Oman Sail's Hussain Al Jabri to race Sail The Gulf 2013 ahead of Mussanah Race Week

Thursday, 21 February 2013


After just a year with Oman Sail, 24-year-old Hussain Al Jabri is showing promise. In 2012 he won Gold at the Singapore Laser Trophy and has been training hard ahead of the 2013 dinghy season, which kicks off with Qatar’s Sail The Gulf regatta at the Doha Sailing Club during 20-23 Feb.

After just a year with Oman Sail, 24-year-old Hussain Al Jabri is showing promise. In 2012 he won Gold at the Singapore Laser Trophy and has been training hard ahead of the 2013 dinghy season, which kicks off with Qatar’s Sail The Gulf regatta at the Doha Sailing Club during 20-23 Feb.

The young sailor is using this event to develop his ability against an international fleet and as training for upcoming national dinghy regatta Mussanah Race Week, which starts on 10 March. Mussanah is in turn being used by a large international fleet as a warm up on Omani waters ahead of the Laser World Championship that starts in November of this year.

Al Jabri will line up against a fleet of 14 sailors from Bahrain, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, the Netherlands and Russia during the five day event. The Laser class is one of nine and Al Jabri is one of 220 sailors from 21 countries competing in the regatta.

"His fitness level and determination are the main strengths that qualified him to be selected in the National squad," said Rashid Al Kindi, Chairman of Oman’s Sailing Committee and National Team Manager at Oman Sail. 

“Hussain has developed very fast and has shown promising skills to excel in the sport. There are some great sailing talents in the region, and competitions like Sail the Gulf and Mussanah Race Week showcase and develop these talents by pitting them against international experts.

"Our objective is to engage Hussain and our other National sailors in the Olympic classes at both regional and international training camps and regattas to intensify their development and raise their level to prepare them for major international competition, including the Laser World Championships at the end of the year in Oman. Our overriding goal is to see our sailors at the 2020 Olympics Games.”

About Sail The Gulf:

Sail The Gulf is hosted by the Doha Sailing Club in Qatar from 19-23 February. The 2013 fleet includes 220 sailors from 21 Countries including: Algeria, Bahrain, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Qatar, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, United Arabs Emirates and the United Kingdom. 
Classes and number of participants: Optimist (50); Laser 4.7 (22); Laser Radial (23); Laser Standard (15); Hobie 16 (4); 420 (5); 470 (10); 29er (10)  

About Mussanah Race Week in Oman: Warm-up for 2013 Laser World Championships

Oman's very successful annual International dinghy regatta Mussanah Race Week takes place from 10-16 March at Al Mussanah Sports City, Oman. The event includes a 5-day racing schedule and provides two days free access to coaching from some of the world’s best sailors and professionals who have competed at the very highest levels of the sport.

Mussanah Race Week takes place at the same venue as the 2013 Laser Standard World Championship, Laser Masters World Championship & Laser Radial Youth World Championship, so it is a great opportunity to experience the venues excellent facilities and conditions. To find out more, please go to: http://www.mussanahraceweek.com/en/

Daphne Morgan Barnicoat

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 February 2013 )