Buenos Aires, Argentina: Four Laser 4.7 sailors, three boys and one girl, represented India at the MacLaren 2012 Laser 4.7 World Championship at Buenos Aires, Argentina from 31 March – 7 April. Sailors from 27 countries took part in the event.
Indian team comprised of Vir Menon, Abhimanyu Panwar, Ravindhar Murali and Ekta Yadav. The team produced India’s best results ever at the 4.7 World Championships.
14 year old Vir Menon became the first Indian sailor to qualify into the gold fleet of Laser 4.7 World Championship. He sailed the series superbly to finish 33rd in the gold fleet and 7th overall in the u-16 category. His best was a 5th place finish in second race of the series.
Vir ended the last race with a bit of a bang – his mast bent 30 degrees. But he still managed to finish the race and received a huge round of applause from all the competitors & jury!
“This championship has been by far, and I talk for the rest of the team when I say this was the most amazing experience in a large number of ways. I would like to thank every single person here in Argentina and in India for the fantastic encouragement and support”, Vir posted on Facebook.
Abhimanyu Panwar and Ravindhar Murali finished 25th and 31st respectively in the silver fleet. Abhimanyu’s best position was 15th place in the sixth race while Murali’s best position was 12th place in fifth race. Murali finished 17th in the u-16 category.
In the girls division Ekta Yadav finished 34th overall. She made India’s presence felt in the girl’s fleet by finishing 2nd in the third race of the championship.
Martín Abade, team’s coach said, “The most difficult thing was the wind changes and gusty conditions and short wave. The team performance was in line with their actual level.”
Former Chief National Coach Capt. Homi Motivala praised the team’s performance. “Well done all! It doesn’t matter where you finished. What matters is that you learnt many lessons that you will carry forward. And you guys were great ambassadors of our country! Well done!” he commented on Facebook.