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Job Title: Sr. Sponsorship Sales

The Role:
Responsible for management of the strategic sponsorship sales process to enable Oman Sail to achieve its sponsorship sales target.

Key Responsibilities Areas:

• Manage the day to day sponsorship sales process and pipeline to enable speedily follow up with all contacts to ensure the sponsorship sales target is achieved.
• Arrange sales meetings and ensure the fast follow up.
• Ensure the timely creation of sales proposals.
• Creation and management of a central depository for all sales prospect.
• Undertake the research and identification of new business prospect and maintain up to date industry information on key sales prospect.
• Develop strong industry knowledge, especially around Oman Sail’s key target categories (Oil & Gas + Banking) to generate new sales leads
• Creation and day to day management of a corporation sales database
• Act as the link between sponsorship sales and the rest of the company, particularly the senior management team, Client Service, Sailing and Events to enable better packaging and sailing of properties and to ensure clear hand overs following the completion of a sponsorship sales.
• Assist the client services team where required with existing client renewals and upsell
• Creation and management of a client engagement programme relevant to the existing events portfolio
• Represent the sponsorship sales function at Oman Sail and industry events in Oman and, from time, international.
• Other sales and business development related activities as required from time to time by the HOD.

To apply for this vacancy, please send your resume to our HR department on myfuture@omansail.com
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Muscat, December 10th 2018: The final youth sailing event of 2018 brought together 56 racers from Oman Sail’s four sailing schools, all determined to qualify for next year’s high-profile Mussanah Race Week and impress Oman national team selectors. Two days of intense but friendly competition at the last Ranking Race of the year in Mussanah saw local sailors joined by schoolmates from Sur, Al Mouj Muscat and Marina Bandar Al Rowdha sailing schools.

During the event – the most recent of 6 Ranking Race regattas throughout 2018 – coaches continued to narrow down their selection of the best sailors who will qualify to compete at Mussanah Race Week in February.

Since its first edition in 2011 Mussanah Race Week has seen a growing number of the world’s best international racers take part, attracted by the prospect of warm weather sailing and top-level coaching combined with world-class training facilities at Mussanah Sports City.

Local sailors have also benefitted from the valuable opportunity of racing against the best as the event continues to confirm its status as one of the world’s leading dinghy regattas. Before that, a further Ranking Race regatta will be held in January to finalise the Mussanah Race Week selection. With performances at both events taken into consideration, sailors will then be selected for the youth teams to represent the Sultanate at international events through 2019.

“All the sailors have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and talent, and the progress every year is remarkable,” said Mohsin Al Busaidi, Oman Sail’s Youth Programme Manager.

“After the January Ranking Race the coaches will decide who goes forward, first to Mussanah Race Week and then in to the national youth teams – there are many sailors who will be contenders so it will not be an easy decision for them.

“Everyone involved, from the youngest of the sailors all the way the most experienced of coaches, is working very hard to get the best performances possible and select the best teams to represent Oman.”

At last weekend’s event the Mussanah team emerged as the top sailing school with wins in each of the three classes – Laser, Optimist and RSX Windsurfer – though the competition was close throughout the fleets.

The large 36-strong Optimist class was won by Elyas Al Fadhali with three wins in the four races held, ahead of Mohammed Al Qasmi from Al Mouj with Sur’s Saleem Al Alawi on the last step of the podium. The top junior Optimist sailor was Hatm Al Araimi from Sur.

The competitive Laser class was won by Mussanah’s Alla Al Amrani, who finished a point ahead of schoolmate Al-Moatasem Al Farsi with Sur’s Ahmed Al Omraimi third.

Also strongly contested, the RSX windsurfer fleet was topped by Abdulmajed Al Hadrami, who finished level on points but ahead of Ali Al Omrani on countback, with Abdullah Al Sarhi third despite posting two race wins. Ali Al Sarhi won the under-17 class.

The Mussanah Sailing School fielded the largest team with 27 sailors supported by five coaches, while Sur had 16 sailors out on the water, five sailors from Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha, and eight from the Al Mouj Muscat school, all Optimist racers.

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Muscat, December 8th 2018: The renowned French yachtsman Franck Cammas has joined the Oman Sail team to manage their ongoing Diam and new Figaro campaigns next year. Cammas will also join the race squads during the 2019 season as Oman Sail looks to build on its successful global sailing programme.

