Most nationalities collecting litter

Published on December 15th, 2021

Oman Sail CEO, Dr KHamis Al Jabri reciveing the Guinness World Records™ certificate

Considering the Asian continent accounts for the most global plastic waste discharged to the ocean, that part of the world has issues. But if the first step to solving a systemic problem is recognition, getting the next generation on board is a good idea.

That’s what occurred when a beach clean-up was held during the 2021 Youth Sailing World Championship in Mussanah, Oman. With 433 sailors from 59 nations competing on the Arabian Peninsula, a Guinness World Records™ title was established for the Most Nationalities Collecting Litter.

Participants at the Youth Sailing World Championships, including sailors, Oman Sail officials, staff at Barceló Mussanah Resort and members from the OMRAN Group broke a new record with 73 nationalities collecting over 344kg of litter at Mussanah public beach on December 15, 2021.

“During the beach clean-up it was clearly evident the global challenge of single-use plastic,” said Dr. Khamis Al Jabri, CEO of Oman Sail. “Our organization encourages everyone to reduce or even eliminate single use plastic within their daily activities and to take the UN Clean Seas pledge, a life-long commitment to help protect our environment.

“This record is a great achievement by everyone involved and also highlights just how much litter there is on beaches and in seas around the world. The Youth World Sailing Championships boasts a fleet of 59 nations, showing how collaboration can help to restore and preserve the environment.

“Beach clean ups have been taking place across the country throughout our Oman Sailing Festival, and now at Barceló Mussanah Resort. We are calling on members of the public, residents and tourists across Oman to dispose of their litter appropriately and help out when needed to keep our nation beautiful and clean for future generations.”

Dermot Birchall, General Manager of Barceló Mussanah Resort which is hosting the championship, hopes the event has a ripple effect. “To set a new Guinness World Records™ title whilst hosting the 50th edition of the Youth World Sailing Championships, the first to be held in the Middle East, will be part of our legacy as responsible operators and set a positive example for others to follow.”

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