and the final day the Krishnapatnam India International Regatta 2017 held by
the Yachting Association of India, Navayuga Sailing Academy and Yachting
Association of Andhra Pradesh along with Tamilnadu Sailing Association
concluded amid enthusiastic participation by sailors from all over India and
several other countries, at Krishnapatnam Port.
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.
gun sounded, and the top ten competitors were off, fighting for the top
position. Close to the top mark, Neelanand from India was ahead of the fleet.
But his inability to handle the current effectively saw him slip down to 4th
position. Ramadin Tito from Indonesia capitalised on this and from there on
lead the fleet to score an easy win, and the overall championship in this
the time the Laser 4.7 race begun, the wind had picked up. So, the course was
made longer with 3 upwind legs. By the time the 3rd upwind leg was
in progress, it looked like anybody’s race. But in the last downwind leg,
Gregory Wardojo of Indonesia snatched the race away from everyone else, and
went on to an easy victory in the race. However, due to the string of podium
finishes, the recent National Champion of this Open class Harshita Tomar of
India took the championship in this category.
Yendluri, Chief Executive Officer, Krishnapatnam port, said “There was a good
response to the event that was organised here for the first time here, and that
it would be conducted in the coming years too in a grand manner so as to give a
fillip to the sport”.
the Olympic class Laser Radial category, even though the top 3 positions were
all but finalised, the race was the most anticipated of the day. The fastest
category of the IIR was sure to see some fast-paced action and this race was
the highlight of the day. In a race that was decided from the word go, Indian
lad Vishnu Saravanan sailed spectacularly to gain an impressive lead over his
competition. 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.
asked about the race, Thomas Chaix, the Irish and Canadian coach had this to
say. “Tayte read the wind conditions and tide well. But at 63kgs, he had little
chance at winning against a heavier and more muscular sailor. Vishnu is a great
sailor who has sailed consistently well in this event after claiming National
Championship recently”. Among the Girls, Ramya Saravanan re-affirmed her recent
National championship title and easily won the Olympic class Laser Radial race.
Krishnapatnam port area is found to have a high potential for turning into a
yachting hub on the east coast for sailors and those getting trained to take
part in national and international events. Akhileshwar Reddy and Tanishka Gaur
of Andhra Pradesh begged the Most Promising Yachtsman awards in the Optimist
The organisers were
planning to make the present location a permanent venue for holding the
national and international sailing competitions under the Navayuga Sailing
Academy aiming at developing the young sailors from the region. The more
experienced Sailing organisations of India like TNSA, AYN, NSS Bhopal, INWTC
etc found the Krishnapatnam sailing conditions to be the best in the country
similar to the Olympic conditions and were planning to practice for upcoming
Asian Games 2018 and 2020 Olympics at Krishnapatnam.