India International Regatta First of Many. 1

More signs that sailing’s future is in places like Asia and the Middle East. Force India stood on the podium in yesterday’s F1 GP at Spa – a surprise result to some, but as we reported last week – the balance of power in sport is changing.

The Yachting Association of India has announced the first “India International Regatta” scheduled at Chennai from 1-8 November 2009. Six days of racing in the Optimist and the 29er classes organised by the Yachting Association of India and hosted by Tamil Nadu Sailing Association around the Chennai harbour will bring together competitors from across the world.

The event has a mission statement that supports many sailing sponsorship proposals at the moment – themes of sustainability and tourism growth. Through the conduct of events, India International Regatta which is part funded by Government of India and Government of Tamil Nadu aims to:

  1. Promote interest in preservation and conservation of our environment and natural resources
  2. Promote sailing as a healthy and enjoyable sport for pleasure and competition for everyone for life
  3. Pring international and interstate sailors to Chennai
  4. Support the development and growth of sailing classes, Yacht Clubs and sailors

For the sailors competing in the event, the event offers terrific sailing conditions off Chennai. For the non-sailors that might be coming to the event, India is a great vacation destination. Beautiful beaches, temples and many more attractions will make this journey a memorable one.

2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the Yachting Association of India and the event is sponsored by Tata Teleservices, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, HH Services and Extreme Sailing Products, Singapore.

For more information on how to get to the regatta, and to book your charter boats, visit the event website