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2-10 April 2021 / Mussanah, Oman

2021 Mussanah Open Championship

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With nine of 15 races completed at the Mussanah Open Championship in Oman there are five teams packed tightly atop the leaderboard in the 49er from five nations. So far the lead has changed hands at the end of each day, with Ganapathy Chengappa with Varun Thakkar (IND) surging into the lead today. In 11 knot gusting to 16 they scored a first, second, and third out of three races to move into a nine point lead atop the standings.

Second overall are young South African Sailors Benji Daniel and Alex Burger. The pair moved over to 49er two years ago after Benji sailed in the 470 and Alex from the 29er. They haven’t scored worst than seventh yet in any race and will surely be impressing the South African selectors who must approve their Olympic berth after this event.

Wei and Xiang (CHN), the Whitcraft brothers (THA) Sakai with Aylsworth (HKG), and Al Hadi with Al Kindi (OMA) are all chasing the Indians to be the top Asian nation. The Omani’s were the overnight leaders after day three, but a poor showing from them on day three moved them all the way back to sixth. It truely is anyone’s regatta to take of these six with six races remaining.

Both the top Asian and the top African teams will earn Olympic qualifying positions for Tokyo, the last berths on offer.

The 49erFX fleet also saw a lead change over night with Highfield and Choi winning two of the three races and four of six races to move just one place ahead of Shasha with Jin (CHN). The two teams are only 1 point apart and the final two days will be intense. In third overall is Klahan with Waiwai (THA) who remain in contention only seven points back, but must start winning some races if they hope to overtake the leaders.

The racing in Mussanah has been fantastic, with good winds and clear blue waters for the sailors. Day 1 was light at only six knots, but day two was twelve knots with gusts to 21 and then a moderate day 3, with 11 knots and gusts to 16. All together fantastic racing to determine the final Olympic berths.

The 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 fleets will be back in Oman in November for the 2021 World Championship.

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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.