Asian Sailing Championships 2022 | KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar to lead India’s charge

KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar will lead the Indian contingent at the 2022 Asian Sailing Championships in Abu Dhabi, which begins on Tuesday. There will be 28 other Indian sailors competing in the continental event, including Olympians Vishnu Saravanan and Nethra Kumanan.

In November 2021, KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar won gold at the Asian 49er Sailing Championships, adding to their silver and gold from the previous two years. The Indian sailing duo had previously competed in the world championships, finishing 21st overall.

The teams of Prince Noble and Manu Francis, along with Anand Thakur and Satyam Rangad, will compete in the 49er class alongside KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar. Last November, the two duos took part in the world championships.

Meanwhile, in the Laser Radial, Nethra Kumanan, the first Indian sailor to qualify for the Olympics, will compete. Kumanan is also the first Indian woman to medal in sailing, having won bronze in the second round of the Hempel World Cup Series in Miami in 2020. Saravanan will lead India’s charge in the Laser Standard class. At the recent world championships, he came in 25th place.

Indian sailors will compete in the 49er, ILCA 7, ILCA 6, ILCA 4, RS:X, iQFOil and Kiteboard classes. Prior to the medal rounds on March 6, there will be five series of races in all categories.

The regatta is expected to attract nearly 130 sailors from across Asia.

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