Xerxes Bamboat with crew Salil Sabir and Nikhil Chawla sailed brilliantly to win the Lightning cup 2011, the opening race of the 2011-12 club racing season. They finished 3rd in the first leg of the race but they sailed the return leg of the race in a superb manner and lead the fleet right from the start to seal the win.
Darshan Bajaj sailed very consistently to finish second overall. He finished second on both the legs of the race. Bajaj had beaten Xerxes in the Mumbai – Mandwa leg of the race but he could not keep up with the young dinghy racer who remained unreachable on the upwind leg.
The Mumbai – Mandwa leg of the race was won by Prasad Shelar with crew Suraj Singh & Kaustubh Khade. Sailing in a boat with highest handicap in the entire lightning fleet, they raced extremely well to finish first online and claim victory in the first leg of the race. They finished 3rd on the return leg and were placed third overall.