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11 October 2010, 05:07 pm
Malaysian Optimist Sailors Triumph At The India International Regatta
2010 India International Regatta
Optimists in action at the 2010 India International Regatta

Channai, India

Four great days of sailing with a variety of conditions tested the young sailor's talents at the 2010 Indian International Regatta in Channai.
In the boys Optimist fleet Malaysian and Slovenian sailors dominated the top four positions in an extremely tight tight competition. Going into the final day Malaysian sailor Muhammad Isan Bin Ali lay in third place but still with all to play for.

In an impressive final day of sailing Isan Bin Ali scored a third in the days first race and then two firsts and finished with a second to take the championship and the India International Regatta Trophy. Solvenian sailor Peter Lin, had gone in to the final day with a three point advantage and with a first and two seconds from the first three races of the final day was looking good for taking the title. Unfortunately for Lin, a bad start in the final race ended with him picking up an eleventh place and his hope of taking gold slipped away. Mohd Faizal Norizan of Malaysia who had started the final day in second position overall, had a rather bad final day that saw him slip out of the medal places allowing Ahmed Syukri to claim bronze.

A second place on the first day and a third on the final day, plus a good set of result throughout the event helped Nurul Akmar from Malaysia to retain her hold on the Girls gold spot and the Trophy. Six finish inside the top ten secured silver for Indian sailor Zephra with Iranian Fatemah Jaffri taking third.

In the 29ers two firsts in the final day helped Aman Vyas and Sachin Singhaon their way to regatta victory ahead of Varun Thakkar and Aishwarya in silver. In a close race for third it was it was mixed pair Shivam Shrivas and Shaila Charles who came out on top snatching bronze on a tense final day.
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