Sailing selection trails for Asian Games conclude in Chennai

Nevertheless, Dayne and the combine of Ganapathy and Varun chose to skip one of the three scheduled races, for the day, as their positions were secure.

The top two, in all classes, will take part in the Asian Sailing Championship (ASC), and the top boat, in the ASC, will represent India in the Asian Games. (Representational Image)   -  AFP

The duo from Army Yachting Node, Ayaz Shaikh and Mahesh Yadav, faced adversity staring at its face, but in the end, the pair emerged unscathed, in the 470 class, at the Sailing selection trials for the Asian Games, which concluded at the Chennai Port, on Sunday.

However, for Vishnu Saravanan (laser standard), K.C. Ganapathy-Varun Thakkar (49er), Ekta Yadav-Shaila Charls (49er FX), Dayne Coelho (RS: One) and Jerome Kumar (RS:X), overall champions in their respective categories, it was smooth sailing on the final day.

Nevertheless, Dayne and the combine of Ganapathy and Varun chose to skip one of the three scheduled races, for the day, as their positions were secure.

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Leading for most part of the four days, Ayaz-Mahesh was judged “guilty”, by the jury, on Friday, after two days of hearing, and when the list was out, on Sunday morning, the AYN sailors were penalised 16 points, for colliding with Navy’s Praveen Prabhakar and R.K. Sharma, in Race 5, and were pushed to the third place.

Undeterred, Ayaz-Mahesh finished first and second, in the last two races of the day, to emerge second overall, behind Atul Lande and C.H.S. Reddy (AYN), and qualify for the Asian championships, in Ancol, Jakarta, in June.

The top two, in all classes, will take part in the Asian Sailing Championship (ASC), and the top boat, in the ASC, will represent India in the Asian Games.

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The results (overall, provisional):

Men: laser 4.7: 1.Govind Bairagi (NSS, Bhopal), 2. Sathish Yadav (NSS, Bhopal),3. Aniketh Rajaram (TNSA); laser standard: 1. Vishnu Saravanan (AYN), 2.Mohit Saini (AYN), 3.Gitesh (AYN); Optimist: 1.R. Neelanand (TNSA), 2. Aashish Vishwakarma (NSS, Bhopal), 3. Ritika Dangi (NSS, Bhopal); 49er: 1.K.C. Ganapathy-Varun Thakkar (TNSA),2. Narender Singh-S.R. Rout (AYN),3. Sandeep Jain-Munna Pandit (AYN); 470:1. Atul Lande-C.H.S.Reddy (AYN),2. Ayaz Shaikh-Mahesh Yadav (AYN), 3. Praveen Prabhakar-R.K.Sharma (INWTC, Mumbai); RS:X: 1. Jerome Kumar (AYN),2. Manpreet Singh (AYN), 3. Kore Manoj (AYN); RS:One: 1. Dayne Coelho (GBSA),2. Rahul Chaudhary (INWTC, Goa), 3. Kedar Nath Tiwari (EMESC, Bhopal);

Women: laser radial: 1. Nethra Kumanan (TNSA), 2. Ramya Saravanan (CESC, Pune), 3. Tanu Bisen (NSS, Bhopal); 49er FX: 1. Ekta Yadav-Shaila Charls (NSS, Bhopal), 2. Varsha Goutham-Sweta Shervegar (AMS Sailing Foundation),3. Jayalakshmi Sundaravadive-N. Aishwarya (TNSA).