TEAM OMAN - After just a year with Oman Sail, 24-year-old Hussain Al Jabri is showing promise. In 2012 he won Gold at the Singapore Laser Trophy and has been training hard ahead of the 2013 dinghy season, which kicks off with Qatar’s Sail The Gulf regatta at the Doha Sailing Club during 20-23 Feb.
The young sailor is using this event to develop his ability against an international fleet and as training for upcoming national dinghy regatta Mussanah Race Week, which starts on 10 March. Mussanah is in turn being used by a large international fleet as a warm up on Omani waters ahead of the Laser World Championship that starts in November of this year.
Al Jabri will line up against a fleet of 14 sailors from Bahrain, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, the Netherlands and Russia during the five day event. The Laser class is one of nine and Al Jabri is one of 220 sailors from 21 countries competing in the regatta.
“His fitness level and determination are the main strengths that qualified him to be selected in the National squad,” said Rashid Al Kindi, Chairman of Oman’s Sailing Committee and National Team Manager at Oman Sail.
“Hussain has developed very fast and has shown promising skills to excel in the sport. There are some great sailing talents in the region, and competitions like Sail the Gulf and Mussanah Race Week showcase and develop these talents by pitting them against international experts.
“Our objective is to engage Hussain and our other National sailors in the Olympic classes at both regional and international training camps and regattas to intensify their development and raise their level to prepare them for major international competition, including the Laser World Championships at the end of the year in Oman. Our overriding goal is to see our sailors at the 2020 Olympics Games.”