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Double delight for Patrick

A. Joseph Antony



VICTORIOUS:Rufus N. Patrick, who won both the races in the 4.7 category on Saturday.

HYDERABAD: Densely overcast skies welcomed sailors to the Hussain Sagar for the silver jubilee edition of the Laser National championships on Saturday. Spectators got a taste of the intense rivalry, which should only increase over the coming days, between Army Yachting Node (AYN) mates Gajender Singh and Jasvir Singh, who won a race each in the full rig.

In the Radial, two-time Asian Games bronze medallist Rajesh Choudhary brooked no challenge, seeking perhaps to replicate an all-win record, which in over a decade only he could accomplish.

In the 4.7 category, it was a double for Rufus N. Patrick of TNSA, while his teammate B. Hussain finished right behind him in both races.

With wind speeds ranging from 10 to 15 knots, most of the sailors set off on a starboard tack in the Standard set, Jasvir comfortably dominating in the first triangle. He retained his hold on the upwind leg of the loop as well, but on the return trip, drove his way into dropping winds on a port tack.

Seizing the opportunity

That seemed to be just the opportunity Gajender was looking for, who seized it with both hands and moved to the fore. The second ‘reach' went wrong further for Jasvir, whose violation cost him a 720, which only gave up more ground to Gajender. Nearing the pylons on the concluding beat, the two swung their booms to right and left in a quest for the front-runner slot, but it was Gajender who got the gun.

If the reach proved to be his undoing earlier, Jasvir recouped his top position precisely in that very leg of the first triangle in the second race. Setting a scorching pace, at times hard to keep up with even for a 25 HP motor boat, the arch-rivals gave each other several tense moments.

Gajender appeared to have bridged the gap in the all-important home stretch, but Jasvir just wasn't willing to give in to his opponent. The former seemed to be inching closer with each tack, but Jasvir came in strongly from the right of the committee vessel to clear the finish line first.

The results: Standard race I: 1. Gajender Singh 2. Jasvir Singh 3. V. Hari Hara (all AYN). Race II: 1. Jasvir Singh 2. Gajender Singh (both AYN) 3. Naveen Kumar (CESC).

Radial: Race I: 1. Rajesh Choudhary 2. Dharmender Singh (both AYN) 3. Chaitanya Chowgule (Goa Yachting Association). Race II: 1. Rajesh Choudhary 2. Dharmender Singh (both AYN) 3. Rohini Rau (RMYC).

4.7: Race I: 1. Rufus N. Patrick 2. Hussain B. (both TNSA) 3. Manu Francis (NSS). Race II: 1. Rufus N. Patrick 2. Hussain B. 3. Shweta S. (all TNSA) .

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