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In 2008 Sultan Qaboos bin Said gave the green light to set up a groundbreaking initiative to reinvigorate Oman’s maritime heritage and introduce sailing to a new generation of youngsters. Eight years on, things couldn’t be going better for Oman Sail.
From its humble beginnings Oman Sail has grown into one of the Sultanate’s – and the sailing world’s – great success stories, helping more than 20,000 Omani men, women and children to discover the sport. The programme’s goal? To develop homegrown talent good enough to compete at the top of sailing, be that an Olympic Games, an America’s Cup or in a Volvo Ocean Race. It’s a mission well on the way to fulfilment, with its sailors regularly representing Oman in international regattas and top campaigns.
But Oman Sail’s beating heart is its flagship Youth Programme, getting youngsters out on the water for the first time and nurturing talented junior sailors. Four sailing schools (with three more to come) dotted round the country are abuzz with children taking their first steps in the sport or developing their racing skills. Through its Performance Pathway, Oman Sail identifies the most talented young sailors, then provides top training from expert coaches to advance high performers to a level where they are ready to be selected for the Oman National Sailing Squad.
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