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2-10 April 2021 / Mussanah, Oman

2021 Mussanah Open Championship

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Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove (IRL) were one major mistake away from a stupendous day in their bid to win the final Olympic 49er berth for Tokyo 2020. The 2018 Junior World Champions won two of the three races on the day, but scored a UFD (over the start line early) in the middle race of the day to curtail any celebration. The pair can drop that race from their scoreline, but leaves them no wiggle room heading into two days of Gold fleet and a medal race. They’d said to third place across the line in that middle race, and may yet regret that small error as the regatta heats up.

Dickson and Waddilove (IRL)
European and African continental qualification regatta for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. 21 March, 2021 © Sailing Energy

Qualifying is completed in Lanzarote for both 49er and 49erFX with Gold Fleet racing becomes the focus for Olympic qualifying.

Chasing the Irish are Yannick Lefebvre and Tom Pelsmaekers (BEL) who went to Rio 2016 and are sailing well in Lanzarote. The pair continue a solid run of better than average races and are 25 points behind the Irish. That’s a fairly big gap, but gold fleet racing essentially doubles the points on offer each race, and an atainable gap to bridge. Another nine points back Farrarese and Tongi (ITA), and those three teams seeking Olympic participation that made gold fleet.

Botin and Marra (ESP) lead the fleet after winning all three races in the other fleet today, and lead a group of four spanish teams into the gold fleet. The USA also sent all four of their teams to gold fleet as they hope to be selected should one 49er spot not be accepted for Tokyo 2020.

European and African continental qualification regatta for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. 24 March, 2021 © Sailing Energy

The 49erFX fleet also saw a bit of a shake out for Olympic qualifying, though there are more teams tightly packed and into gold fleet than in the 49er. Nincevic and Zjena (CRO) hold a 2 point lead over Maenhaut and Geurts (BEL) with CZE, FIN, SWE, and RUS each qualifying for gold, though more than 20 points back of the two front runners.

The top of the 49erFX fleet remains highly contested with almost all of the 49erFX superstars in attendance. Grael and Kunze (BRA) move back into the lead with a top 10 full of capable teams trying to over take them.

The Nacra 17 racing is also ongoing with all fleets concluding on March 26 with a live broadcast medal race.

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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.