Day Three - Challenging Conditions

The third day of racing at the India International Regatta 2015 started with mild conditions and turned really tricky in the end, especially for the Optimists.

The sea was flat and the breeze from the north east never went above 5 to 7 knots. But towards the afternoon the current was so strong the boats struggled to go up against it. However three races were held for each of the classes as per schedule. This meant a log arduous day, especially for the little Optimists!

Among the 29ers the Danish held absolute control and won all three races and consolidated their lead. However Naveen Kumanan and Aniketh Rajaram from India seem to have found the form that eluded them on yesterday, to move back within the medal zone.

There were no surprises in the RS One with Dayne Coelho winning all the races once again.

The laser Radial sees the battle between Ireland’s Johnny Durcan and India’s Vishnu Saravanan for the top spot continue to play out, whilst in the Laser 4.7 Mohammad Abdulkareem from the UAE is far ahead of the competition.

The low wind conditions made things particularly difficult for the Optimist fleet. The first race of the day was completed with comparative ease, but in the second race strong current swept away the fleet. Only a few boats managed to finish that race. In a shortened course in the third race, many sailors found themselves unable to make it to the start line. Saif of the UAE has managed to hold on to his lead but Navyn Prabhakar from India had a cracker of a day to edge Chitrest Thatha to third spot!

Tomorrow is likely to bring in some changes in the leaderboard with the first discards coming into play.

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