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14-19 September 2021 / Thessaloniki, Greece

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Laser World Championships 2013. Mussanah. Oman. Day 2 of racing, Credit: Lloyd Images

The Sultanate of Oman will host a 400-strong fleet of the world’s best sailors when the World Championships for three Olympic classes kick off in November 2021. Taking place in Asia for the first time in its history, sailors in the 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 class will kickstart their path to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games during the six-day event.

The Championship will run from 16–21 November 2021 at Al-Mussanah Sports City, driving tourism in the governorate and further enhancing Oman’s pedigree as a world class host of major international events. It is anticipated that Olympians continuing their racing careers will take part at the Championship alongside the next generation of high-performance doubles sailors, all looking to start their 2024 Olympic campaign in good form.

Dr. Khamis Al Jabri, Oman Sail CEO, said, “Hosting the 2021 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 World Championships are another opportunity for the Sultanate to share its warm hospitality with the international sailing community. The regatta forms an important component of Oman’s Vision 2040 to boost sports and adventure tourism and will provide a variety of opportunities for local businesses and the community which will deliver positive economic return to the country. This is an incredibly exciting event for Oman Sail and we look forward to welcoming sailors from across the world to our shores.”

Marcus Spillane, Nacra 17 Class President, said, “We are very pleased to be heading to Oman next year in November for the 2021 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships as our sailor continue their global adventure. Oman has a great reputation for organizing world class regattas and we are confident that the event will be a great test for the teams as they embark on the road to Paris 2024.” 

Oman Sail’s Olympic hopeful, Musab Al Hadi, said, “As the first global sailing event after the Tokyo Olympic games, this will be a strong test of every bit of international experience the Oman Olympic Sailing team has gained against the very best in class. The conditions will be perfect for the sailors and coaches and we hope that our fellow sailors enjoy visiting Oman as much as we enjoy hosting them.”

Musab Al Hadi sailing in Oman

Building on the long-held affinity for the sea, the Sultanate of Oman has gained a reputation in the sailing world as an accomplished host of events where Omani sailors compete against the very best in the world. Combining excellent sailing conditions with powerful sea breezes and pleasant waves and a fully-equipped marina in the heart of a sports city purpose-built for the 2010 Asian Beach Games offer ideal surroundings for another outstanding event in 2021 following the success of events such as the 2013 Laser World Championships, the 2015 RSX world Championships and the 2019 Asian and Oceanian Optimist Championships.

Oman Sail’s professional race management team will welcome the competitors and introduce many to the country. Opportunities for visitors to stay longer in the Sultanate and explore further, experiencing everything that makes the country so special, will also be available, including personalised city tours, cultural visits and adventuring into the mountains, the sea and the desert.

As with past championships, Oman Sail and the 49er and Nacra 17 Class will focus significantly on the maintaining a positive environmental impact by minimising waste, emphasising recycling and aiming to leave the sea in a better condition than before the regatta. The Championship will also prioritise the fan experience with a live broadcast of the event and in-depth social media programming. As well as an event village offering local & international cuisine & full cultural activities for families.

More information about the championships is available at organisers page www.omansail.com or the class website https://49er.org/event/2021-world-championship

About Thessaloniki

In 316 B.C. at the inlet of Thermaikos Gulf ancient king Kassandros founded a new city, which he named for his wife Thessaloniki, stepsister of Alexander the Great.

For centuries, as co-capital of the Byzantine empire and afterwards, Thessaloniki was the crossroads of nations and has attracted many foreign rule thus establishing an international character by sustaining the coexistence of various and diverse civilizations, religions and cultures. Today as we entered the 21st century, Greece’s second largest city has become the headquarters of many organizations and institutions aimed at the reconstruction and development of the Balkans. Innumerable Byzantine monuments and churches, the magnificent findings from the royal tombs in Vergina, the famous national theater, an outstanding cuisine, its intensive night-life and its proximity to the suburbs beaches of Halkidiki, make modern Thessaloniki an even more attractive point for tourism in Greece.

Culture

Due to the city’s rich and diverse history, Thessaloniki houses many museums dealing with many different eras in history. Two of the city’s most famous museums include the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the Museum of Byzantine Culture. Apart from its recognized UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Thessaloniki is home to a number of prominent archaeological sites worth visiting.

Coffee Lovers

Drinking coffee is by far one of the greatest pleasures for the Greeks. Our national drink probably costs more than it should, but lasts longer than anywhere else. The average time d

evoted to this beloved habit is at least 40 minutes; drinking coffee is kind of a ritual almost for every Greek. Food and wine The second largest city of this Mediterranean country, Thessaloniki is a paradise for foodies. While displaying its historical landmarks, the sun-drenched, charming and eastern-flavored Salonika (as the city was previously known as) offers its visitors the opportunity to discover the Greek cuisine with all its original dishes and culinary influences. If you truly wish to discover the secrets of the Macedonian wine, the wineries of Epanomi, Kalohori, Osa and Askos Sohou are the right places to begin with! Important, historic locations like the “Gerovasileiou” domain will gladly accept you.

Nightlife

Thessaloniki used to be called “the city that never sleeps”, just like NYC. Even though this is not totally true anymore, you can always find another place to go for another beer, in case you really wanna stay out till the morning. The city’s nightlife has been changing a lot, during the la

st 10 years, but it has always been very versatile. You can do pretty much anything you’d possibly like. From trendy cocktail bars to old-school rock bars and from bar with live music to bouzoukia, you can still find a place to satisfy your needs and desires as a guest.

EVENT PROGRAM

  • Saturday 1 May 0900 Venue opens
    • 0900 – 1800 Registration
  • Sunday 2 May 0900 – 1800 Registration
  • Monday 3 May 0900 – 1100 Registration
    • 1255 Practice Races
    • 1800 Competitors Briefing
    • 1900 Opening Ceremony
  • Tuesday 4 May TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Wednesday 5 May TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Thursday 6 May TBA Qualifying Series Races
  • Friday 7 May TBA Final Series Races
  • Saturday 8 May TBA Final Series Races
  • Sunday 9 May TBA Final Series Races
    • 1500 Medal Races Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony as soon as possible after Racing