Medal Race & Event Wrap Up

The Olympic format medal race brought the curtains down on the final day of the India International Regatta 2017 and ASAF Youth Sailing Cup 2017 - 18

Day-4 and the final day at IIR was of added importance to decide the eventual winners. The medal race for the top 10 sailors in the individual fleets was a much-awaited race. Since it was happening close to the beach, people turned up in large numbers. The course was set, the optimists were ready, and the whistle was set to go.

Then the wind shifted from 10 to almost 90 degrees. This shift was so significant that the race officer decided to pull up all the marks and re-lay the course in a new layout. Thankfully the wind did not shift anymore. The optimists lined up for their last race of the event.

The 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 category.

By the time the Laser 4.7 race begun, the wind had picked up. So, the course was made longer with 3 upwind legs. The day was heating up, but so was the competition. 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, Harshita Tomar of India took the eventual championship in this category.

In the 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. Even though the audience on shore had thinned, 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. When 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”

The curtains have come down on another extremely successful edition of the India International Regatta. The boats are packed and the trucks are leaving. Krishnapatnam beach wears a forlorn and desolate look. Another stage is set to crown the winners of this event. After 4 days of intense sailing, it is time to let the hair down, relax and savour the new friendships and experiences of what everyone would fondly remember as IIR 2017. So long and Farewell until IIR 2018!

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