Panaji: The penultimate day of the national
board sailing championship saw Derrick make a clean sweep in
both the races to build up a sizeable lead over his nearest
rival Donald Coelho.
Derrick who surrendered his national title to Donald
Coelho last year sailed with a vengeance to prove that he is
still the best boardsailor in the country inspite of his
advancing age of 49 years.
The first race of the day was sailed in winds of about 12
knots. Derrick got off to a perfect start followed by Remy
and Donald. Remy kept the pressure on Derrick throughout the
race by engaging him in a constant tacking duel.
Derrick fought gamely and maintained his lead from start
to finish and to win the races comfortably followed by Remy
The second race of the day saw the wind pick up to about
16 knots. A determined Donald kept Derrick covered at the
start, resulting in a nervy Derrick shooting over the start
line before the start of the race resulting in his having to
incur the penalty of restarting the race.
This gave Donald a chance to get a perfect star and
establish a clear lead over Derrick and Remy. Donald took full
advantage of the situation and built up a sizeable lead
leaving Derrick and Remy to fight for a second spot.