The 11th edition of Mansoon Regatta National Championship kicks off today
Hyderabad, July 24, 2019. The 11th edition of 6 Day Monsoon Regatta National Championship powered by Hyderabad Marriott Hotels starts today here in the city at Yacht Club. A national record of 131 young sailors battling it out to be the National Champion at this event. Yesterday all these sailors had practice races. It will conclude on 28th with a prize distribution.
The cream of the country’s under 16 sailors are at The Yacht Club of Hyderabad practicing at the Hussain Sagar for over a week now.
Local girls Preethi Kongara, currently ranked No. 3 in India will be Telangana top challenger with Lakshmi Nookarathnam , India No. 4 and Telangana No.2 also in top form.
Preethi and Lakshmi finished top two in Telangana in the recently concluded State Championships and it is their last year in the under 16 category.
Top seeds at the Monsoon Regatta Uma Chauhan and Rithika Dangi seeded No 1 and 2 amongst Girls are here from National Sailing School Bhopal to try and clinch podium positions and retain their ranking
Amongst the Boys Monsoon Regatta Defending Champion Chunnu Kumar from the Army Boys Sports School, Bangalore along with his compatriot Vijay Kumar ranked No.1 and 2 amongst Boys in India are here after some grueling practice sessions at Mysore.
Vijay Kumar won the last Nationals at Chennai and started his career at The Yacht Club of Hyderabad before joining the Army Sailing School.
From the Navy Boys Sports School we have Sachin Bethmalla who missed the podium at the Marve Nationals and is here with his team most of which started their careers at Hyderabad under the tutelage of Suheim Sheikh and now with the Navy.
The winds are expected to be mild during the first two days getting to Monsoon strength from Thursday onwards.
This year we are conducting for the first time Team Racing Championships which will comprise of teams of 4 sailors each on 25 and 26 July.
“We are proud to once again host the 11th Monsoon Regatta and we welcome for the first time an International Jury Chaired by Mark Pryke of Australia a renowned International Judge. The competition is going to be extremely gruelling and may the best sailor win” said President of the Telangana Sailing Association Lt.Gen KS Rao .
“We have prepared the local sailors at the Yacht Club extensively for the Monsoon Regatta and look forward to a few good medals. The number going up to 131 sailors is a national record and we hope to continue on this growth spiral” , said Suheim Sheikh President and Coach at the Yacht Club of Hyderabad