Oman to host 50th World Youth Sailing Championships in 2021 – Live Sail Die

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World Sailing is delighted to announce that the 50th Annual Youth Sailing World Championships presented by Hempel will be held in Mussanah Sports City, Oman, from December 11-18, 2021.

Mussanah Sports City has hosted several Olympic-class sailing events, including the Laser World Championships in 2013 and the RS: X World Championships in 2015. In April of this year, the site hosted the Mussanah Open 2021 Championship, a qualifying event for Tokyo 2020 for Africans and Asian nations.

Located about 100 km north of Muscat International Airport, Mussanah is a specially designed premium sports venue capable of hosting large-scale events and hosting hundreds of athletes. It is renowned for its high quality sailing conditions all year round. In December, temperatures are expected to average around 24 ° C, while the average wind force is expected to be around 10-17 knots.

Quanhai Li, President of World Sailing, said, “Over the past five decades, the World Youth Sailing Championships have given young athletes around the world the opportunity to show their talent and compete against the best of the competition.

“Youth Worlds also allow young sailors to discover the importance of sport and fair competition, and to form lasting friendships with like-minded people from all corners of the world. This is an extremely important event in our calendar, and it is with great pleasure that we can announce this year’s hosts. I have no doubts that Oman Sail will put on a fantastic show.

David Graham, Managing Director of World Sailing, said: “The sailors at the Youth World Championships are the future stars of our sport and we aim to give them the best possible experience. We were very impressed with the entries from Oman and Malta, and it was a difficult choice for the evaluation panel, both venues demonstrating the expertise needed to host a memorable championship.

“Oman’s facilities and exceptional sailing conditions will help make this World Youth Championship unforgettable for all participants.

Dr Khamis Al Jabri, Managing Director of Oman Sail, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the host country for the 2021 Junior World Sailing Championships presented by Hempel, following a very strong application process. competitive. Oman has a proven track record of hosting major international sporting events, and we look forward to welcoming the best young sailors from around the world to experience the legendary hospitality and majestic waters of the Sultanate later this year.

“With its superb maritime facilities, Mussanah is internationally recognized as a premier destination for sailing events. I look forward to seeing our exceptional staging and race management teams organize another momentous event on our shores that will have lasting socio-economic benefits for the Sultanate of Oman. “

World Sailing has received two high quality bids to host the 2021 Youth Worlds, with Oman being selected ahead of Valletta, Malta by a Youth Worlds review panel before final Board approval.

The Youth Worlds will be an excellent example of Oman’s commitment to the environment with the preservation of natural resources integrated into every activity. As part of Oman Vision 2040 priorities, hosting this tournament will raise awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability and ensure protection of Oman’s beautiful natural landscape in the long term.

The last Youth Sailing World Championships were held in Gydnia, Poland in 2019, where 409 sailors from 66 countries competed in nine youth events, including the boys and girls divisions of the 29er, 420, RS: X and Laser Radial, as well as the mixed multihull, the Nacra 15. The 2020 World Youth Championships were scheduled to be held in Salvador, Brazil, in December 2020, but the event was unfortunately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Planning for this year’s edition of the event has taken into consideration all relevant precautions required for all those traveling to Oman, and more information regarding the event will be announced in due course.

About the worlds of youth

First organized in Sweden in 1971, the World Junior Sailing Championships are World Sailing’s flagship event for young sailors.

Notable former winners include American’s Cup skippers Chris Dickson (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL) and Dean Barker (NZL); Olympic medalists Nathan Outteridge (AUS), Iain Jensen (AUS), Robert Scheidt (BRA), Amelie Lux (GER), Ben Ainslie (GBR), Iain Percy (GBR), Alessandra Sensini (ITA), Elise Rechichi (AUS) and Tessa Parkinson (AUS); and Ocean Race sailors Stuart Bannatyne (NZL) and Richard Clarke (CAN). The most successful junior world champions are Sally Cuthbert (GBR) and Zofia Klepacka (POL), having won four consecutive titles in Laser II and Mistral respectively.

Following the success of its athletes during the 2019 edition, Spain is the current holder of the Nations Trophy, awarded each year to the best performing nation at the Youth Worlds.

About Oman Sail

Operating under Oman Tourism Development Company, Oman Sail is responsible for reviving the country’s maritime eminence, promoting the Sultanate to the world through sailing, contributing to the nation’s lasting prosperity, and providing opportunities for tourism. long-term learning for young people. Since 2008, Oman Sail has built a solid foundation around sailing, tourism, trade, health and the environment, all supported by skills-based development of its workforce. Committed to providing men and women with equal opportunities to learn, Oman Sail’s programs focus on training young talent to develop the sailing champions of tomorrow, increasing revenues in the tourism, activities and experiential learning and gaining significant international exposure for the country. The company has a strong track record in providing a portfolio of events across the Sultanate to showcase Oman’s natural beauty, tourism potential, hospitality of people and preparation of infrastructure for business opportunities. More information can be found at www.omansail.com

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