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2-10 April 2021 / Mussanah, Oman

2021 Mussanah Open Championship

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Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove (IRL) had their best day of racing ever on the senior 49er circuit to lead overall after day one of the Lanzarote International Regatta. This duo are the 2018 Junior World Champions but are still seeking an Olympic berth for Tokyo 2020(1). The top European team not already qualified will gain a spot in Tokyo, and the Irish pair have built a 19 point lead over Italy and Belgium, and larger leads over Estonia, Russia, Greece and others.

The battle for the final berth in the 49erFX is closer than the 49er right now, Isaura Maenhaut and Anouk Geurts (BEL) one point ahead of Noora Ruskola and Mikaela Wulff (FIN) and three points ahead of Enia Nincevic and Mihaela Zjena (CRO). Close behind are Russia, Sweden, and Poland. The Italians are in tough, with all five of their entries signficantly off the pace in today’s racing.

In both competitions many of the heavy hitters on the world stage are racing for the first time since September of 2020. Lili Sebesi and Albane Dubois (FRA) sit on top of the 49erFX leaderboard, but are chased by five World or European Champion teams, each within six points. Champions from Norway, Netherlands, Brazil, Denmark and Spain with the Kiwi’s just a small step back in ninth. So almost everyone at the top of the 49erFX world is racing.

Chasing the young Irish team on the 49er side are Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell (GBR), Erwan Fischer and Julien Thibault (FRA), the Fantela Brother (CRO) and Botin and Mara (ESP). In sixth overall are Ian Barrows and Hans Henken from the USA. America has not yet qualified for Tokyo but are the next team ‘on deck’ if any nation does not take up their spot in the Olympic lineup.

The conditions in Lanzarote have been amazing day after day. With strong winds, warm weather, and wavy conditions, teams have been relishing the build up to racing and day 1 delivered amazing racing. Racing continues through the 26th and concludes with a live broadcast medal race. The Nacra 17 fleet is also racing with Olympic berths available for both Europe and Africa.

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Oman at a Glance

Perched on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman’s stark beauty and vastly contrasting landscapes have enchanted growing numbers of tourists each year.  With its magnificent desert, secret oases and  breathtaking mountain ranges, Oman is an alluring destination. A tropical underwater paradise lies beneath the turquoise sea, caressing the white sandy beaches that adorn the country’s stunning 3,165 km coastline.  

Alongside this natural wealth is Oman’s rich culture, which blends with modern infrastructure and historical features that span over 7,000 years. Grand forts, exquisite palaces and mystical souqs are sights to behold in the capital, Muscat. A visit to Oman makes you feel right at home from the time you arrive, until the moment you leave. The Sultanate is full of opportunities for adventure, including fascinating tours with an Arabian flavour.  

Oman’s coastline is a paradise for explorers. Its abundance of wildlife includes whales, dolphins, turtles, seahorses, and flamingos. Underwater, its incredible marine life is found close to the water’s surface.  

 

 

 

 

The mountains cover approximately 15% of the country’s land mass. Oman’s main mountain range is the 10,000 foot Al Hajar, which runs from Musandam in the North to the extreme limit of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Had.  

 

 

 

 

Sands and deserts occupy the remaining area; these include two large sand deserts – The Wahiba Sands known as Rimalat Al Wahiba and part of the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali). Here you can learn about Bedouin culture, camp under a dome of stars and experience the beauty of dawn in the desert.

 

 

 

Oman is known for its tropical climate whilst still subject to seasonal changes. From October through April, the Sultanate offers a lovely climate, with an average temperature of 23 degrees C. Combined with welcoming hospitality, warm seas and stunning landscapes, you can see why tourism in Oman is a growing industry.