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!

Wonderful conditions in Muscat

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After a short delay, racing the 2011 Muscat Regatta got underway. The fifty-boat fleet left the safe confines of Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha to a gentle easterly wind that had filled in across the racecourse. The four classes experienced sparkling conditions with clear blue skies and calm seas. The light winds stayed constant all day, providing some close racing action in the shadow of the magnificent Jebel Akhdar Mountains.



The 24 strong RS Q’BA fleet, racing for the Nawras Cup, enjoyed a tight course close to the beach at Al Bustan Palace. The competitors were composed of Omani sailors in their teenage years, many of whom dream of racing in the big boat classes. Bshar Al-Jabri, a student from the Rashid bin Al Nadher school, had a very consistent day on the water and was rewarded by claiming the overall lead after coming second in both races. Race One saw Mohammed Ali Al Wahaibi take the gun. However, Ibtisam Al Salmi won the second race by some margin. The young Omani girl, correctly chose to start away from the rest of the fleet to gain a big advantage and win the last race of the day. Naseer Salem Al-Rezaki and Mohammed Al-Muaimi raced well today and are also very much in contention for the class title.


Nine sailors are competing in the class for the Thales Cup and after a close battle on the water, Ken Greene leads by the narrowest of margins from Omani youngster, Hamza. Greene is just three quarters of a point ahead of Hamza with Ahmed Bin Humaid Bin Khifan Al Shamsi in third place overall. Yousef Bin Hamed Bin Khaseeb Al Sheyadi finished the day in fine style by winning the last race of the day.



Eleven Hobie 16s are racing for the Eurocopter Cup and five of the teams are very much in contention after two close races. Musab Alhadi & Ahmed Al Balushi lead overall, on account of coming second in both races. Tied on points for second place are Giles & Jules Brinsley together with Paul Waklin & Asrar Aljami. There is also no difference between Sullaman & Abdul Latif, who have the same points as Akram Al Wahaibi & Hashim Al Rashdi. The Hobie 16 Class is extremely competitive; only three points separate the top five teams, so there is all to play for tomorrow.



On the water, the Farr 30 Class was a joy to behold, exhibiting exciting close racing. The powerful yachts were in close quarters, dancing along the water, swapping tacks and gybes. Abdalah Al Farsi steering for Oman Sail may have won both of today’s races but there was barely a moment when the class was far apart. Ahmed Al Marmari steering the second Oman Sail entry lies second with the Royal Navy of Oman team in third.

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