The sailors cruised their way through Hussainsagar, to pay their respect to the victims of the twin blasts in the city. 'The race was to show solidarity with the victims of the recent blasts,' said C.S. PRADIPAK, veteran sailor and Ajuna Award winner.
On Sunday, two races were organised in which a number of sailors from the Secunderabad Sailing Club, EME Sailing Association and Artillery Centre Sailing Club participated. The races were open to all classes of boats. Sailors participated in the Laser Radial, Enterprise and the 420 boats.
Early in the morning the sailors could be seen preparing their boats for the race. 'I am so glad that so many sailors participated. Sailing is one of the oldest sport that were a part of the Olympic Games,' PRADIPAK said.
Sailors from the city took part enthusiastically. 'Most of them are IT professionals who sail in their free time,' PRADIPAK elaborated.
The two physically handicapped sailors from the city, Fatima BEE and Ramesh REDDY were also present, manouvering their boats on the placid Hussainsagar. Though the winds were not very strong, it was a blessing that it did not rain.
The sails fluttering in the Hussainsagar on a fine Sunday morning sent out strong messages. One, that the city is back to normal now. And two, the joy of sailing continues to spread itself after a century-long tradition.
The Yachting Association of India and Secunderabad Sailing Club, EME Sailing Association & Artillery Centre Sailing Club have been immensely proud to be associated with the global initiative of the International Sailing Federation.
Thank you again for helping ISAF celebrate 100 years of sailing - let's get out there and Sail the World!
"I am very proud to be President of the International Sailing Federation as we celebrate 100 years. What is evident is that the past one hundred years mark a period of vibrant and exciting growth for sailing. A period when the spirit of solidarity, friendship and passion for sailing has prevailed over borders, religions, genders and cultures. This weekend of 1-2 September, the "Sail the World" celebrations capture the very spirit of sailing. I am delighted at the number of events, clubs and classes all over the world partnering with ISAF as we join together to "Sail the World."' Göran PETERSSON
Formed in 1907, ISAF will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary throughout 2007.
Amongst the highlights of ISAF Centenary celebrations will the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships and the Sail the World weekend from 1-2 September. ISAF will also be publishing a 100 Years of Sailing commemorative book and launching the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame, which will take place at at a spectacular dinner hosted by the City of Estoril at Estoril Casino on 5 November.
Every ISAF event throughout 2007 will be an integral part of the Centenary celebrations. Whether a local regatta, or a World Championship event, everyone counts. ISAF would like your event to remember what a special year it is, so welcomes everyone to use the specially commissioned Centenary logo.
Find out more on about the calendar of Centennial Celebrations, relive our Highlights from 100 Years of Sailing and keep up to date with the latest news on the Centenary Celebrations at www.sailing.org/centenary.