Muscat: After only one 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 from Feb. 20–23.
The young sailor is using this event to develop his ability to face off against an international fleet and as training for the upcoming national dinghy regatta Mussanah Race Week, which starts on March 10. Mussanah is being used by large international fleet as a warm up on Omani waters ahead of the Laser Worlds.
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 qualified him for selection in the national squad," said Rashid Al Kindi, Chairman of Oman's Sailing Committee.
"Hussain has developed very fast and has shown promise in excelling at the sport. There are some great sailing talents in the region, and competitions such as 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 other national sailors in the Olympic classes training camps and regattas to intensify their development and to prepare them for major international competitions, including Laser World Championship at the end of the year in Oman."
Our overriding goal is to see our sailors at the 2020 Olympic Games."