YAI Senior National Championship-2015 Conclude at Mumbai

YAI Senior National Championship-2015 Conclude at Mumbai 
The Yachting Association of India (YAI) Senior National Championship - 2015, being organised by the Indian Naval Watermanship Training Centre, Mumbai concluded today. Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of Naval Staff and President YAI, was the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony and witnessed the final races and gave away the prizes. Nethra Kumanan from Tamil Nadu, who is vying for Olympic 2016 qualification, scheduled at Oman in mid November 15, walked away with a gold medal in Laser Radial Class of boat. 

In the Laser (Standard) the results were predictable with Upamanyu Dutta, the No 1ranked sailor from INWTC, Mumbai winning the Gold medal. The Silver medal was grabbed by Gitesh also from AYN.

In the Laser (Radial), TNSA was the name to go by! In Laser (Radial) Nethra Kumanan was won the Gold Medal. Ananya Chouhan from EMESA had to be satisfied with a second place with Silver.

In RSX, Dyne Coelho from GBSA won sealed his Gold medal and was closely followed by Jerome Kumar S from AYN winning the Silver medal.

In the 470 Class, the pair of P Muttu and Narender Rajput from AYN sizzled throughout and won all the races, and also the Gold Medal. Ayaz Shaikh and Shubham Patel from AYN maintained their second position with very steady sailing.

Sandip Jain and Pawan Kumar from Shekhar Singh Yadav and Rahul Yadav won the Gold and Silver respectively in the Enterprise Class. India has won more than 10 medals at the Enterprise Class World Championships in the past with Homi Motivala and Pushpendra Garg being conferred the coveted Khel Ratna award and Aashim Mongia,R Mahesh, Girdharilal Yadav the Arjuna awards.

In the Hobie 16 catamaran, it was a tight contest till the end with Samal Pradhan and Rahul Rai from INWTC, Mumbai winning the Gold, closely followed by Brijraj Verma and Pankaj Kumar from INWTC, Mumbai winning the Silver and Bronze medals respectively.

The President, Yachting Association of India and the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan witnessed the final races of the event and later interacted with the sailors, team leaders, parents and the officials.

Speaking on the occasion after the Prize distribution ceremony, he said “Intrinsically, the importance of sports has been in promoting an active healthy lifestyle, creating a culture of sportsmanship and team spirit and helping in the overall development of an individual. To a nation, however, promoting sports brings in the spirit of the game, the national pride, a sense of social inclusiveness and of course employment opportunities. With increased government spending on local and global sports events and Indian athletes winning international acclaim, the sport is on a steady footing but there is still lots that needs to be done.”

The final day of the YAI Senior National Championship 2015 once again saw delightful sailing conditions, a steady wind averaging 10 knots with moderate swell which made the course challenging.

The Principal Race Officer was precise with the course and prompt with race starts and managed to hold 5 races today and made up for the time lost yesterday. With10 races completed the sailors got the advantage to discard 2 of their worst scores, exactly what they had hoped for!!

The championship is being hosted by the Indian Navy Watermanship Training Centre (INWTC), Mumbai. The YAI Youth National Championships will be hosted by the Tamil Nadu Sailing Association at Chennai during 25 to 29 November 2015 and more than 200 young sailors are expected to participate in the Optimist, Laser 4.7, RS One, 29er and 420 classes. 

Naval Commanders’ to Discuss Technological Enablers for Transformation of the Navy with Focus on Indigenisation/ Make in India 
The Naval Commanders’ will be deliberating on the key technological enablers for the transformation of the Navy during the second edition of the biannual Commanders’ Conference, scheduled to be conducted from the 26th to 28th of Oct 15 at New Delhi. These deliberations shall serve as a roadmap for the future Navy till 2030. Indigenisation, in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, is the key driver for this roadmap. The Navy has been at the forefront of indigenisation with 47 ships currently under construction at Indian shipyards.

The Chief of the Naval Staff reviews critical operational and administrative issues in the Navy biannually, during the Naval Commanders’ Conference. The forthcoming conference would focus on multitude issues such as operational readiness of the Commands, infrastructure development, human resource management, coastal security, cyber security in the Navy and foreign cooperation initiatives. The Hon’ble RM would also be addressing and interacting with the Naval Commanders on 26th Oct 15.

The Commanders’ will also delve on the numerous initiatives taken by the Navy to usher in E- governance to provide greater impetus to the Indian Navy’s integration with the ‘Digital India’ initiative. While doing so, measures to further strengthen cyber security in the Navy would also be examined. With the aim to showcase the Indian Navy, foster a better understanding of the navies of the world and share best operational practices; the arrangements for the International Fleet review scheduled at Visakhapatnam in Feb 16 will be reviewed.

To focus on the man behind the machine, the year 2015 is being observed as the ‘Year of the Sailor’. The numerous schemes to improve quality of life and service conditions within the Navy will be reviewed during the conference.

In response to the prevalent geo-economic and geo-strategic scenarios the Navy’s role and responsibilities have expanded significantly in the last decade. These developments have necessitated a revision of the Navy’s strategic guidance document ‘Freedom to Use the Seas; India’s Maritime Military Strategy’ published in 2007. The conference would witness the unveiling of the follow-on edition titled ‘Ensuring Secure Seas: Indian Maritime Security Strategy’ by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri. This edition aims to highlight the incontrovertible link between the seas and India’s resurgence in the 21st century.

It may be recalled that the first edition of the Commanders’ Conference for the current year was held from 25th to 28th May 15. 

Visit of INS Sahyadri to Incheon, Republic of Korea 
Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri, currently on operational deployment to North West Pacific region and South China Sea in pursuance of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, entered Incheon, ROK this morning. The ship is likely to remain at Incheon till 27 October 2015 for an extensive interaction with the ROK Navy.

Historic cultural links between India and the Republic of Korea have laid the foundation of vibrant bilateral relations between the two countries. These include the growing economic engagements and military-to-military interactions. The first bilateral Defence Dialogue between the two countries was held in 2003 and the first Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue was held in 2005. Maritime interaction has since grown with port visits by warships to each other’s ports. Indian Naval ships last visited Busan in June 2012. The Indian Navy has extended an invitation to the ROK Navy to participate in the International Fleet Review 2016, scheduled to held in February 2016, off the East Coast of India.

The visit of INS Sahyadri is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing inter-operability between navies of the two countries. INS Sahyadri is an indigenously built warship of the Shivalik Class. Inducted into the Indian Navy on 21 July 12, the multi-role stealth frigate, boasts of an impressive array of weaponry in her arsenal. Long range anti-ship missiles, medium and short range surface to air missiles augmented by powerful guns of different calibres provide a formidable shield against all types of surface and air threats. The capability to carry two integral multi-role helicopters significantly enhances the potency of this ship. INS Sahyadri, is presently being commanded by Captain Kunal Singh Rajkumar.

During the stay in harbour, various activities aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two navies are planned. These include official calls on local naval and civilian dignitaries, reception on board INS Sahyadri, visits to the ship by local the populace, guided tours for Indian Naval personnel and professional interaction between personnel of both the navies.

On departure, the ship is planned to exercise with ROK Navy ships for improving interoperability in communication as well as Search and Rescue procedures. 

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