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20 January 2006, 11:43 am
Enterprising Sri Lankans Run Worlds
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Enterprise World Championship 2005
Negombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's visitor statistics are about to be given a real boost by the Enterprise World Championship 2005 in Negombo, sponsored by Sri Lanka Insurance. Last year the Championship was postponed due to the tsunami, but from 11-19 February, a fleet of over 70 boats is set to battle for the 2005 World title.
Sailing is on the up-and-up in Sri Lanka these days. The Yachting Association of Sri Lanka (YASL) under the presidency of Joseph KENNY, has been running a Junior Development Programme. Coach cum co-ordinator, Jirasinha, acts as guide, mentor and friend to the youngsters - with assistance from British National Coach and selector, Alan WILLIAMS.

At the Junior Tri-Nation South Asian Yachting regatta, held last month in Karachi, Sri Lankans Ishan ABEYSEKERE, Devin GOONEWARDENA, Nadine ROSAYRO and Indrajith ABAYASENA between them won two gold medals, a silver and bronze, and ran out as Overall Winners of the regatta.

The organization of last year's Enterprise Nationals at Negombo made the right impression on officials from the International Enterprise Class Association, Richard ESTEAUGH (current World Champion) from Britain and Homi MOTIWALA, from India.

KENNY said, 'We showed them that we had the organizational capability, the infrastructural facilities and sufficient accommodation for the participants to be able to host a World Championship.'

The Sports Ministry has always been promoting the cause of water sports and the

Minister of Sports, Jeevan KUMARATUNGA, has extended financial assistance to the event through the Sports Ministry.

The Sri Lanka Navy will be assisting with security matters as well as providing support boats and other equipment, whilst Metropolitan will assist in co-coordinating communications. Other sponsors include Jetwing and SriLankan Airlines. Sri Lanka Insurance is principal sponsor of the event.

Organisers YASL are expecting a fleet of around 75 boats with their respective crews from Britain, Ireland, Canada, India, Pakistan, Scotland and South Africa, not forgetting a Sri Lankan contingent which will includes a number of competitors from the Sri Lanka Navy.

February and March are among the driest months in Sri Lanka, and winds could be anywhere from light to around 15 knots. The seas off Negombo at this time of year are generally calm and there are no tides of any note. Sea temperatures are around 30 degree Celsius.

Richard DWIGHT/Sail World (As Amended By ISAF)
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