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Intense competition likely in National Optimist Coastal Championship

Written by: Staff
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Mumbai, Apr 26 (UNI) Around 50 entries are expected for the ABN Amro National Optimist Coastal Championships, which will be held from April 29 to May 7 at the Indian Naval Watermanship Training Centre (INWTC), here.

The announcement was made today in the presence of two Arjuna Awardees, Farokh Tarapore and Homi Motivala, who is also the senior Indian team's chief coach.

The Optimist class, the cradle of sailing so to say, is sailed in over 110 countries and is the only dinghy approved by the International Sailing Federation exclusively for sailors under 16 years of age.

The Optimist has been used by many of India's top sailors on their road to stardom and through these championships, there is hope that India's future champions will emerge.

The event is being organized jointly by the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, Bombay Sailing Association, Colaba Sailing Club and the Indian Naval Watermanship Training Centre, under the aegis of the Yachting Association of India and the National Optimist Association of India.

The championship will see some of the most promising talent in the country facing off and promises to be intense as there are spots on the Indian team for IODA Asian Sailing Championship up for grabs.

The event will have a team event as well as individual championship.

Entries have come in from Tamil Nadu, Goa, Secunderabad and Pune.

The boats in the Optimist Class are 7.7 ft in length and 3 ft in width and weigh around 32 kgs, which mean the kids have a struggle on their hands to maintain balance and ensure that boat does not capsize. The round robin system ensures that the participant's grit, determination and ambition will be put to test.

There will be a total of 11 races in the individual event while the team event will be held separately. The sailor who has the best overall performance from all the races in the individual event will be awarded the National title and each sailor is allowed to discard his/her worst performance in one race from the 11 sailed.

UNI GS KD PM ND1712

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