The Yachting Association of India have announced that it is organizing the third edition of the India International Regatta at Chennai from 2-9 October 2011.
In a city that hosts events like the Chennai Open and the Chennai Marathon, the sport of sailing has gained prominence and India International Regatta is becoming an annual landmark event.
With over a 100 sailors from a dozen countries participating, one can expect keen fight and high drama on the water. Indonesia, Thailand, Ireland, Malaysia, Slovenia, Myanmar and Norway have all registered to participate in the week long regatta which promises to be challenging not only because of the speed of the boats and the young age of sailors, but also because of the demanding pre-monsoon conditions prevalent at the time.
The India International Regatta which is partly funded by Government of India and Government of Tamil Nadu aims to promote interest in preservation and conservation of our environment and natural resources, promote sailing as a healthy and enjoyable sport for pleasure and competition for everyone for life, bring international and interstate sailors to Chennai, highlight and promote Chennai as the world class sailing destination and support the development and growth of sailing classes, Yacht Clubs and sailors.
Admiral Nirmal Verma, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of Naval Staff and President, YAI, while pledging to broad base the sport in the country, said, "India International Regatta will provide the greater Indian sailing community, in particular youth sailors, with a terrific opportunity to learn and develop into future World Champions."
The Tamil Nadu Sailing Association is hosting the Regatta out of the Port of Chennai and races will be organized in the Bay of Bengal. With the emphasis on youth, this regatta has been organized in two youth racing classes: the single handed Optimist dinghy for the sub junior sailors and the 29er for adolescent sailors who have grown out of the Optimist.
Since 2004, two years after its inception, when it conducted the first ever National Championships in two classes simultaneously, the TNSA has been conducting National Sailing Championships every year. With the largest youth fleet in the country, who have been dominating the junior level nationally, it is but natural that TNSA is the chosen one for conducting the annual India International Regatta. Pleased with the responsibility, Mr.Ashok Thakkar, Commodore of TNSA said, "It is wonderful to be spearheading the growth of a nascent sport in Tamil Nadu, there is no doubt that the IIR will spark great interest in the sport and draw more youngsters to sailing."
Convinced by the terrific success of the previous two editions of the Regatta, Volvo Buses and Volvo Penta of the Volvo Group in India have come back as the title sponsors. Volvo Group, as followers of this sport will be aware, are major supporters of this sport internationally and the title sponsors of the toughest and most prestigious of around-the-world yacht races, The Volvo Ocean Race.
"We are very proud of our sponsorship of the India International Regatta. Volvo is associated with the sponsorship of major sailing championships worldwide and connected with loyal and dedicated sailing fans around the world. As the title sponsor of the 'India International Regatta,' we have the honour of extending our relationship with sailors in India too,"
said Managing Director of Volvo Buses, Akash Passey.
Other sponsors like Gamesa, Tata Teleservices, Tissot Watches and Coca Cola India, also have come back to support the event once more, along with new sponsors Raymond Ltd. The participants and officials will be hosted by the Taj Group of Hotels. The event is supported by the Government of India, Chennai Port Trust, Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu and Indian Navy.
From the 1 to 3 October, officials from ISAF will also be conducting International Measurer seminar which will offer the visiting and host team members the opportunity to qualify as International Measurer. The seminar will be conducted by Barry Johnson, Australia.
With the third India International Regatta, Chennai will be established firmly in the international sailing map as a great centre for world-class sailing - a sport that breathes passion and leaves no carbon footprints. Come and watch dramatic action unfold on the high seas as fearless youngsters fight for supremacy over wind and water.
For more information go to - www.iiregatta.in