India goes Sailing
Allan Jones—Sailability Pittwater, AUS
Helen Cregan and Allan Jones arrived in Hyderabadearly September, following the path of the three Access din-ghies donated by Sailability Pittwater and the Access DinghyFoundation.In the centre of the southern State of AndhraPradesh, Hyderabad has a sailing club on the northern shoresof Hassan Sagar lake, where sailing training was in progress.The President of Sailability India, Dipak Pradipak introducedFatima Bee, who is representing India in the FESPIC Games.Fatima was born with a bone missing from her lower leg.Following many operations, she now is able to train in Opti-mist, Laser and Access Dinghies. Like most Indians, Fatimadoes not swim and this generates some fear, overcome in part by the stability and safety of the Access. This girl shows thedrive and spirit of good skippers the world around and shoulddo well.The transport by truck of the Access 303 to the eastcoast to Vizag was arranged and Helen and Allan flew thereto for the next sailing adventure, that is sailing the 303through the surf to demonstrate it to 50 Sea Cadets gathered atRishikonda Beach, about 20 k north of the City. With careful planning of a safe path through the waves, H&A with the bluesails happily pulling, sailed in the Bay of Bengal. After a safereturn, Allan advised Dipak against using the dinghy in this
Allan Jones and Dipak Pradipak discuss accessible sailing. In India.
C.S. Pradipak winner of India’s prestigious Arguna Award, is anISAF International Judge and is Vice President Rules & Measurementof the International Access Class Assoc.The 2.3 sailing wit the Optimist fleet in Mumbai on TS Jawahar
venue. Next day, however the experiment was repeated withan Indian crew, who after some surfing like that seen atBondi Beach, returned wet and bedraggled with a brokenmast and boom and a missing rudder blade.Across the continent to the west coast to Mumbai(Bombay) Helen and Allan were followed by a double 2.3Access trucked again and this time delivered to the Sea CadetTraining Ship “Jawahar” with greetings from CommodoreRabi Ahuja. Rabi trains 1000 Cadets all under 18 years of age in sailing skills, drill and most importantly, swimming.Helen and a senior cadet, Neeta Angre performed aHindu launching ceremony. This must have worked, as theAccess seemed quite at home among the Optimist dinghiessailed by skilled boy and girl Cadets. Rabi, at dinner thatnight at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club was delighted withHelen’s suggestion that the Access remain for some time dur-ing the school vacation, as he had a plan to purchase threeaccess 2.3’s and use them to allow the Cadets to train young people with Cerebral palsy from a nearby school in sailingskills.This means of integrating disabled young peoplewith others in a common cause, is a wonderful way for sail-ing in the Access dinghy to be introduced to a country of such diversity as India.
FESPIC GAMES, PORT DICKSON MALAYSIA
Vindhyala Ramesh Reddy and Fatima Bee of Hy-derabad represented India at the FESPIC GamesSailing Championship. The Hyderabad 10K Foun-dation has generously sponsored this young Indianteam in their first introduction to international sail-ing competition.