Special Correspondent

  • First race in Laser 4.7 was conducted under fairly good winds ranging between 10 and 12 knots
  • In the Laser Standard fleet category, the wind speed was 12 to 15 knots

    Hyderabad: Sixteen-year-old NDA cadet Navin Shirodkar won two back-to-back races in the newly introduced Laser 4.7 class as the Laser National sailing championship got underway at the Hussainsagar Lake here on Monday.

    The races began in the afternoon and the first race in the Laser 4.7 class was conducted under fairly good winds ranging between 10 and 12 knots. Young Shirodkar who had won the title in this class in the regatta conducted at Chennai a few weeks ago, showed his potential again as he led from start to finish to win the race in 38 minutes and 50 seconds. Suraj Sadanand of Tamil Nadu Sailing Association was second in a time of 40m 25s and Mrinalini Santhanam also of TNSA was third with 42m 50s.

    Domination

    In the second race Navin again dominated the proceedings and won from Mrinalini and Suraj who finished second and third respectively.

    In the Laser Standard fleet category, the wind speed was 12 to 15 knots and shifted between 10 and 15 degrees in the course of the first race. N.S. Johal of the Army Yachting Node had a great start.

    Although Johal later was given a stiff fight by teammate Harihara, the former managed to hold off the challenge to win in a time of 45m 12s.

    Harihara came second and Jasveer Singh, also from AYN, was third.

    In the second race in the Laser Standard class the wind speed dropped to 10 to 12 knots and then dipped further to eight as the race progressed.

    Best start

    Johal got the best start and was leading till the end of the first triangle but was overtaken by Selvam. Once he had got the lead Selvam proved to be a tough customer to dislodge and he used all his sailing craft to stay ahead till the finish line. Johal came in second followed by Jasveer Singh in third place.

    The results:

    Laser 4.7 class: First race: 1. Navin Shirodkar (NDA) 38m 50s; 2. Suraj Sadanandan (TNSA) 40m 25s; 3. Mrinalini Santhanam (TNSA) 42m 50s. Second race: 1. Navin Shirodkar (NDA) 40m 40s; 2. Mrinalini Santhanam (TNSA) 41m 22s; 3. Suraj Sadanandan (TNSA) 42m 12s.

    Laser Standard: First race: 1. N.S. Johal (AYN) 45m 12s; 2. V. Harihara (AYN) 45m 44s; 3. Jasveer Singh (AYN) 46m 12s. Second race: 1. D.P. Selvam (AYN) 47m 55s; 2. N.S. Johal (AYN) 48m 09s; 3. Jasveer Singh (AYN) 48m 26s.

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