Opening Ceremony of the Hyderabad Sailing Week was held at Secunderabad Club Sailing Annexe, Hussain Sagar on 27 Jun 2016. Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ESL Narasimhan was the chief guest at the ceremony.
The event is being jointly organised by the EME Sailing Association and Secunderabad Sailing Club under the aegis of Laser Class Association of India, supported by Government of Telangana, a defence release said. Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Southern Command also graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour.
Lt Gen Gurmukh Singh, SM, VSM**, President Laser Class Association of India (LCAI) and Commodore EME Sailing Club said, “We are indeed privileged to have Shri ESL Narasimhan, Governor of the states of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana amidst us who has graciously consented to be the Chief Guest for the Opening Ceremony of Hyderbad Sailing Week – 2016.
We place on record our gratitude to Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat for taking out time to be with us here today”, while welcoming all the sailors from across the country. He also mentioned, “Over the years, the sport of Sailing has received a tremendous boost in the country in general and Hyderabad in particular.
This event is being hosted at Hussain Sagar Lake for the past 30 years. Sailors from all over the country have come here to test their sailing skills by competing against the top competitors, besides mastering the winds and waves in their quest for glory, in the best traditions of the sport of sailing.
“This year the event has taken a big leap by going multiclass. That means all senior and Olympic class sails in the country will be competing in this glorious event alongside the 31st Laser Sailing Championships. It is overwhelming to see the record breaking number of entries in the event unmatched for any sailing event in the country ever,” he said.
It is overwhelming to see the record breaking number of entries in the event unmatched for any sailing event in the country ever. We have a total of participants and boats participating in all three classes which make this event, as one of its kinds in India.
I would like to wish all the participants of Hyderabad Sailing Week – 2016, the very best. I am sure that there will be a healthy competition in the highest traditions of the sportsmanship”, while wishing fair winds and happy sailing to the participants. At stake are many trophies including Late Lt Cdr Kelly S Rao Trophy, Rolling Trophy by Secunderabad Club, YAI Katari Bowl and a number of individual medals.
Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Southern Command, said “It is indeed encouraging to see a large number of budding Sailors participating in the race. We do hope to see them as medal winners in international competitions”.
To accommodate nearly 200 sailors representing 16 clubs from across the country, competing in six of the 10 Olympic classes in 72 races over five days, will be a major challenge for the Laser Class Association of India (LCAI), the EME Sailing Association (EMESA), the Secunderabad Sailing Club (SSC) and the Sports Authority of Telangana State (SATS), joint hosts of the annual championship.
“It will be trapezoid for the Laser and 470 and a windward-leeward course for the Enterprise, Hobie 16 and RS:X classes.
“International Judges (IJs) Brigadier Jagdish Singh and Brigadier G.S. Julka, principal race officer Col. Satish Kumar Kanwar, Commanding Officer, Army Yachting Node (AYN) Lt. Col. M.P. Jaggi, chairman, race committee will oversee the event,” said Major General Sanjeev Khanna, vice commodore. “There would be no dearth of winds, with speeds likely to pick up in the evenings,” added the former National medallist.
Arjuna awardee Rajesh Choudhary said the meet would be a challenge for the sailors and the organisers. The wind variations would test even the top sailors from the AYN, the EMESA and the Navy, the two-time Asian Games bronze medallist predicted.
LCAI was founded in 1986 with a view to promoting sailing in the country. Hyderabad Sailing Week is an annual feature organised by the LCAI. EME Sailing Association was formed in 1964. The sailing association has produced a number of medal winners both at the national and international level, the release added.