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16-21 November 2021 / Oman

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The Olympic qualifying favorites, Sinem Kurtbay and Janne Jarvine (FIN) moved into 6th place overall and now lead the remaining countries aiming for the final Tokyo berth. They scored a 3, 10, 10 on the day to continue a solid run of middling results. Kurtbay and Jarvine were the top placed team not to earn qualification from Auckland Worlds 2019, and are looking to earn their place now.

The chase for qualification is far from over, with Paschalidis and Papadopoulou (GRE) only four points behind the Fins. Pschalidis is a veteran of the Tornado fleet and has decades of Olympic and Catamaran experience, Only late 2018 did he team up with the youthful Papadopoulou and begin sailing the Nacra 17, with their first international competition being the 2020 Worlds in Geelong. They already are sailing at a very high level, with great speed and will continue to push in the remaining three days of competition.

Igor Marenic and Marija Andela (CRO) had their best day of racing so far, moving to 14 points behind the Fins with a 5, 6, 9. Marenic is the 470 gold medalist from Rio and got into the Nacra 17 quite late in this quadrennial. Clearly the teams are gaining skills quickly and are still aiming at Tokyo.

At the front of the pack are three gold medal hopefuls for Tokyo, with Pacheco and Trittel of ESP in the overall lead after day 3. Follow the rest of the regatta and the 49er event happening simultaneously from Lanzarote via the links. Remember to tune in for the live broadcast medal race on the 26th.

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Perched on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman’s stark beauty and vastly contrasting landscapes have enchanted growing numbers of tourists each year.  With its magnificent desert, secret oases and  breathtaking mountain ranges, Oman is an alluring destination. A tropical underwater paradise lies beneath the turquoise sea, caressing the white sandy beaches that adorn the country’s stunning 3,165 km coastline.  

Alongside this natural wealth is Oman’s rich culture, which blends with modern infrastructure and historical features that span over 7,000 years. Grand forts, exquisite palaces and mystical souqs are sights to behold in the capital, Muscat. A visit to Oman makes you feel right at home from the time you arrive, until the moment you leave. The Sultanate is full of opportunities for adventure, including fascinating tours with an Arabian flavour.  

Oman’s coastline is a paradise for explorers. Its abundance of wildlife includes whales, dolphins, turtles, seahorses, and flamingos. Underwater, its incredible marine life is found close to the water’s surface.  

 

 

 

The mountains cover approximately 15% of the country’s land mass. Oman’s main mountain range is the 10,000 foot Al Hajar, which runs from Musandam in the North to the extreme limit of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Had.  

 

 

Sands and deserts occupy the remaining area; these include two large sand deserts – The Wahiba Sands known as Rimalat Al Wahiba and part of the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali). Here you can learn about Bedouin culture, camp under a dome of stars and experience the beauty of dawn in the desert.

Oman is known for its tropical climate whilst still subject to seasonal changes. From October through April, the Sultanate offers a lovely climate, with an average temperature of 23 degrees C. Combined with welcoming hospitality, warm seas and stunning landscapes, you can see why tourism in Oman is a growing industry.

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