Donald fights back, Rajesh continues clean sweep

Rajesh Chaudhary of AYN kept a clean slate by winning both the races in Laser Radial class on the third day of National Laser and Board Sailing Championships here today.

Updated: Apr 30, 2010, 22:30 PM IST

Panaji: Rajesh Chaudhary of AYN kept a clean
slate by winning both the races in Laser Radial class on the
third day of National Laser and Board Sailing Championships
here today.

The races were held under strong gusty winds in the
morning and light winds in the evening.

Donald Coelho showed his determination to fight back when
he won the first race of the day in spite of lagging behind
Derrick throughout the race.

Derrick and Remy got off to a flying start with Donald in
the third place. A determined Donald, however, fought back to
overtake Remy in the second leg of the race. He, then, chased
down Derrick in the last leg of the race and shot past Derrick
barely 25m before the finish line.

In the second race of the day, Derrick, Donald and Remy
finished first to third in a close race.

With fluctuating winds, the lead constantly changed
hands. However, Derrick kept a constant cover on Donald to
ultimately win the race and maintain his lead in the overall
championships at the midway stage.

Chaudhary kept a clean slate by winning both the races of
the day with reasonable ease in the Laser Radial class.

In the first race of the evening, Rajesh got off to a
good start. There was a close tussle between BK Rout,
Dharmender Singh, Jaswir Singh and Ramesh Kumar.

While Rajesh maintained a comfortable lead, the other
four tussled for the second and third spot. Ultimately, it was B K Rout who proved his superiority by
winning the second spot followed closely by Dharmender Singh.

Rout again took the second spot in the sixth race with
Jaswir Singh taking the third spot.

In the Laser Standard and Laser 4.7, only one race could
be held due to fluctuating wind.

Gajender Singh of AYN got off to a good start followed by
Harihara, Sukwir Singh and Mohanlal. All four sailors kept a
good cover on their competitors and made sure that they did
not allow the next sailor to pass them.

Gajender ultimately won the race comfortably with
Harihara taking the second spot and Sukwir taking the third
spot.

In Laser 4.7 class, there was a close tussle between
Pravin Prabhakar, Hussain Bhavanagarwala, Zefra Currimbhoy and
Aishwarya Chezhiyan. All the four sailors fought a close
battle with lead changing hands on different legs of the race.

Pravin Prabhakar, however, proved his superiority by
winning the race followed closely by Hussain and Zefra.

The races for the fourth day will start at 10 am on
Saturday.

PTI

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