With the North East monsoon sets in and the pundits predicting high drama on the high seas, sailors from eight countries would find difficult times to accredit themselves for honours in the Volvo India International Regatta starting here tomorrow.
With sailors from the age of seven participating in the Regatta, the race officials are geared up well for conducting an incident free event. Winds remained steady from the North mostly at about 10 knots going to 15 or 18 knots occasionally, a press release by the Tamil Nadu Sailing Association (TNSA) and the Yachting Association of India (YAI) said here today.
Harris and Mahesh, who are holding American passports but living in the city, will be representing USA, said Shantha Ravikumar, spokesperson of both TNSA and YAI.
This is not an event recognized by the National Federations of USA. Sailors, like Indians always compete in overseas events with an Indian tag. These Indian sailors give their entry going through the websites and pursue the sport, she said.
On whether their entries were referred to the organisers by the Federation in USA considering the risk involved in children competing in the event, Shantha said "no. There may be a national federation in the US but the committee approved entries of these two sailors living in Chennai and they will since holding American passports will be representing USA."