Oman’s first ever exclusively para sailing event
For the first time in Oman, an exclusively para sailing championship will bring together 36 teams from 19 nations at the Barceló Mussanah Resort.
The event will also feature a three-day Para Sailing Development Program (PDP) Clinic organised by World Sailing, the global governing body for the sport, to provide training for coaches and race officials, building on the success of the first PDP held in March 2022.
View our event brochure here.
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Date of Event
Sunday 20 November
· Paralympic Development Programme (PDP) Day 1
Monday 21 November
· PDP Day 2
Tuesday 22 November
· PDP Day 3
Wednesday 23 November
· Practice race
· Competitor Briefing
Thursday 24 November
· Flight-based racing day 1
Friday 25 November
· Flight-based racing day 2
Saturday 26 November
· Group Finals
Sunday 27 November
· Grand Final (Medal Race)
· Awards Ceremony
Barcelo Mussanah Resort:
The venue is approximately 100km north of Muscat International Airport. Oman Sail manages all the marina facilities, offering 54 quality berths, dockside support and first-class facilities including boat cleaning, assistance upon arrival, and a fuel dock.
One of Oman Sail’s four sailing schools operates from Al Mussanah Sports City and is the base for our National Sailing Teams.
The site has the infrastructure and facilities required to expand the country’s existing tourism industry and the capability of hosting world-class events on an environmentally friendly basis.
- 4-star Barceló Mussanah Resort within the Al Mussanah Sports City.
- Accommodation for competitors, coaches, officials and other staff involved in the regatta.
- Restaurant and recreation facilities within the event village.
- Media Centre with special conference facilities, studios, internet facilities, etc.
- A 54-berth marina.
- A central drop-off and vehicle parking area including shuttle buses for the event.
- Ample storage space/areas for competitors, coaches and equipment providers.
- Fully staffed workshop with facilities for sanding, spray, fiberglass and engine repairs.
The international hotel chain Barceló operates on site at the sports city. The hotel has 308 rooms alongside a range of restaurants and sports and leisure facilities. This 4-star hotel is being proposed to accommodate everyone involved in the regatta, from participants and their team leaders, to coaches and event staff.
Additional self-catering accommodation is available in the vicinity of Al Mussanah Sport City for spectators and families attending the championships.
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 favour.
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.
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.
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.
Tropical climate is what Oman is known for whilst still subject to seasonal changes. From October through to April, the Sultanate offers a lovely climate, with an average temperature of 23oC. Combined with welcoming hospitality, warm seas and stunning landscapes, you can see why tourism in Oman is a growing industry.
Oman’s Vision towards 2040 – Care for Our Environment is Paramount
As the Sultanate of Oman works towards achieving the 12 national priorities set out in its Vision 2040, Oman Sail is fully committed to materially contributing to the prosperity of the nation.
One of the nation’s 12 national priorities is to ensure that Oman’s beautiful natural landscape is protected long in to the future.
The environmental health of Oman is embedded in every aspect of Oman Sail’s activities. The staging of the Youth World Championships would provide a platform for us to drive greater awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability and the added benefits for Omanis for generations to come.
Environmental Education Programme
The Youth World Sailing Championships 2021 will be accompanied by a thorough environmental education programme to raise awareness of being environmentally friendly and protecting Oman’s beautiful natural landscape.
As part of this programme, our elite sailors will visit schools, promote the event and encourage all to sign up to the UN Environment Clean Seas Campaign #CleanSeas. Environmental awareness training will be delivered to all event staff and volunteers with a pre-environmental online survey issued to all participants to benchmark their green awareness before and after the event.
Oman Sail aims to create a long-term strategic partnership involving the Environment Authority, Ministry of Agricultural, Fisheries & Water Resources, SeaOman, local tourist SMEs and Five Oceans to launch at the event an ongoing “Dimaniyat Islands Protection” campaign. The campaign will educate visitors how to correctly anchor NOT on the coral and give advice on protecting the Whale Sharks and Turtles.
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Oman’s rugged landscape dramatically falls away into the sea and influences the wind direction, which is predominantly a land-sea breeze. With a progressive build-up of wind during the early morning, the sailors do most of their racing in moderate and stable 10 to 14 knot breezes.
Mussanah enjoys a stable tropical/sub-tropical weather system which can occasionally interrupt the land sea breeze pattern. However, these pressure ridges have become extremely rare in recent years.
Strong winds known as a shamal can blow in from time to time, usually blowing in at an angle of 325 degrees (north-westerly direction) along the coast. The shamal season is November to February, although they can occur at other times. A shamal can be short lived or can set in for some days. During the winter, the wind is cold and blows from crystal clear skies with speeds reaching up to 30+ knots.