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16-21 November 2021 / Oman

2021 World Championship


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The Asian Open Championship for 49er and 49erFX wrapped up with two newer teams leading the fleets. Henan Umpiere with Fernando Diz (URU) won the 49er fleet with a commanding final day of 2, 1, 1. They are the first Uruguayan team to win a continental championship in the skiff and turned plenty of heads in the boat park as teams get ready for Worlds.

Taking a back to back victory in the 49erFX was Odile van Aanholt with Elise de Ruyter (NED). The dutch pair are only temporarily sailing together as each has a partner rehabbing from injury at the moment. After winning the European Championship last month handily, and again winning by a large margin at the Asian’s, they seem to be fitting in well together.

Asian Games Watch

The top Asian teams at the Asian Championship were KC Ganapathy with Varun Thakkar (IND) in the 49er and Molly Highfield with Sandi Choi (HKG) in the 49erFX. For Asian countries, the hunt is already on for the Asian Games in 10 months time. The Indian team is actually the largest of any nation here in Oman, with a total of six teams. The Hong Kong team might be the most committed, with the teams landing first of any squad to warm up for the Championship.

New and Old

In general, there are many new faces and teams in the skiff. The Path to Paris seems like it will mark a changing of the guard in both classes after two quads with mostly familiar names topping the leaderboard. New teams from America, Poland, Denmark, and Britain in the 49er and France from the FX are in contention for the World titles.

Gold medalists Martine Grael with Kahena Kunze (BRA) have yet to land here in Oman so the 49erFX teams are curious to see the form of the world’s top female pair after they won their second straight gold medals in the skiff. Martine and Ka have been taking a break from the water since their win, so it is not known how quickly they will knock off any rust that may have built up over a few short months.

World number one ranked team from 2019, James Peters and Fynn Sterrit (GBR), return to the 49er circuit. The pair were riding high after winning the 2019 Sailing World Cup in Tokyo, and a bronze at the 2018 European Championship but didn’t earn selection for Team GB to the games. After some time away from sailing, they are back to try and write a new story for Paris.

James Peters and Fynn Sterrit (GBR)

The Cat Comp

The Nacra 17 teams opted against having a warm up regatta, in part because much of the fleet is already at the top of their Game. The Silver and Bronze medal teams from Tokyo, John Gimson with Anna Burnett (GBR) and Paul Kohloff with Alica Stuhlemmer (GER), are back and ready to race again. They’ll have to beat out Vittorio Bissaro with Maelle Frascari (ITA) who won the 2019 World Championship but didn’t get to go to the games. The start studded line up will be joined by a handful of other Olympians on new team formations, and some young talent looking to establish themselves.

Local Development

Oman Sail is hosting both the Asian Championship and the World Championship from November 16-21, 2021 from Mussanah. For many teams, this is their first trip to the region, and Oman is setting a high standard for making everyone feel welcome and taken care of.

Oman Sail is the center of Olympic sailing this season, hosting the 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17, along with the ILCA in a few week’s time and then the World Sailing Youth Worlds after that. Three pinnacle regattas for their categories back to back is almost unheard of.

Oman Sail is graduating from a start-up sailing venture to an established sailing stop. There is a full staff skilled in all departments, Race Officials, catering, import/export, boat repair, rib rental, media, and virtually any other aspect of a modern sailing regatta are covered. The sailors have had a level of service and support they are not accustomed to, with any number of details to support their efforts attended to.

Results photos and video from the Asian Championship

Snakes on a Foil

The fleet has been in sailor luxury while staying at the Barcelo resort in Mussanah. A 100m commute to the boat park, pools, gyms, and great food are everyday staples of life on site. Of course, daily temps of 25-30 with consistent breezes also help with azure blue waters to boot!

All the more shocking when Sinem Kurbay (FIN) dragged a sea snake back to port! Snakes on the foil, oh my! What to do? Poisonous too from the boat park rumor!

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.

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