Hyderabad: It was not even in their dreams that the three girls Preethi Kongara, Jhansi Priya and Lakshmi Nookarathnam would have imagined that they would all be selected for the 2019 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships at Oman.
Participating in the IODA Asian and Oceanian Championship and sailing in the purpose-build Olympic standard venue offers outstanding facilities, including the Millennium Resort Mussanah, as well as ideal winter sailing conditions with blue skies, warm weather and reliable winds. It will be a great experience to Hyderabadi sailors. The venue has hosted numerous international sailing events, including world championships. It is a matter of great pride and prestige for Indain Sailors to participate in such a venue.
After a fantastic performance at the recent 11th Edition of Monsoon Regatta here, this is the best news that they could have got from the Federation. Jhansi at just 12 years and the other two at 15 are all set to leave Indian shores for the their first International Regatta with more than 300 sailors from across the Asian and Oceanian regions. Titled the 2019 Asian and Oceanian Championships that include both individual fleet racing and Team Racing at the Mussanah Sports City, Oman, from Sept 30 to October 7.
Five Boys and five Girls were selected based on their ranking at an all india level. Three boys, Vijay Kumar, Sachin Bethmalla and Vishwanath Padidala are also ex Yacht Club sailors who honed their skills here at Hussain Sagar before being absorbed by the Army and Navy Sailing Schools. The total number of sailors from YCH and Telangana totals to 6 of the 10 selected to the Indian team. The girls coincidentally finished Gold , Silver and Bronze at the recently concluded Telangana State Championships while Preethi Kongara of course made history by winning the National Ranking Monsoon Regatta Gold thereafter.
“With 6 of the Indian contingent from the Yacht Club of Hyderabad it is certainly a matter of pride that our efforts have paid off and especially with the girls that come under the Naavika Project we started exactly 3 years ago. I do look forward to a few medals coming to India this year as the girls are primed up to give their best”, said Suheim Sheikh their coach and the President of the Yacht Club. (NSS)