Day Two - Mixed Fortunes

After a thrilling opening day at the India International Regatta 2016 and ASAF Youth Sailing Cup 2016 - 17 in Chennai, day two Of the India International Regatta, the sailors were greeted with excellent sailing conditions that was a mixture of steady winds from the north east, on day two.

Averaging between 8-10 knots that increased to 13 knots through the day with less swells as compared to day one but with stronger currents. “The conditions were excellent, perfect for competitive sailing and racing,” said Mylai Prabhakar, the Deputy Principal race officer. The excellent conditions enabled the race committee to conduct three races each for the Laser 4.7, Laser radial and the 29ers.

The windsurfers who raced three races today saw Goan sailor Dayne Coelho get the gun in all of them. Coelho, who won all the four races the previous day was leading in the leader board, the guns have just added on to his already existing lead. “Today the wind was a bit lighter, it got stronger as the day went on, it was similar yesterday’s conditions,” said Coelho tired of the long races he sailed today. “The conditions yesterday was my favorite type of condition, the conditions I like to sail in and they are the conditions I can be the most competitive in,” he commented on the conditions that prevailed on the first day of the races.

The optimist class which is the biggest fleet with 67 sailors in the main fleet and 15 sailors in the green fleet raced in course alpha and completed four races for both the main fleet and the green fleet. Bravo to all the green fleet novice sailors who braved the conditions in their first international regatta at home. The Swedish team that was leading in the optimist category post completion of the races on day one didn’t have a great day today and dropped to the fifth and the sixth position. Indonesian sailor Ramadhan Tito is currently leading the optimist class having got the gun in two of the four races held today.

The Thai sailors had a great day of sailing across the board with their sailors finishing within the top 3 in almost all races of the day. Panwa Boonnak and Jedtavee Yongyuennarn of Thailand are in the second and third places of the optimist class. Admiral Kraisorn Chansuvanich, the President of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand who visited the regatta with few other naval officers from the country was impressed with the sailing conditions of the Bay of Bengal. “The racing here is very good and I think next time Yatching association of Thailand will come to join the racing every year and if I ever get a chance to come back, I will come definitely,” he said. “I heard that you have sixteen countries in the regatta it is not easy to win in this race because a lot of best sailors from different countries are taking part but my team is new so they will get very good experience of the strong winds, the waves and the tides of the sea in India which will be very useful for them in future events in other countries,” he added. Delighted about the team’s performance and the excellent sailing conditions, he offered a bi-lateral exchange training for Indian and Thai sailors to enable them to get trained in conditions different from home as he as a sailor believes that only excellent training makes a successful sailor.

As the laser 4.7 sailors sailed 3 races today, Samsaurdi of Indonesia and Nancy Highfield of Hong Kong continued to lead the table securing the top two positions respectively. Samsaurdi’s guns in all the races today helped him to maintain his first place while Highfield’s fifth and second finish helped her to retain her lead. The Indian sailors displayed an excellent performance in the 420 and the laser Radial Classes by securing all the three places in the 420 category and the top two in the Laser radial. It was in all, a good day with the weather making the races more competitive.

Detailed results can be found here.

 

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