Hyderabad: Kaushal Kumar and Aman Kumar of Artillery Water Sports Association (AWSA) won the third Inland Hobie 16 National sailing championship at Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad. Sailing very consistently throughout the nine race series they finished all races in the top 4 with just one bullet.
Sail The Gulf champion Kalaga Yakobu and Rajeev Kumar finished second overall with 20 points, losing to the Kumar duo by just one point.
On the second day of the series Kaushal and Aman over took first day’s leaders Samal Pradhan and Rahul Rai of INWTC (M) with 18 points while the latter were given 22 penalty points. Samal and Rahul finished third overall with 21 points with one discard. They sailed extremely well in heavy winds on the first day but failed to keep up with the sailors from AWSA in lighter wind conditions.
Taramati Matiwade received the best lady helm trophy. She finished 11th overall.
The event was hosted by the AWSA and sponsored by Birla A1 Premium Cement.
Final Results (Top 5) ::
1st – Kaushal Kumar / Aman Kumar (AWSA)
2nd – Kalaga Yaquob / Rajeev Kumar (AWSA)
3rd – Samal Pradhan / Rahul Rai (INWTC Mumbai)
4th – Imo Lemnok / J C Behra (INWTC Mumbai)
5th – Girish M / Bikash Maithi (AWSA)