Posted: Posted Date – 7:52 PM, Sun – Aug 14, 22
Hyderabad: Hyderabad sailor Alekya Coondoo of Secunderabad Sailing Club won a gold medal at the YAI Youth Multi Class Sailing and Kiteboard Championship in 420 at Krishnarajasagar Dam on the Cauvery River in Mandya, Karnataka.
Alekhya represents Secunderabad Sailing Club while another boy from Telangana, Kartik Chakali, represents Navy Boys Sailing School (Goa). Both are trained by Brijraj Verma of the Indian Navy Navigation Training Center (INWTC) in Mumbai.
Alekhya was introduced to sailing by her mentor and coach Arjun Pradipak who is an accomplished sailor and also represented India at the Asian Games. Alekhya has been sailing since 2016 and has sailed Optimist, Laser and now sails the 420 class, a double hand.
The 420 class is the most popular class for competitive collegiate sailing across Europe and the USA and is now enjoying success in India. It is a stepping stone to the biggest 470 class events in the Asian Games and the Olympic Games. Alekhya, the student from Hyderabad Public School, Ramanthapur, hopes to represent India in the 420 class world championship.