Four Mumbai sailors to represent India in Asian Games
Mumbai: Teenage sailors Upamanyu Dutta and Arosh Chaudhari won the national selection trials at Vishakapatnam and with it a berth to represent India in 420 Class (men) in the yachting competitions of the Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea later this year.
Also underlining Mumbai`s strong pedigree in sailing was the women`s pair of Diya Correa (15) and Zara Arsiwala, of Cathedral & John Connon High School and B D Somani School respectively, who won the trials in 420 Class (women) and would compete in the Games slated from September 19-October 4.
National champion Upamanyu (17), a student of Bombay International School, recently teamed up with Arosh Chaudhari (16) from Poddar International School.
They turned up a sterling performance to come up trumps among the six best invited teams from the country to win the just-concluded selection trials at Vishakapatnam, said a media release.
All the four young sailors are from the Royal Bombay Yacht Club and, as part of preparations for the Asian Games, will be taking part in various championships in Europe, including the World Sailing Championships in Germany.
The strong sea and wind conditions at Vizag during the trials closely resembled the conditions expected in Incheon.
The pair of Upamanyu and Arosh was hampered by damage to their boat during racing but they were able to demonstrate their clear superiority in skill and experience, which helped them run away as clear winners.