Sydney, Australia: Ajay Rau struggled to make a smooth transition from the radial to the full rig as score sheets show us his recent performance at round one of the ISAF World Cup and Australian National Championships. Laser sailing is probably the most competitive racing class in the world. There is no disappointment on Ajay’s side for his poor showing but a realization that there is lots of room for improvement. “Its very exciting to just be racing against these international sailing stars and in a few races I proved to my self I have the ability to be a top laser sailor, this has reassured me to keep working hard”, the Indian sailor says.
At the ISAF World Cup in Melbourne, Ajay finished 27th in the silver fleet and at the ISAF Grade II Australian Championships in Sydney he finished 31st overall.
Sail Melbourne featured many of the worlds best sailors whilst the Australian Championships featured many top notch sailors from Australia (one of top ranked Nations in laser sailing). Andreas Geritzer (AUT), Olympic Bronze medalist, was one of top seeded entries at the Australian Championships.
Ajay is scheduled to return to his home, Chennai, for a month for some intense physical training. The next time he race’s international regattas in Australia, he plans to dominate the competitions and improve his results dramatically.