14 year old Vir Menon became the first Indian sailor to qualify into the gold fleet of Laser 4.7 World Championship at the MacLaren 2012 Laser 4.7 World Championship held at Buenos Aires, Argentina from 31 March – 7 April. Sailors from 27 countries took part in the event.
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.