Regarded as one of the highest-profile sailors of his generation, Cammas, 45, has a glowing racing CV which includes victories in the Volvo Ocean Race, Tour de France a la Voile, Transat Jacques Vabre, Route du Rhum and Solitaire du Figaro, as well as six Orma multihull championships, many supported by the French company Groupama.

He will co-ordinate Oman Sail’s activities in France through his company Franck Cammas Racing and skipper a Diam 24 during the season.

“Oman Sail has great vision and potential, so it was an easy and natural decision for me to become involved,” said Cammas.

“It is a big challenge and it marks a turning point in Oman Sail’s history. Until now the programme had the ambition to train first class crew members, now it wants to produce skippers, Omani sailors who are self-sufficient and technically proficient.”

Oman Sail’s 2019 programme will prove a good fit for his experience and expertise as it includes both Diam 24 multihull and Figaro campaigns.

Cammas will join regular members of the Oman Sail team, including Ali Al Balushi and Hussein Al Jabri among others, on the Diam project which will feature three campaigns – one an all-female team – culminating in the Tour Voile next July. Racing for the Diam teams kicks-off in February with EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour in Oman, which will include a fourth all-Omani squad.

Cammas is straightforward on his ambitions for the Tour Voile: “We will aim high and do everything we can to do well.”

Meanwhile two new Figaro campaigns have the goal of continuing the all-round offshore development of Omani sailors with Ali Al Balushi, Sami Al Shukaili and Mohammed Al Mujaini all part of an ongoing selection process. The projects will start as double-handed and eventually, when the Omani sailors are considered ready, will evolve to singlehanded with the long-term aim of participation in a major offshore race.

Oman Sail CEO David Graham said: “Having Franck join us at Oman Sail is a great moment and one that I believe will produce real benefits for our sailors, and help us achieve our goals.

“Having just marked our 10th anniversary, we can reflect on our successful progress towards rekindling Oman’s long maritime heritage and making our mark racing competitively all over the world. Franck will make a real contribution as that journey continues.”

Oman Sail has recently been able to celebrate winning the inaugural World Diam Tour title, and finishing a competitive runner-up in the global Extreme Sailing Series, in which Oman Sail teams share top spot as the most successful in the competition.

The ongoing improvement of young Omani sailors from Oman Sail’s four schools and youth squad was also recognised this year when Oman was awarded a place at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, a significant step towards the long-term ambition of qualifying for the Olympic sailing event.

Oman Sail has also competed offshore in the Class 40 fleet this year, and still holds the outright Round Britain and Ireland Race record set in 2014 by the 70-foot Musandam-Oman Sail trimaran.

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Mohammed Al Qassmi

Muscat, December 3rd 2018: Young Omani sailors have shown their emerging skills and abilities racing against world-class competition at two international championship regattas, producing their best ever results at each event.

In an intensive period of back-to-back events a four-strong Oman Sail youth team raced at the 2018 Optimist Asian and Oceanic Championship held in Myanmar in mid-November, quickly followed by last week’s Optimist African Championship.

At the most recent event in Maputo Bay, Mozambique, the team’s strength in depth was evident as all four Omani sailors finishing in the top third of the 66-strong fleet, while Mohammed Al Qasmi claimed a place on the championship podium.

He took a race win and two other top-three places to finish third overall. Nibras Al Awaisi ended the regatta 11th, with Saleem Al Alawi 17th and Jihad Al Hasani 22nd.

Earlier in Myanmar the team also demonstrated great determination, competing against 125 sailors from 15 other nations at the major regional event held at the Ngwe Saung Yacht Club.

Nibras Al Awaisi

In producing their best ever results at the annual championship three of the squad qualified to race in the top Gold Fleet, while the whole team beat Japan in the Team Racing event before going out to world team race champions Thailand.

Al Qasmi led the way, finishing an impressive 11th in the 65-strong Gold Fleet after posting five top-10 finishes, one a second place.

Al Alawi finished 29th and Al Hasani 31st in the same fleet, while Al Awaisi took 28th place in the 64-strong Silver Fleet, signing off with a win in the final race.

“With every event our young sailors show they are learning and gaining experience,” said Mohsin Al Busaidi, Oman Sail’s Youth Sailing Development Manager.

