Asian Windsurfing Championship 2021 Al Mussanah
15 ott 2021
Oman Sail welcomed sailors from around the world to Al Mussanah marking a return of sailing events this quarter of the year. The Asian Windsurfing Championships kicked off today at the Barcelo Mussanah Resort, bringing together a select group of talented windsurfers in the Techno293, Techno293Plus as well as the brand-new foiling Formula Windsurfing class, which is making its debut at the championships this week.
Under light winds the predominantly-Omani fleet showcased the depth of local talent across all classes and demonstrated the potential of Oman as a world-class sporting venue after an enforced hiatus.
The 2021 Asian Windsurfing Championships is the first in a busy period for Oman Sail and Al- Mussanah Sports City. Next two months youth and experienced sailors from around the world are set to touch down in the Sultanate to compete in 7 sailing events.
Day 1 – Overall Results T293
1) Abdullah Al Sarhi 3.0
2) Omar Al Qartoubi 9.0
3) Abdulrahman Al Mujaini 9.0
Day 1 – Overall Results Formula Foil
1) Abdualmajeed Al Hadhrami 3.0
2) Makhtar Al Mujaini 8.0
3) Hammad Al Mujaini 10.0
The Asian Windsurfing Championships kicked off amid perfect conditions in Mussanah. Full sun and light winds between 5-8 knots on each of the first three days have helped the surfers perform at their very best. With three more days of racing still to come, each of the classes is finely poised.
Local surfers hold the lead in all three classes at the midway point. Abdullah Al Sarhi leads the Techno293 Plus class from Omar Al Qartoubi, after winning five of the six races so far. Ali Al Sarhi. Mohammad Al Sarhi is the highest ranked Techno293 rider, ranked fourth overall, level on points with Abdul Rahman Al Mujaini and narrowly ahead of India’s Sachin Ganesh of India.
In the Formula Foil class Abdul Majeed Al Hadhrami is currently in first place after notching three successive victories. Makhtar Al Mujaini and Hammad Al Mujaini currently sit second and third respectively.
Sultan Al Balushi, Windsurfing Coach at Oman Sail, said, “The first three days of competition have been exceptional. In perfect conditions we have seen a strong fleet of Omani sailors realise their potential on home waters and excel against tough competition. With three more days of racing still to come, there is all to play for and we look forward to more excellent surfing from all competitors.”
Techno293 Plus and Techno293 surfers will compete in up to 15 races with a maximum of four per day. Formula Foil will be decided in a championship series of up to 25 races with a maximum of six per day. Racing continues until Saturday 16 October when the medal positions will be decided and prizes presented at a closing ceremony attended by official delegates from Oman Sail and the International Windsurfing Association.
Omani windsurfers triumph on home waters at the Asian Windsurfing Championships
The Asian Windsurfing Championships came to a close with local windsurfers claiming the top prizes in the perfect conditions of Al Mussanah Sports City. Light winds between 5-8 knots every day produced an exciting competition where windsurfing talent thrived.
Abdullah Al Sarhi won twelve of his 13 races in the Techno293 Plus class to take gold, with Omar Al Qartoubi claiming silver and Ali Al Sarhi in the bronze medal. In the Techno293 class, Mohammed Al Sarhi ended the event as the highest ranked competitor, taking first position narrowly from AbdulRahman Al Mujaini in second and Sachin Ganesh of India in third.
In the Formula Foil class, making its debut at this year’s Asian Windsurfing Championships, AbdulMajeed Al Hadhrami won nice out of 10 races to take gold. Brothers Makhtar Al Mujaini ended the event in second to take silver by four points ahead of Hammad Al Mujaini.
The windsurfers received their medals at a closing ceremony held under the auspices of the Governor of Al Batinah South. His Excellency Issa bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Azri and in the presence of Eng. Mohammed bin Salim Al Busaidi, Chairman of OMRAN, and Dr. Khamis bin Salim Al Jabri Oman Sail CEO.
Dr. Khamis Al Jabri, Oman Sail CEO, said, “At a time when international travel is restricted for so many in the Asian region, we are delighted that such a young fleet was able to perform at a high level. The quality on show this week bodes well for the future of Asian windsurfing. The addition of the Formula Foil to the Asian Windsurfing Championships added an exciting new dimension to the event and we hope that the class will continue to grow. We are grateful to the surfers who were able to travel and look forward to welcoming them back to Oman in the future.”