World sailing

Vaishnavi and Nethra prepare for Oman Senior Sailing World Championships

Vaishnavi Veeravamsham from Hyderabad will represent India at the Oman World Senior Championships to be held from December 1 at Musannah Bay.

Vaishnavi excelled at the national championships in Hyderabad and Bombay to place second in the national rankings and was selected by the Federation to compete in the senior world championships.

The 15-year-old sailor is the youngest to achieve this feat and in Oman will also be the youngest sailor on the entry list for the Senior Women’s World Championship where the average age is 25.

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“I am proud to have been selected to represent India but at my age and only six months experience on the Laser Radial boat I am afraid this will be the toughest championship of my life but I hope benefit from the experience. I thank my trainer and mentor Suheim Sheikh sir for bringing me to this level,” said a delighted Vaishnavi, who trained at the site for five days to get used to the conditions.

Vaishnavi won the admiration of the sailing fraternity by winning three trophies at Hyderabad Sailing Week in August and then securing a bronze medal at the senior national championships in Bombay where she missed out on silver. a hair due to a penalty.

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Nethra Kumanan, India’s first Olympian at the Tokyo Games in sailing and top seed, will also compete and all eyes will be on her for a medal. The two sailors train on the site where the best sailors in the world from 30 countries will participate. This is Nethra’s first major event after the Olympics, as she recently won gold at the Gran Canaria National Championships in Spain.

“We cannot expect Vaishnavi to excel given her limited laser experience, but being ranked 2nd she deserves every opportunity for exposure internationally and every experience will add to her abilities,” Suheim said. Sheikh, President of the Yacht Club of Hyderabad, Oman.

Earlier this year, two Telangana girls Ravali Parandi and Jhanispriya were selected for the Asian Championships in Thailand and national champion Ravali Parandi finished ninth among girls in Asia, capping her sub-junior career with an eye on the senior level in the mixed 470 class. event at the 2026 Asian Games in Japan.