Cowes Week returns

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the Omanis preparing fro Cowes Week

Cowes week where the Omanis hope for wins

For those who say that Cowes Week is elitist and enjoyed by just a handful of people, think again. 100,000 people come to Cowes each year to cheer on the 8,500 competitors manning the 1,000 boats that will compete in 40 races each day.

Running from this Saturday until the 10th of August, Cowes Week returns as one of the largest and longest running sailing regattas of its kind in the world.  It doesn’t attract just domestic visitors. Crews and spectators come from around the world which mixes sport, conviviality, alcohol (though not for the crews on race mornings) and a social get-together.

Other countries attend as well to remind both the competitors but also the visitors that they have a sailing heritage as well. Take Oman for example. They will have a pavilion for much of the time which might be mentioning the fact that MOD70 Musandam-Oman Sail’s highly experienced international and Omani crew members will be competing in the Artemis Challenge and the seven Star Round Britain and Ireland Race but they are just as likely to promote tourism and what the visitor can see when they visit the state.

They will also happily point out that one of the world’s famous sailors – Sinbad no less – was born in Oman’s ancient capital of Suhar and that it holds a range of sailing events of its own for spectators to enjoy. The Extreme Sailing Series –a type of Formula 1 on the open sea – begins its annual year-long competition around the globe from Muscat each February, and every November yachts compete in the Dubai to Muscat Race, navigating the Straits of Hormuz en route. Or that there are lots of marinas and that from Almouj you can take a short sail to the Damaniyat Islands Nature Reserve.

But then Oman is trying hard to persuade more of us to travel there. Less pushy than its neighbour Dubai, Oman wants us to know that it caters to all visitors including those elitist ones who aren’t elitist at all!

For more information about Cowes Week, click here.

For more information on sailing in Oman click here.

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