Hyderabad: It was all about determination and comeback as Army Yachting Node’s Swatantra Singh bagged the pole position in race four and six in the Finn class category, which made its debut entry in this year’s Hyderabad Sailing Week at the Hussain Sagar Lake on Wednesday.
But Swatantra’s teammate Naveen Kumar with his consistent displays still leads the charts with a net total of 13 points after six races. Swatantra trails behind in the second spot with 15 points.
It was AYN’s Sukhvir Singh who looked poised for a top finish in race four early today. But within 50 metres left for the finish, his boat capsized and the army man was pushed to fifth paving way for Swatantra who finished first, followed by Naveen at second.
In race two, Vivek of AYN got off to a good start. He maintained the lead till the end to emerge on top. But the highlight of the race was Swatantra getting penalised for pumping his sail without the Race Officer displaying the Oscar Flag. Accoprding to Rule 42, a sailor can only pump the sail if the wind speed is above 10 knots and Swatantra was penalised for acting against it.
The last race saw a determined Swatantra tower above the rest as he read the winds well.
It was a relief when moderate winds arrived on Wednesday. With wind speed varying from 12-14 knots and gusting up to 20 knots the conditions looked pretty favourable for sailing
A few of the races were abandoned as sudden showers caught the authorities by surprise. Two races in the Laser Standrad, Laser 4.7, RS:X and one in Hobie 16 respectively were postponed.
Laser Radial: Race IV: 1.Deelip Kumar (EMESA), 2.Abhimanyu Panwar (RMYC), 3.Chintan Chhatbar (INTWC (G)); Race V: 1.Chintan Chhatbar, 2.Abhimanyu Panwar, 3.Harpreet Singh (AYN); Race VI: 1.Deelip Kumar, 2.Harpreet Singh, 3.Ramakant Tiwari;
Laser Standard: Race IV: 1.Manu Francis (AYN), 2.Harpreet Singh (AYN), 3.Himanshu Yadav (INWTC (M));
Laser 4.7: Race IV: 1.Ram Milan Yadav (NSS), 2.K Goutham (YCH), 3.Chitresh T (TNSI);
RS:X: Race IV: 1.Jerome Kumar (AYN), 2.Kore MN (AYN), 3.Ebad Ali (AYN);
Hobie 16: Race IV: 1.Patel Kamlesh Kumar/Rawankar UB (AYN), 2.Kaushal Kumar Yadav/Girish M (AWSA), 3.Jaspreet Singh/Vishnu Prasad GR (AWSA); Race V: 1.Patel Kamlesh Kumar/Rawankar UB, 2.Pawan Kumar/Nitin MK (AYN), 3.Dilip Sarmah/Tejaswi Sai Venkatesh (APSA);
Finn: Race IV: 1.Swatantra Singh (AYN), 2.Naveen Kumar (AYN), 3.Sukhvir Singh (AYN); Race V: 1.Vivek (AYN), 2.Naveen Kumar, 3.Prabith A (AYN); Race VI: 1.Swatantra Singh, 2.Naveen Kumar, 3.Vivek;
470: Race IV: 1.Ayaz Shaik/Shubham Patel (AYN), 2.Praveen Kumar/Ravindra Kumar Sharma (INTWC (M)), 3.Atul Lande/Mahesh Yadav (AYN); Race V: 1.Ayaz Shaik/Shubham Patel, 2.Virender Singh/Sudhanshu Shekhar (INWTC (M)), 3.Praveen Kumar/Ravindra Kumar Sharma; Race VI: 1.Ayaz Shaik/Shubham Patel, 2.Praveen Kumar/Ravindra Kumar Sharma, 3.Virender Singh/Sudhanshu Shekhar;
Enterprise: Race IV: 1.Patel Ashish Kumar/Nagan Behera (EMESA), 2.Rajwant Singh/Mukhtair Singh (CESC), 3.Satish Kumar/Rahul M Nair (AYN); Race V: 1.Patel Ashish Kumar/Nagan Behera, 2.Satish Kumar/Rahul M Nair, 3.E Hemanth Kumar/Amit ARvind Shinde (CESC): Race VI: 1.Patel Ashish Kumar/Nagan Behera, 2.Satish Kumar/Rahul M Nair, 3.Rajwant Singh/Mukhtair Singh.