Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Oman Sail’s team start Star Sailors League season in Switzerland

The top two in the group will join other qualified teams in the draw for the SSL Gold Cup 2022 Finals Series when the knockout stages begin in October.

Muscat: Oman Sail’s team has commenced the Star Sailors League season with Qualifying Series on Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland. 

The top two in the group will join other qualified teams in the draw for the SSL Gold Cup 2022 Finals Series when the knockout stages begin in October. 

Representing Oman are Ahmed Al Balushi, Ahmed Al Hasni, Abdul Rahman Al Mashari, Yasir Al Rahbi, Musab Al Hadi, Raad Al Hadi, Haitham Al Wahaibi, Waleed Al Kindi, Zakaria Al Wahabi, Husain Al Jabri and Skipper Nasser Al Mashari. Marwa Al Khaifi will also join the squad as team administrator.

Nasser Al Mashari, Skipper of the Sultanate of Oman team, said, “The Star Sailors League is a great challenge and a tough test of team work, speed and tactics. Our team joined the event last season and it was a very valuable experience, and we hope to improve on that performance. Cuba, Mexico and Guatemala are all good teams but we have been training on the boat used in the Star Sailors League and we feel ready.”

Star Sailors League, a World Sailing Special Event, was created by sailors for sailors and is the ultimate challenge between sailing nations. Held in the Kingdom of Bahrain from October 28 to November 20 2022, the SSL Gold Cup Finals Series follows a similar format to the FIFA World Cup where groups of four teams face each other and the top two teams advance to the next round.

Forty nations start the competition, including the World’s Top 23 Sailing nations plus 16 teams coming from the Qualifying Series – held between May and July 2022 – and host nation Bahrain, all racing on the exact same boat, the SSL47, a 14-metre performance racing boat. The Finals Series in October will see an initial 16 teams race in four Groups, with the top two being joined in the next round by high-ranking teams that have already qualified for the Last 16, Final 8 and Quarter Finals. 

Star Sailors League, a World Sailing Special Event, was created by sailors for sailors and is the ultimate challenge between sailing nations. Held in the Kingdom of Bahrain from October 28 to November 20 2022, the SSL Gold Cup Finals Series follows a similar format to the FIFA World Cup.

About Oman Sail: 

Operating under Oman Tourism Development Company, Oman Sail is tasked with rekindling the country’s maritime eminence, promote the Sultanate around the world through sailing, contribute to the sustainable prosperity of the nation and provide long-term learning opportunities for the youth. 

Since 2008, Oman Sail has built a solid foundation around Sailing, Tourism, Commerce, Health and Environment, all underpinned with competency-based development for its workforce. Committed to offering both men and women equal opportunities to learn, Oman Sail’s programmes focus on nurturing young talent to develop the sailing champions of tomorrow, increasing revenue in the tourism, activity and experiential learning markets and gaining prominent international exposure for the country. 

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