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12-11-2009, 11:42 PM #1
Remy and Satappa consolidate lead in National RSX Championship
The second day of the National RSX and Raceboard Championship saw the wind playing truant as a result of which no races could be conducted in the morning.
In the Raceboard class, Remy Fernandes and Donald shot off to a good start and took the lead over the entire fleet. Lead changed hands on the third leg of the time. However, Remy once again shot into the lead on the final beat and won the first race comfortably.
In the RSX class, both Satappa and Derrick got off to a bad start.
however, Satappa recovered well to overtake several other participants and won the race with a comfortable margin. He was followed by Ghanashyam and Murugan both of Army Yachting Node, with Derrick having to be content with fourth position.
The second race of the day saw the wind pick up to about 12 knots. In the raceboard class, Remy maintained his supremacy and raced ahead of Donald and Manoj and maintained the lead throughout the race to win the race comfortably.
In the RSX class, Derrick Menezes got off to a good start and led the race for most of the race. However, on the final run Satappa inched past a tired Derrick and raced ahead to win the race leaving Derrick to be satisfied with the second position.
The third race started at 4:30 p.m. after half hour rest break.
Once again it was a ding-dong battle between Donald and Remy in the raceboard class. Remy led in the early part of the race, however, Donald overtook him before the windward mark and kept the lead till the end. Remy tried his best to catch up with Donald but all his efforts were in vain.
In the Raceboard class, Satappa once again showed his total supremacy by coming from behind to once again overtake Derrick on the second last leg of the race. Derrick at age 48 just could not keep up with the fitness level of his younger opponent who is half his age and eventually yielded the lead to Satappa on the last leg of the race. Derrick tried his level best to catch up but Satappa managed to hold on to his lead and finished first in the third race.
Based upon the races completed till date, Remy leads the Raceboard class comfortably while Satappa holds a complete lead in the RSX class.
The India team for the Asian Windsurfing Championships to be held in Pattaya, Thailand, will be selected based upon the performance at these national championships with the top two sailors in each class being selected to represent India.
The championships, which are being sailed at Donapaula, will conclude tomorrow.
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