The National Laser Sailing Championships are on from 5th to 11th August, at the Hussain Sagar lake. The event is being co-hosted by the EME Sailing Association and the Secunderabad Sailing Club, for the Laser Class Sailing Association of India.
The races will be held in three categories, namely the Laser Standard, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 class of boats, with the last category being mainly for youngsters and newcomers. About 29 participants in the Laser Standard category, 46 participants in the Laser Radial category and 11 in the Laser 4.7 class are participating in these championships.
In the Laser Standard category, Rajesh Choudhary - winner of two Asian Games bronze medals - and N S Johal, and D P Selvam (all three from the Army Yachting Node), Salil Sabir from the Goa Yatching Association and Anirudh of the Secunderabad Sailing Club are the ones to watch out for.
In the Laser Radial category, leading sailors like the experienced B K Rout, Dharmender Singh and P Madhu, and several of the Secunderabad Sailing Club's participants including the experienced Dinesh Boorugu are in the fray.
In the Laser 4.7 class, 17-year-old Navin Shirodkar of the EME Sailing Association who created a sensation last year by winning all races, will be the main attraction this year too. The Tamil Nadu Sailing Association will have six entries and the Secunderabad Sailing Club will have Alekhya, Faraz, Sagarika and Amita to complete the line-up.
Please contact Brig C P Singh Deo, Secretary, Rowing Federation of India, at 2779-2577/94400-54150 for further details.