Windsurfing National Coastal Championship in Goa from May 14

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Panaji, May 12 (UNI) Goa Yachting Association (GYA) and Board Sailing Association of India will organise a five-day Windsurfing National Coastal Championship and the Optimist Zonal Coastal Championship 2008, to be held in the coastal waters of the Zuari Bay in the Raceboard class of Windsurfers from May 14 to 18.

Speaking to mediapersons today, GYA President Cezar Menezes said around 20 windsurfers from all over the country will participate in the championship, sponsored by Cidade de Goa. The winners of the regatta will be awarded the trophy. The event will kick off on Wednesday with a practice race at 1530 hours.

The championship will comprise of 12 races, in which sailors will get points in the order in which they finished the race. The sailors with the least number of points at the end of the series will be awarded the Cidade De Goa Trophy.

Mr Menezes said in the Optimist Zonal Coastal Championship, dinghy will be provided for children u-16. Around 35 children from five clubs in Mumbai and one each in Chennai and Goa, will participate in the Championship. A ''Regatta Fleet'' of beginners will race separately, he said.

Special prizes will be awarded to sailors u-12, Mr Menezes added.

He said the championship will comprise of eight races and the sailor with the least number of points at the end of series of races will receive the trophy.

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