the International Maritime College Oman (IMCO), RS Sailing, and environmental partners Clean Seas and Environment Society of Oman (ESO).

Related Articles

SailFree wins Best Sports Event CSR Initiative
At the prestigious Middle East Sports Industry Awards 2023 Oman Sail's pioneering programme, SailFree, has won gold for the Best Sports Event CSR Initiative category at the prestigious Middle East Sports Industry Awards 2023 (SPIA). Posted on 4 May 2023
Oman Sail's SailFree programme shortlisted
For Best Sports Event CSR Initiative Oman Sail's SailFree programme has been nominated as a finalist in the Best Sports Event CSR Initiative category at the prestigious Middle East Sports Industry Awards 2023 (SPIA). Posted on 3 May 2023
Oman Sail CEO Dr Khamis Al Jabri recognised
Named in Best 100 Arabian CEO of the Year by G2T Global Awards Dr Khamis Al Jabri, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Sail, has been named in the top rated 100 Arabian CEOs of the year by the G2T Global Awards. Posted on 1 May 2023
2023 44Cup Oman overall
Ceeref come from behind winner Usually racing on the 44Cup between the high performance owner-driver one designs is tight with ties or just single points separating the leaders. Posted on 5 Mar 2023
2023 44Cup Oman Day 3
New faces to the fore While Nico Poons' Charisma, the 2022 44Cup Champion, is the event's runaway leader, albeit still catchable, on day three of the 44Cup Oman several other teams had the opportunity to shine. Posted on 4 Mar 2023
2023 44Cup Oman Day 2
Poons' Charisma takes the lead Day two of the 44Cup Oman started off sedate as forecast, but finished with the wind gusting to 20 knots, providing further 'yeehaa' moments for the nine crews as they clung on, blasting off on the downwinds into the building sea state. Posted on 3 Mar 2023
2023 44Cup Oman Day 1
Bone shaker opener The 2023 44Cup set sail today with the opening races of the 44Cup Oman Cup, hosted by Oman Sail from its base in Muscat's Al Mouj marina in 20+ knot winds. Posted on 3 Mar 2023
44Cup Oman overall
Victory for Team Nika in Oman, but Charisma dominates the 44Cup season On the concluding day of the 2022 44Cup's final event, the 44Cup Oman, PRO Maria Torrijo defied the odds and was able to stage three races. Posted on 11 Dec 2022
44Cup Oman Day 3
Team Aqua into the lead as local team shines The forecast for the penultimate day of the 44Cup Oman was for either a moderate northeasterly or for a light northwesterly. In fact the near non-existent gradient breeze and the similarly soft sea breeze made it a tricky day. Posted on 10 Dec 2022
44Cup Oman Day 2
A-Teams on the rise After a light start, conditions were optimum off Muscat's Al Mouj Marina for day two of the 44Cup Oman, the fifth and concluding event of the 2022 44Cup. Posted on 9 Dec 2022
Armstrong 728x90 - HA Foil Range - BOTTOMDoyle_SailWorld_728X90px-05 BOTTOMRooster Women's Wetsuit Range