Visakhapatnam, Apr 6 UNI | 4 months ago

The Yachting Association of India (YAI) is holding ten-day regatta commencing here today at Rushikonda beach for selection of the team for the Asian Games.

According to ENC Officials, the sailing competition was scheduled to be held in South Korea from September 20 to October 4 this year.

The mega event will witness participation by more than 130 sailors in 14 different classes of boats. Over 30 additional members comprising international judges, race officers and measurers invited by the YAI will ensure smooth conduct and fair selection.

The selection regatta is being organised under the aegis of the Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command (ENC) of the Indian Navy, which is providing the requisite administrative support for managing the Racing area and also for providing rescue support. The selections are being held at the Rushikonda beach.

The event being conducted on a trapezoid race course will be witnessed by Peter David Conway, the Chief National Coach and members of the selection committee of the YAI.

The participating teams include those from Army Yachting Node, Chennai Sailing Academy and the Indian Naval Waterman ship Training Centre (INWTC) and the practice for the regatta commenced a month ago.

Formally constituted on May 15, 1960, and registered on December 22, 1964, at Calcutta, West Bengal, the YAI is affiliated to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the governing authority for sailing worldwide.

The YAI is also officially recognized by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India as the governing authority for sailing, windsurfing, motor boating, powerboat racing and personal watercraft, at sea and on inland waters in India.

(Posted on 06-04-2014)