Ayaz Shaikh & Sandip Jain – Joint sailor of the Month – March 2011
In Ayaz Shaikh and Sandip Jain, Army Yachting Node has the best sailing pair in the country. The coordination and rhythm they sail with is phenomenal. Time after time both of them have proved why they are amongst the top sailors in the country.
Ayaz’s quick thinking and clear cut decision making and Sandip’s finely tuned crewing skills and tactical knowledge are a perfect combination to put any professional sailing team out of business.
This time they proved their mettle by beating World No.40 Ramachandran Mahesh 3 – 1 to win the YAI Match Racing National Squad selection trials at INWTC (MB). Their team proved to be too good for the nine rivals as they easily won the round robin, semi finals and the finals.
Back in 2002 at the National Games, when they sailed the 420 class together, they had dethroned the reigning 420 class world champions Farokh Tarapore and Vikas Kapila.
No doubt they are the strongest sailing pair in the country today with talent and ability to perform at the highest international level.