The Oman Sailing Festival, organized by Oman Sail, delighted huge crowds at Al Bassa Beach in Musandam this week as hundreds of men, women and children took part to learn how to sail and windsurf free of charge, as well as joining in the beach clean-up operation. Making its first appearance of the festival was the SMEs Corner, a showcase of arts, crafts, souvenirs, and homemade dishes, which were especially popular as the nation celebrated its 51st National Day, Oman Observer reports.
In total, more than 300 people took the chance to head out onto the water and #SailWithUs under supervision from Oman Sail’s expert sailing coaches, as well as helping to maintain the beautiful local environment during the festival, held between November 16 and 19.
As part of the Oman Sailing Festival , we spent exciting four days in Khasab, Musandam, learning how to sail and trying fun water activities against a breathtaking mountainous backdrop
We look forward to staging the next stopover in Muscat, in Sur Al Hadeed (Al Seeb Corniche) pic.twitter.com/4HieuwBpRJ
— عُمان للإبحار – Oman Sail (@OmanSail) November 22, 2021
Ali Al Shuhaimi, Centre Manager of Al Mouj Sailing School and project manager of the Oman Sailing Festival, said, “This is a wonderful part of our country with stunning scenery and a long-held affinity with sailing and the sea. It was great to see so many people come along and learn to sail and surf, and even better to see how passionate the local community is about preserving this landscape for future generations. The variety on show courtesy of local small businesses shows the potential for Musandam to thrive. We hope that everyone attending had a great time and will continue to sail, surf, and care for the environment here.”
Next up on the winter tour of the country is Al Seeb Cornish at Sur Al Hadeed from November 26-27, with a beach clean-up event at Al Athaiba Beach. The festival then visits Sur from December 3-4 and Al Mussanah from December 11-18, 2021, before heading to the very south of Oman with a stop at Hawana Salalah from January 6-8 2022, and concluding in Duqm from January 11-15.
The eyes of global sailing are on Oman this winter and right now, Oman Sail is hosting the 2021 49er, 49er FX Nacra 17 World Championships in Mussanah. Featuring 178 sailors from 28 countries over three classes, including several world champions, world number one ranked sailors and Olympians, the competition will intensify every day until the prizes are decided on November 21, 2021.
The Oman Sailing Festival is proudly supported by platinum sponsor OQ, gold sponsors Oman Air and Salsabeel, and environmental partners Be’ah and the Environment Society of Oman. To pre-register for Oman Sailing Festival events, please visit site or search #SailWithUs on social media.