Sultanate of Oman Tourism found a unique way to celebrate Oman’s 45th National Day in Auckland this week with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS).
The two parties enjoy a close partnership, with Oman Tourism sponsoring the Squadron’s youth sailing program. On the occasion of the Sultanate’s National Day this week, an Oman-branded Elliott-7 was officially dedicated by Mona Tannous, Country Manager Sultanate of Oman Tourism – Australia & New Zealand.
“We are thrilled to see our Elliott-7, and to bless her on the auspicious occasion of Oman’s 45th National Day. We hope she helps many young Kiwis develop the skills they need to reach their sailing potential. Our relationship with RNZYS is a natural one, and there are lovely parallels with the youth sailing programs in Oman under Oman Sail. We hope one day to see young Omani crews racing their Kiwi counterparts in these stunning waters. And we would be delighted to see a New Zealand crew take line honours in an Oman branded boat”, says Ms Tannous.
The Oman Elliott-7 will be a true flagship for Oman in New Zealand, flying the flag of a nation with proud maritime history and a contemporary sailing culture. In 2009, Omani Mohsin Al Busaidi became the first Arab to sail non-stop around the world, and The Wave, Muscat’s Extreme Sailing team won the first of two successive Extreme Sailing Series championships. Oman’s pioneering women sailors compete in Europe, while Raiya Al Habsi made history by becoming the first Arab woman to compete in the classic Fastnet race and the first Arab to be nominated for the prestigious Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award.
RNZYS Commodore Andy Anderson is thrilled with the partnership, commenting “RNZYS is home of sailing in New Zealand and we share a common bond with Oman who have a long history of sailors. This partnership will assist us greatly in creating more and more champion sailors.”
Graduates of RNZYS’s Youth Training Program have gone on to reach the highest level of world sailing, also including the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and World Match Racing Tour, and with many graduates currently ranked amongst the top sailors in the world.