Sailing storms Trincomalee
Akshan Jirasingha, son of the Olympic sailor and Asian Bronze Medalist was adjudged the winner for his fine performance in the optimist event for boys Under-16, at the sailing regatta conducted by the Yachting Association of Sri Lanka, held at the Hotel Club Oceanic in Trincomalee.

This is the first time a sailing championship for boys and girls ranging from 8 to 16 years of age was held in the eastern coast of Trincomalee. This was part of a programme lasting eight weeks, a coaching clinic and a weekend camp held in Trincomalee. Seventeen children enrolled and participated.

The last sailing tournament was held way back in 1979 (South Asian Sailing Regatta). The prevailing peace and climatic conditions were ideal and made things easy for the organizers to conduct the proceedings successfully.

The optimist training co ordinator Lalin Jirasingha did a wonderful job in conducting coaching camps and briefing the youngsters and the sailors as well. Only children who were able to swim were permitted to take part in this competition.

The youngsters were taught how to be patient in a crisis when there are storms, discipline, team spirit and comradeship was essential.

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