Indian sailors shine at global regatta

THE HANS INDIA |   Jan 04,2018 , 02:20 AM IST

 Ritika Dangi, Uma Chauhan, Harshita Tomar and Govind Bairagi on the concluding day of the India International Regatta at Krishnapatnam Port on Wednesday
Ritika Dangi, Uma Chauhan, Harshita Tomar and Govind Bairagi on the concluding day of the India International Regatta at Krishnapatnam Port on Wednesday

Nellore: The India International Regatta-2017 concluded in a blaze of glory for several Indian sailors who held on to their best and the organisers for a job done well at the Krishnapatnam Port here on Wednesday.

Organised jointly by the Yachting Association of India, Navayuga Sailing Academy, Yachting Association of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu Sailing Association, there was wholesome praise for the manner it was held in a port that was literally making its debut with the premier event.

The medal race for the top 10 sailors in the individual fleets was a much-awaited race. The breezy winds created a perfect setting for the participants to show their talent and stamina to compete with one another.

 Among the featured races on the last day, it was Olympic Class Laser Radial category that was eagerly awaited even though the top three positions were all but finalized.

Vishnu Saravanan sailed spectacularly to gain an impressive lead over his competitors. With almost a leg lead, the Junior Commissioned Officer of the army flew over the finish line to take both the race as well as the overall championship in this category.

The girls draw was equally enthusiastic. Ramya Saravanan re-affirmed her recent National championship title and easily won the Olympic class Laser Radial race.

Meanwhile, the general perception from among the participants and coaches, including those coming from abroad was that Krishnapatnam Port was ideally placed to contemplate converting it into a regular venue and explore the potential for emerging as a yachting hub on the East Coast.

The overjoyed Anil Yendluri, Chief Executive Officer, Krishnapatnam port, said “we hope to conduct more such events in the coming years.”

Results (India wherever not mentioned): Laser Radial Boys: 1. Vishnu Saravanan (17 points), 2. Tayte Stefaniuk (Canada-27 points), 3.  Govind Bairagi (35); Laser Radial Girls: 1. Ramya Saravanan (55), 2. Jayalakshmi S (75), 3. Ambigavalli Grant (Malaysia-135); Laser 4.7 Open: 1. Harshita Tomar (25), 2. Samsuardi (Indonesia-44), 3. Chitresh (55), 420 Class: 1. Ananya Chouhan/Vishnu Sujeesh (9), 2. Barath S/Abhishek Pandey (21), 3. Punit Kumar Sahoo/Amit Sahoo (24); Optimist Boys: 1. Ramadin Tito (Indonesia-20), 2. Alexander Baudin (Sweden-46), 3. Erra Durga Prasad (59); Optimist Girls: 1. Uma Chouhan (60), 2. Ritika Dangi (193), 3. Elsa Aronsson (Sweden-214); Optimist (Green) Boys: 1. Bethamalla Sachin (15), 2. Padadila Vishwanath (27), 3. Aaryan Anand (39); Optimist (Green) Girls: 1. Veera Vamsham Vaishnavi (44), 2. Maseeha Firdous (85), 3. Sonu Mohammad (97); Most Promising Yachtsman Award-Optimist Green: Akhileshwar Reddy (Boys); Tanishka Gaur (Girls).



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