Sailor Rajesh Choudhary, 36, who hails from Bihar and took to the sport while representing the EMESA in regattas in Hyderabad has established himself as one of the best sailors in the country now. Fellow competitors who sometimes call him “Chou Sir” have great respect for his understanding of winds and weather.

Cricketer Matthew Hayden went through a traumatic experience once when sailing a boat near North Stradbroke Island. The boat capsized and he and his two companions (one of whom was fellow Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds) had to swim more than a kilometre to reach safety.