Seventh Edition of 'Admirals Cup' Sailing Regatta Concludes at Indian Naval Academy, Singapore Wins Admiral's Cup

Seventh Edition of 'Admirals Cup' Sailing Regatta Concludes at Indian Naval Academy, Singapore Wins Admiral's Cup

The seventh edition of ‘Admirals Cup’ Sailing Regatta concluded on 10 December 2016 at a glittering Closing Ceremony at the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala. The Singapore team won the Admiral's Cup with their consistent performance across all races. United States of America was the Runners-Up and United Kingdom team came third. Cpt Yeo Kee Chao Lionel of Singapore stood first in the individual position in the open category (both men and women including) followed by SLt Shubham Kumar of India (INA) and Midshipman Patrick Snow of United States of America at second and third positions respectively. Midshipman Molly Robertson of United States of America stood first in the individual position in women’s category. Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM, Flag  Officer Commanding–in–Chief, Southern Naval Command was the chief guest for the closing ceremony. The winning teams will be carrying home the replicas of the Admiral's Cup and the Runners-Up trophy.

Glimpse from Final Race at Ettikulam Bay, INA during Admirals Cup Regatta 2016

Glimpse from Final Race at Ettikulam Bay, INA during Admirals Cup Regatta 2016

The azure blue waters of the Ettikulam Bay, at Ezhimala witnessed 16 races, conducted from 07 to 10 December 2016. 50 participants including ten women participants displayed their sailing skills in the Laser Radials in perfect wind and weather conditions as they squeezed every knot out of their boats. The event has become very popular since its inception in 2010. This five day event has seen a record participation of twenty three foreign navies including Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States of America and Venezuela, two Indian academy teams from INA and NDA Khadakvasla and one observing team from Indonesia. 23 teams participated in all 16 races, with each team comprising of two boats.

The competitors securing the single crew Olympic class ‘Laser-Radial’ sail boat after
the finals of Admirals Cup Regatta 2016

Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM Flag Officer Commanding–in–Chief, Southern Naval Command
being received by Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, Commandant, INA

Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM, presented the “Admiral’s Cup”, individual prizes and participatory plaques to the winners and each participant. In his closing address, he emphasised the contribution of sporting events in building bridges of friendship and as a forum for interaction between future naval leaders of the participating naval academies from around the world. He further added that the Indian Naval Academy looked forward to even larger participation by maritime nations and Naval Academies in the eighth edition of the ‘Admirals Cup’ Sailing Regatta. Students from local schools, colleges and NCC cadets were also invited to witness the event.

Glimpse from the closing ceremony of Admirals Cup Regatta 2016 at INA

Glimpse from the closing ceremony of Admirals Cup Regatta 2016 at INA

During the last five days, the visiting foreign teams and accompanying officials were involved in various activities apart from competitive racing which included visit to training and sporting facilities located at Indian Naval Academy, trek to Mount Dilli and cultural package showcasing India's rich traditions, languages, cultures and art forms. A presentation by Captain Dilip Donde (Retd.) on his experiences of circumnavigating the world sailing solo and the challenges he overcame in achieving the historic feat was also shared with the visiting participants during the event. The event culminated in a grand finale with the closing ceremony held in the evening at the Ettikulum Bay. The teams will be departing INA on 11 December 2016 having competed fiercely on the waters and experienced the delights of India hoping to be back for the eighth edition of the ‘Admirals Cup’ Sailing Regatta 2017.

Cpt Yeo Kee Chao Lionel of Singapore receiving the gold medal for standing first in individual position,
open category from Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM Flag Officer Commanding–in–Chief, Southern Naval Command

SLt Shubham Kumar of India (INA) receiving the silver medal for standing second in individual position,
open category from Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM Flag Officer Commanding–in–Chief, Southern Naval Command

Midshipman Patrick Snow of United States of America receiving the bronze medal for standing third in individual position,
open category from Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM Flag Officer Commanding–in–Chief, Southern Naval Command

The team from United States of America represented by Midshipman Patrick Snow, Midshipman Molly Robertson and Officer in Charge Lt Travis Norrell
receiving the Runners up Trophy from Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM Flag Officer Commanding–in–Chief, Southern Naval Command

The team from United Kingdom represented by Cdt Alexander Sharp, Cdt Thomas Parson and Officer in Charge Lt Cdr Mark Reynolds
receiving the Bronze medal in overall team position from Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM Flag Officer Commanding–in–Chief, Southern Naval Command

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