Hyderabad, Jul 9 : The four-day State Level Sailing Chamionships—Telangana State Regatta-- began at the Yacht Club of Hyderabad on Tuesday morning.
Over sixty participants from 12 Telangana districts are competing for the titles. The day one belonged to girls. At the end of the day on Tuesday, the top four places are secured by girls led by Preethi Kongara. With two wins and a second position Preethi is way ahead of the fleet with 4 points distantly followed by sisters Dharani Laveti and Jhansi Laveti at 18 and 22 positions respectively.
Preethi Kongara of Hyderabad started all three races from the middle pop the line sacrificing position for clear wind and speed and shot thru from the middle of the fleet to win two races by a clear margin. Currently ranked at No 3 in India, Preethi hopes to get to India No 1 at the forthcoming ranking championship in Hyderabad.
Lakshmi Nookarathnam finished with one win with a 3rd position. She was disqualified in the 3rd race because she started ahead of time and dropped from 2nd position to 17th. The top 4 are positions are secured by sailors from Hyderabad. Ajay Gajji, a favourite from Vikarabad is placed 5th with 30 points in his kitty. With one win and two bad races he still leads the boys followed by Santosh Chitakalaya at second position with 34 points.
The weather was ideal for racing the Optimists. It was the day of light and heavy winds with gusts ranging from 9 to 18 knots .The tournament is organised by Telangana Sailing Association (TSA) in collaboration with the Yachting Association of India and the Yacht Club of Hyderabad plays a role of the host. (UNI)