Muscat Regatta - Inshore Dinghy Racing. The inshore dinghy regatta will be held at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha January 17th and18th 2014 - We look forward to seeing you there!

Muscat Regatta Preview

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Starts: Thursday 24th November 2011
Location: Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha, Muscat, Oman.

The largest sailing regatta in the Arabian Peninsular is now in its third year and firmly established as one of Oman’s major sporting events. The Muscat Regatta provides a wonderful opportunity for close to one hundred aspiring sailors from all over Oman to compete against international opposition at a spectacular occasion.

Hosted by the Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha, in association with the Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs and Ministry of Tourism. The 2011 Muscat Regatta includes inshore racing for yachts and dinghies on the 24th – 25th  November followed by the 230-mile offshore Chairman’s Cup Race from Muscat to Khasab, starting on the 26th  November with title sponsorship, once again generously provided by the Bank of Beirut. Substantial cash prizes will be awarded again this year and GWM Racing Ltd has again been appointed as regatta and race management consultants.

The Muscat Regatta is very much geared towards promoting young Omanis, mostly in their teenage years, who aspire to join the elite sailors from the Sultanate that compete at Grand Prix sailing events throughout the world. A significant number of international sailors also compete, giving the regatta a very competitive edge. The fleet of approximately 50 boats is separated into several different classes.

Hobie Cats
Powerful two-crew catamarans capable of tremendous speed and acceleration. Competitors’ agility and balance are crucial to success. With brightly coloured sails and great pace, Hobie Cats provide one of the most exciting and fastest disciplines in the sport.

Laser Class
The most popular single-handed dinghy in the world with more than 250,000 boats worldwide. Well-built and simple to sail, this class provides very competitive racing with races decided by just a few seconds. The Laser has been an Olympic class dinghy since 1996 and besides athletic ability, sailors require tactical skills and a spirited nature to succeed.

The award-winning dinghy is one of the world’s fastest growing sailboat brands for championship level racing. Simple to sail, strong and light, it is ideal for young or inexperienced sailors competing at the Muscat Regatta wishing to develop their skills.

Farr 30
Raced with a crew of five or six, the Farr 30 has been an ISAF World Championship Class since 1997, arguably the most exciting keelboat sailing class in history. With a huge sail plan and surfing hull shape, the Farr 30 is a yacht that loves to accelerate and is suitable for inshore racing around marks and coastal races. The Farr 30 fleet will be competing at the Muscat Regatta and also The Chairman’s Cup offshore race to Khasab.

The largest yachts racing at the regatta will be a variety of sailing yachts racing under the IRC Handicap rule, which is used throughout the world to race yachts of different sizes and performance. The 230-mile Chairman’s Cup race is a test of seamanship and stamina. The race is non-stop, both day and night. Sleep will be a luxury for the international teams which comes from all over the world including; Australia, Germany, Great Britain, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Captain Abdul Aziz bin Vahya bin Hamoud leads the Oman Royal Navy Team and will be hoping to repeat their success in 2009. The team will hope to lift the coveted Chairman’s Cup for a second time and a share of the US $50,000 prize fund generously donated by the Bank of Beirut.

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