“At the same time they are able to produce better and better results that show that their hard work, as well as the commitment and dedication of their coaches, has been worthwhile.

“World-class racing sailors do not appear overnight, but the Optimist youth team have shown they are on the right course for success. In an intensive season they are getting faster and faster, and they are getting smarter as well with their tactics and preparation.”

Saleem Al Alawi

Mutasim Al-Farsi

The Asian event concluded with the flag ceremony, where the host team from Myanmar passed the flag to Oman, next year’s host nation. The 2019 Optimist Asian and Oceanic Championship starts at Mussanah Sport City in late September, the first time it has been held in the Sultanate.

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Muscat, November 18th 2018: Young Omani sailors have again demonstrated their emerging racing skills with wins in three of the four classes they competed in at a regional event in Abu Dhabi. A total of 17 sailors from the Oman Sail Youth Team took part in the National Day Sailing Regatta and came away with victories in the Laser Standard, Radial and 4.7 classes as well as several top-10 finishes in the Optimist fleet.

The successful racers had to contend with variable conditions over the course of the two-day regatta earlier this month, with light breeze giving way to strong winds of up to 20 knots which saw some races called off.

Team leader and chief instructor Musab Al Balushi said the Oman team would have been willing to race in any of the conditions they faced.

“We were happy with the results we got, though of course some of our sailors prefer the light winds and some the stronger ones,” he said.

And he added: “We wanted to be part of the national regatta as it is part of a developing long-term relationship with our counterparts. We can all learn from sailing and racing against each other, and in the future we would like to start training together as well.

The prize-giving at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club saw several of the Oman Sail team receive trophies. In the Laser Standard class Hussain Al Jabri won three out of five races to win overall, with Ahmed Al Wihabi taking two podium places to claim third spot in the 16-strong class.

Zakariya Al Wahabi took two wins on his way to class victory in the Laser Radial fleet. Ahmed Al Balushi also won a race to finish fourth, with Mansoor Al Mahroqi sixth in the competitive eight-strong fleet.

Two wins and top of the class also for Abdulmalik Al Hinai in the Laser 4.7s. Al Mouatasim Al Farsi was also on the podium in third ahead of fellow fleet racers Alaa Al Omrani, Ali Al Sadi and Husain Al Mansori.

In the large 24-strong Optimist fleet Elyas Al Fadhli secured Oman’s best result, coming fifth at the head of a string of top-10 finishes with Mahmood Al Gharibi, Malik Al Qartobi, Abalj Al Dughaishi and Salim Al Jabri filling all the places from sixth to ninth. In the Optimist Junior ranking Abdul Latif Al Qasmi and Saleh Al Balushi finished in 17th and 18th places overall.

The sailors were supported by coaches Rami Al Urimi, Khalid Al Urimi and Rashid Al Mughifri on their successful expedition to Abu Dhabi.

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The victory was sealed when the race team of skipper Stevie Morrison, Abdulrahman Al Mashari and Quentin Ponroy completed the Grand Prix Pacifique des Jeux, the last of three events counting towards the 2018 World Tour title.

The Oman Sail team ended their winning season ahead of Bernard Stamm’s Cheminees Poujoulat in second and the Beijaflore team who finished third.

Consistency throughout the international season proved to be the key to success. Back in February, the Stevie Morrison Oman Sail/Averda boat finished the first event, EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour around Oman, in third place, and followed that with a fourth place in the season centrepiece Tour Voile in France during July alongside co-skipper Thierry Douillard.

The GP Pacifique – which started in Tahiti and concluded in Bora Bora on Thursday – saw the team finish the event as runners-up, with their cumulative total across all three regattas earning them the title.

“It is very exciting to have won the first ever Diam World title for Oman,” said Abdulrahman Al Mashari. “The race here was very tough and long, a slightly different style from the Tour Voile and EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour with some extreme offshore legs.”

One such leg was the longest of the event, an 80 mile crossing between the island of Moorea and Huahine, which was won by Oman Sail by just 10 seconds when the team snatched the lead from local boat Treasures of Tahiti just 100m from the finish line.

