Delightful Conditions On Kick Off

Delightful conditions, steady breeze and bright sunshine greeted sailors on the first day of the India International Regatta 2017.

The first leg of the Asian Sailing Federation Youth Cup 2017-18, and the 9th edition of the Only International Youth Sailing Competition of India kicked off today. Held under the aegis of the Yachting Association of India (YAI) and the Asian Sailing Federation (ASAF), the India International Regatta (IIR) 2017 is organised by the Tamil Nadu Sailing Association (TNSA) and Yachting Association of Andhra Pradesh (YAAP). It is the only event of its kind in the country and keenly anticipated by sailors from India and many other Asian nations. As we have a hundred and sixty sailors from across the world representing 9 countries including India entered in the event, which will feature the youth classes of boats, the Optimist, Laser 4.7 Laser Radial and the 420.  This event is run with approval from various Government Ministries, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs and the State Government

The event’s Lead Sponsor is Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd., the Co-sponsors are Larsen and Tubro Construction, IOCL Ltd, Seaport Cargo Logistics Pvt.Ltd, Equinox Marinetek Services Pvt.Ltd. and Elite Shipping Agencies India Pvt. Ltd. The event is also supported by TT Insurance Broking Services.

 The Optimist is the international single-handed class for juniors up to the age of 15. Ninety percent of the Olympic sailors are said to have started their career in this boat. The largest number of entries are in this class with 60 sailors with last year’s winner Ramadin Tito from Indonesia back to defend his title. As day 1 proved he is going to have to fight it out with one of Sweden’s top Opti sailors Alexander Baudin.

The Laser 4.7 is a hugely popular single-handed youth class which is a stepping stone to the Olympic classes Laser Standard and Radial. This year will see keen competition in this class as it is one of the classes being sailed in The Asian Games 2018 with TNSA sailors Aniketh Rajaram who just topped among the Laser 4.7 boys in the recently concluded national sailing championships and Chitresh Thatha, who has already represented the country at the last Asian Games, battling it out with NSS Bhopal sailors and Samsuardi from Indonesia who was the winner in this class in 2016. This class also has Optimist winner in 2015, Saif Saeed Hamad Ali Al Mansoori, and has moved to the 4.7 and top Malaysian sailors.

The next most keenly fought class is the Laser Radial class with India’s Vishnu Saravanan, from CESC Pune going to have to fight it out with the boys Tayte Stefaniuk from Canada and Asmawi Bin Azman from Malaysia.

The largest contingent of international sailors is from Sri Lanka with 14 sailors, across the Optimist, 4.7 and radial classes, with some of whom will even sail in the Optimist Novice fleet. The novice fleet was introduced last year at IIR with Asian many countries asking for this so their little upcoming sailors could also be exposed to some good international competition.

The Yacht Club of Hyderabad has the largest number of sailors at IIR 2017 with 24 sailors just pipping out TNSA at 22 sailors. A large number of their sailors are girl sailors from very humble backgrounds and the work being carried out by the YCH to broad-base the sport, especially among girls is commendable. With 14 of 29 girls sailors in the Optimist fleet.

The main fleet will be sailing a Trapezoid course in open seas while the Novice fleet will also sail a trapezoid course but inside the breakwaters to keep conditions less challenging for them. This year will be the first time the Olympic format of a medal race for the top 10 sailors in fleets with more than 15 sailors, after the first 3 days of racing will be attempted at IIR to make the sport more interesting for spectators. Points will double in the medal race which quite often makes it an all or nothing race for those vying for medals. In the qualifying races 9 races are planned over 3 days with 1 discard kicking in post 6 races. This is part of the Asian Sailing Federation’s attempts to standardise racing, improve quality and popularise the sport across not just India but across Asia, with both chairman of the ASAF, Mr. Malav Shroff and Chairman events committee, Capt. Ajay Narang being from India.

The ASAF Youth cup series has this year expanded from 4 events to 5 to be held in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE and Indonesia in that order in the run up to the Asian Games 2018.

 International Race officials and Jury have been appointed to ensure that the conduct of the event is scrupulously fair and efficient. International Race Officer Mr. Ilker Byandir from Turkey is the Principal Race Officer for the event assisted by TNSA member and RYA race officer Mylai Prabhakar, while International Judge Mr. Chris Watts from the UK is the chair of the jury which will comprise of distinguished International Judges from India, Korea and Singapore.

 

​Optimist

  1. Alexander Baudin, Sweden
  2. Ramadin Tito, Indonesia
  3. E Durga Prasad, Sweden​

Optimist Novice

  1. B Sacchin, IND
  2. Aaryan Anand, IND
  3. Mustafa M Topiwala, IND

 

Laser 4.7

  1. Samsuardi, Indonesia
  2. Saif Al Mansoori, UAE
  3. Harshita Tomar, IND

Laser Radial

  1. Vishnu Saravanan, IND
  2. Govind Bairagi, IND
  3. Tayte Stefaniuk, Canada

420

  1. Ananya Chouhan & Vishnu Sujeesh, IND
  2. Barath S & Abhishey Pandey, IND
  3. Punit Kumar & Amit Sahoo, IND

Complete results are here

 

Competitor Information

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