Anandi sailing at the 35th Phuket King’s Cup in Thailand
Juggling rigorous training and academic commitments, Anandi’s full-time dedication to sailing has borne fruit, which is evident in her consistent achievements across various international events. From notable performances in France, Japan, Australia, and Italy, including a stellar first position at the Italian Nationals Tuscany, to her commendable 9th in the girls’ category at the O’pen Skiff World Championship 2023 in Rimini, Italy, Anandi has consistently demonstrated her prowess as a young athlete in the last 15 months.
She has been training in Mumbai since 2019 with 24Seven Sailing, a sailing training organisation set up by a former world champion and Asian Games medal-winning coach, Amish Ved. Following the victory, her
Coach Dipesh Nerpagare , who has been with her since she started, said,
“Her dedication and passion for sailing are truly commendable. Winning the Phuket King’s Cup again is a testament to her growth; this is just the beginning. We focus on nurturing a love for the sport, and Anandi’s commitment inspires us all.”
Looking ahead, Anandi is poised for more significant challenges. Transitioning to the youth sailing category, she expresses excitement about sailing bigger boats and competing in more significant events, proudly representing India. She is set to take on the challenging 29er class, sailing the double-handed skiffs in the under-17 age category.
In her own words,
“Sailing has always been my passion, and winning gold at the Phuket King’s Cup for the second time was incredible. The O’pen Skiff Worlds in Italy was tough, but finishing where I did was also a proud moment. I am excited to start training in the under-17 category in the O’pen Skiff. The unwavering support from my coach and the entire coaching team has been instrumental for me to take on newer adventures confidently, in a bigger and better way.”
Anandi with the Trophy
As Anandi sets her sights on the 2024 O’pen Skiff World Championship at Lake Garda in the Junior Class and parallelly ventures into the challenging 29er class in the Youth Class, this girl will be the one to watch out for in the future!
About Anandi Nandan Chandavarkar
Age: 14 years
Lives in: Bandra, Mumbai
School: Ecole Mondiale World School (EMWS),
Anandi’s Instagram id: @anandi9443
About Phuket’s King’s Cup Regatta
The event started in 1987 to celebrate the late King Bhumibol’s birthday on December 5. A yachting enthusiast himself, King Bhumibol also happens to be patron of the King’s Cup. The King’s Cup Regatta attracts some of the world’s best yachtsmen, yachtswomen and their boats to the waters of Kata Beach, off the island’s west coast, where these local and visiting sailors vie for the coveted trophy, creating a truly spectacular sight in the process. The races often begin in early December, lasting for a week.
The King’s Cup Regatta is one of Phuket’s famous international yachting events. It is a popular event in Thailand having a world class junior program and other strong nations like Singapore, participating in the event attracts many prominent sailors from Asia and around the world.
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