the years, she has taken part in numerous international regattas
and historic voyages, having visited over 30 countries and logging
thousands of nautical miles.
surprisingly, this graceful craft is regarded by many as the Sultanate's
unofficial maritime ambassador on a sailing mission of peace and
maiden mission was a tour of GCC states as part of the Year of
the Youth celebrations. Carrying a group of youngsters from the
GCC states, she called at ports in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain
and the United Arab Emirates, finally reaching Qatar on the eve
of the GCC Summit, which was held in Doha that year.
years later, in 1986, Shabab Oman embarked on her first transoceanic
voyage to the United States as a participant in the maritime show
organised to celebrate the anniversary of the construction of
the Statue of Liberty in New York.
by the success of the US cruise, Shabab Oman sailed the following
year to Australia to join other tall ships in celebrations marking
the arrival of the first inhabitants on the island-continent.
was the only tall ship from the Arab world to take part in the
celebrations. The voyage covered a distance of 17,825 nautical
miles, and included halts at several destinations in Australia.
April 1992, Shabab Oman sailed from Italy to join tall ships in
the 500th anniversary celebrations of Portuguese explorer Christopher
Columbus' discovery of America in 1492.
celebrations took place on the shores of the Atlantic. The craft
returned to the Said bin Sultan Naval Base in October that year,
after logging a total distance of 16,664 nautical miles.
years later, Shabab Oman again sailed to France to participate
in the 50th anniversary of the Normandy landing during the Second
at berth in France, the tall ship received scores of visitors
who toured her shipboard exhibition of Omani handicrafts.
voyage took her to 13 other ports in nine countries in the region.
Following His Majesty's directives, Shabab Oman sailed for St
Petersburg in Russia in 1996 to participate in the 300th anniversary
celebrations of the founding of the Russian Navy.
also took part in the international Cutty Sark race for tall ships,
which began at Rostock, Germany, and concluded at Copenhagen,
participation won her a prestigious award a silver shield
for the best tall ship to travel the longest distance without
penalty points. While in port at St Petersburg, over 14,500 people
visited the craft.
thousand also came on board when she called at Rostock. Among
the distinguished visitors was German President Roman Hertzog
who received an Omani khanjar as a souvenir.
winning the silver shield, Shabab Oman became the first Arab tall
ship to have bagged an award in Cutty Sark regattas, breaking
a long tradition of awards hitherto being claimed exclusively
by European ships.
February 1997, the doughty craft added another feather to her
cap by winning a prize in the 1997 Cutty Sark regatta in Osaka.
time, the ship was cited for its crewmanship, also making her
the first competitor in Cutty Sark races to bag prizes in two
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