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Progress with the construction of a modern Oman Sail School at Sur to teach youths sporting techniques of sailing, offer citizens employment and further the coastal city’s renown for sea-faring is going apace.

This fact was established by the Wali of Sur, His Excellency, Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Naddabi during a recent visit to site of construction for the new school’s building on the Sur Fisheries Harbour.

An inauguration is now scheduled for early 2014 based on the steady advancement of the building construction.

The school, funded by Oman LNG and the fourth in the Sultanate, coming after three earlier institutions of its kind were established by Oman Sail in Muscat and Musannah, will provide professional world-class tuition to students and be operated by trained Omani managers and instructors

High profile sailor Said Al Araimi who hails from Sur, will be in-charge of operating the sailing centre in his hometown.

Said is a senior instructor who has had international success in the Hobie 16 catamaran class and has recently been heavily involved in the development of Oman Sail’s youth programme.

The Oman Sail School in Sur when completed will be the realisation of half of a projected eight Oman Sail sailing schools planned for the Sultanate as part of an initiative that uses the power of sport to contribute to the development of the country.

HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Naddabi, Wali of Sur, praised the progress being made, welcoming the bright prospects that will come to the Wilayat from having its own sailing school that could mirror the successes of earlier schools established by Oman Sail and rekindle Sur’s prowess in sea-faring.
“Sur’s rich and time-honoured maritime heritage makes it a natural place to have a sailing school. Our city is synonymous with Oman’s seafaring history and this is reflected in the number of high profile sailors from the Wilayat that are competing internationally today.
“They are creating a modern heritage as inspiring role models for our youth. We thank Oman Sail and Oman LNG for the significant commitment they are making to the Sur community.

“We are confident that this community and school driven initiative will have long-term development benefits for the young Omanis in Sur and its surrounding area.”

Oman LNG’s chief executive officer, Harib Al Kitani said the liquefied natural gas company’s involvement in the new sailing school would ensure sustainable development in the community and the country as a whole because of the school’s focus on challenging the energy of youths.

“Participation in sport and recreational activities is best developed when still young and we are happy to be playing an essential part in having an Oman Sail school in the community.”
David Graham, CEO of Oman Sail, said the new sailing school in Sur would be specially tailored to the needs and expectations of the local community and also build on the key learnings and successes of Oman Sail’s first three sailing schools in Muscat and Musannah.
“We have already carried out a rigorous process to select 12 men and 6 women from Sur to be trained and employed as instructors at the school. They will undergo compulsory ongoing training through a structured skills development programme.
“We will be engaging with the local Omani schools in Sur and offer comprehensive year-long sailing programmes to school groups in all dinghy sailing classes. Individuals will be able to join our youth and racing clubs and those with talent identified and nurtured for the National Sailing Team,” said Graham.

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