Local sailor Preethi Kongara records all round performance at 11th edition of monsoon regatta
Author(s): City Air NewsPreethi Kongara of The Yacht Club of Hyderabad finishing a race and leads by a margin of 32 points over her nearest rival at the 2019 Monsoon Regatta at Hussain Sagar. Hyderabad, July 27, 2019: It was Preethi Kongara...
Hyderabad, July 27, 2019: It was Preethi Kongara of the Yacht Club of Hyderabad who won the first race of the day and the seventh in the series and followed by a 8th and a 4th she is closer to winning the much coveted Monsoon Regatta Trophy.
If she does win then she will be the first girl ever to win the trophy and by what looks like a hefty margin of points.
Preethi vanquished the national fleet across all conditions from light to medium to raging and came up on top.
Her starts are getting more and more defensive and super conservative but she makes up with blazing speed and some flawless wind reading and tactics.
Her business-like approach to all legs of the course are getting her to to top with four wins out of 9.
“I am enjoying the regatta and hope that all goes well tomorrow”, said a beaming Preethi after the 9th races in a series of 12.
The wind conditions were mostly very strong and the Green Fleet saw Nikhil Mandavkar of Pune do some excellent sailing rising to 2nd position beating a lot of local YCH sailors.
Local girls Lakshmi and Vaishnavi capsized in the last race taking them lower but Lakshmi is still in the reckoning.
Rithika Dangi of NSS Bhopal won two races placing her just behind Preethi in on the leader board but trailing by a huge margin. Rithika shot up from the bottom to have a great day at the races.
Vijay Kumar of Trishna Sailing Club capsized and is currently placed third overall but still tops the Boys fleet.
At the end of 9 races it is 6 girls in the top 8 with Uma Chauhan and Rithika Dangi trailing Preethi followed by locals Lakshmi Nookarathnam and Vaishnavi Veeravamsham.
Points Tally at end of 9 races
1. Preethi Kongara - 28 Yacht Club of Hyd
2. Rithika Dangi 60 NSS Bhopal
3. Uma Chauhan 66 NSS Bhopal
1. Vijay Kumar - 60 Trishna Sailing Club
2. Raj Vishvakarma 90 NSS Bhopal
3. Ekalavya Batham 102 NSS Bhopal
1. Supriya Peerampally 55 YCH
2. Vishnavi Thalapalli 74 YCH
3. Sriharshita 127 YCH
1. Praveen Ramavath 34 YCH
2. Nikhil Mandhavkar 35 CESC
3. Mallesh Gaddam 36 YCH