Morrison said: “It’s a real honour to win representing Oman. Along with Abdul, I have competed on all the legs in this competition, but of course this World Tour victory wouldn’t have been possible without our other great teammates Ali Al Balushi, Thierry Douillard, Nick Asher, Mathieu Richard, Olivier Gandon, Loick and Suleiman. We’re more than just the three of us on the boat and we couldn’t have done this without the full team.”

As 2018 Diam World Tour winners the Oman Sail trimaran will now have a golden Diam symbol on its mainsail when it competes at the opening event of the 2019 season, EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour, which starts from Muscat in February.

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Oman Sail by Assim Al Saqri - 2M ago

Job Title: Social Media Executive (SME-155)

Job Function: The jobholder is responsible for the execution of digital campaigns for Oman Sail’s projects and programmes, support in the planning and implementation of the social media campaigns, oversee the digital integration for all websites, and provide reports and analysis on campaigns in the digital and social fronts.

To apply for this vacancy, please send your resume to our HR department on myfuture@omansail.com 
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Omani sailors are celebrating a clean sweep of class of victories at the competitive UAE Regatta Championship held in Abu Dhabi.

Young racers from both the youth and national teams produced a series of impressive results to top the leaderboard in each of the four classes they competed in.

Oman Sail’s Optimist youth team sailors in particular distinguished themselves, filling seven of the top-10 places in the 37-strong fleet with Mohammed Al Qasmi in first place and Saleem Al Alawi second.

Not to be overshadowed, their teammates racing in the Laser 4.7 class has six in the top 10 places, Adbulmalik Al Hinai leading the way with outright victory.

Oman national team sailors Hussain Al Jabri and Ahmed Alwheibi took first and second in the Laser Standard class, while Ahmed Al Balushi topped the leaderboard in an ultra-competitive Laser Radial fleet which saw the top three racers finish level on points, the outcome only decided on the countback system.

Equally remarkable, Zakariya Al Wahabi finished fourth just a point behind in what was his first ever regatta in the Radial having made the change from the 4.7 just two months ago.

“It was a good regatta for the whole team and we were pushing them for even better,” said Mohsin Al Busaidi, Oman Sail’s Youth Development Manager.

“It is the second year we have taken part in this regatta in Adu Dhabi, and we have been working well together with the Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club so they come to our regattas and we go to theirs.

“It is a highly competitive fleet with some very good sailors, and you can see that from the Radial class where the top three all finished with 14 points, with Zakariya only a point behind.”

Al Busaidi also highlighted the performances of Al Motasem Al Farsi, a successful Optimist sailor who finished seventh in the 4.7 fleet after only five days training after changing class, and Mahmood Al Gharbi who came fourth in the large Optimist fleet despite fracturing a finger.

“The Optimist team all did well with most of them finishing in the top-10 after some very good training over the summer both in Oman and in Turkey,” said Al Busaidi.

He added that the UAE Regatta Championship had been ideal preparation for the Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship in Myanamar, where an Oman Sail team will start racing on November 10th.

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Duqm Refinery and Oman Sail have signed a pioneering agreement to improve the employability prospects of 100 students and young Omani graduates, by connecting them with Oman’s maritime heritage.

A signing ceremony was held at Oman Sail’s headquarters, in presence of H.E. Maitha bint Saif Al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Chairwoman of Oman Sail, and Eng. Hilal bin Ali Al Kharusi, Deputy Chairman of Duqm Refinery and Mr David Graham, CEO, Oman Sail. The agreement outlined the launch of a project consisting of two programmes targeting grade 11 students and youth.

Both programmes will combine theory and outdoor practical activities, using experiential learning to develop interpersonal skills such as communication, decision making and resilience which are relevant and highly valued in the workplace.

The project, named Al Nokheda – which means the ship’s captain in Arabic, marks a further extension of Duqm Refinery’s already significant Corporate Social Responsibility activities in the local community in Al Wusta governorate and across the Sultanate.

On this occasion, Nas-ha bint Mohammed Al Fallahia, General Manager of Corporate Affairs in Duqm Refinery stated, “We are strongly determined and committed to have a positive impact on the lives and job prospects of young people in the Al Wusta community and Oman as a whole”.

Al Fallahia elaborated further: “Duqm Refinery is the growth engine in the Special Economic Zone of Duqm and has made provision for development opportunities for the local community.” She further added, “Right from the outset, we wanted to play an integral role in the education and training of Oman’s youth. This partnership with Oman Sail will allow us to contribute to the development of our young people, whilst giving them an insight into Oman’s significant maritime heritage”.

Oman Sail CEO David Graham said: “We are delighted to launch this important new programme with Duqm Refinery. Their recognition of Oman’s rich maritime heritage is an exact match with Oman Sail’s mission, as is their focus on youth development.

“Our Corporate and Personal Development team has been highly successful over several years working alongside schools, colleges and businesses. We look forward to working with Duqm Refinery to make the Al Nokhedha project a tremendous success.”

The programme will be delivered in Arabic by a 100 per cent Omani team from Oman Sail’s Corporate and Personal Development (CPD) department. Oman Sail has previously provided youth development programmes to over 3,000 college and 1,500 school students, as well as leadership and management training to more than 20 corporate clients, including the ground-breaking Khazzan Young Leaders’ Programme initiative with BP Oman.

The training courses will include the schools’ programme for 16 and 17 year-olds, which will run from 4th to 6th November, with students selected by the Ministry of Education. Omani youth aged from 18 to 25 and selected by the Ministry of Manpower will participate in their programme from 11th to 13th November.

Duqm Refinery aims to engage in all segments of society by investing in social responsibility initiatives. One of their programmes is “The Science of Refinery”; an initiative that aims to inspire school children in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Offering opportunities to young Omanis, “Marefa” aims to provide employment skills development and training, whilst Duqm Refinery’s flagship programme “Wadha” tackles issues around empowering and building the capacity of women in the Al Wusta region and across the Sultanate.

To enable delivery of its projects, Duqm Refinery has created “Sawaed”, an internal programme designed especially for its staff. Employees are encouraged to dedicate part of their time to becoming programme volunteers, offering a significant contribution to the implementation of its social responsibility initiatives throughout the Governorate of Al Wusta and across the Sultanate.

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There were huge smiles all round as Team Oman Air took their first event win of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series with a dramatic single point victory in San Diego.

The crew of the GC32 foiling catamaran had to scrap for every point in largely light wind conditions, and the overall result was in the balance up to the last manoeuvre of the last leg of the final race.

Skipper Phil Robertson and the crew of Pete Greenhalgh, Stewart Dodson, James Wierzbowski and Nasser Al Mashari celebrated as they crossed the finish line to secure their first regatta win of the year.

Having held second place behind the Swiss team on Alinghi throughout the four-day regatta, the Oman Air crew turned up the wick on the final day with three successive race wins which gave them a narrow three point advantage going into the double-points finale.

Alinghi took the last race win, but smart tactics by Oman Air kept them second ahead of arch-rivals SAP Extreme Sailing Team to secure the Act victory by one point.

“It’s been a good day and it just shows you have to fight for every point,” said Robertson after celebrating the victory.

“It’s tough competition and it’s really nice to finally get a win this season. We knew if we kept ourselves right behind Alinghi on the last race and in front of SAP we would be in a good spot.”

The San Diego result closes the gap between Oman Air and Extreme Sailing Series season leaders Alinghi and second placed SAP, opening the prospect of a late bid for the title at the double-pointed decider in Mexico next month.

“We’re a happy team and have set ourselves up nicely for the last Act in Los Cabos,” said Robertson. “We’ll be going to Mexico to try and win the event that’s for sure, and it’s a bit out of hands after that, but the season is never over till it’s over, so we will stay focused right to the end.”

It’s an approach also shared by Greenhalgh, Oman Air’s mainsail trimmer, who said: “It’s definitely a good feeling to have got a win and the team deserved it, they have been working extremely hard. At this event we have been in it from the beginning and have been able to keep on nudging it up. We will be looking to deliver our best in Mexico.”

The pleasure of the hard-earned victory was also shared with the wider team, which includes coaches and vital support crew.

Bowman Al Mashari said: “It’s a real team effort – there are eight of us here in San Diego and everyone has a big part to play in the outcome, and we’ve also got a team back in Oman, so it is a huge team effort.

“It is great to be able to celebrate our first win of the season, and good too to be able to share it with everyone who has played a part in making it happen.”

Alinghi lead the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series on 68 points with SAP on 65 and Oman Air with 63. The double-pointed season finale in Los Cabos, Mexico, starting on 29 November, will deliver 24 points to the winner, 22 for second and so on.

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