Youth power prevails on Day One
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Royal Bombay Yacht Club's Upamanyu Dutta and Hussain Arsiwalla dominated the Day One of the 420 Dingy Class during the 2012 Harbour Cup at the Festival of Sails held at the South of Oyster Rock, Colaba on Wednesday.
The duo were the youngest in their class as they won both the races to lead the chart with two points in the 420 Dingy Class category. The 16-year-olds are tenth grade students and represent Bombay International and B D Somani School respectively. They are also preparing as a team to participate in the 2014 Asian Games qualifiers in Incheon, South Korea. During the first race of the 420 class, Vishnu C and TS Rao had a good start and extended their lead at the top. But the young duo of Dutta-Arsiwalla overcame their far experienced opponents to take the lead at the half-way mark. With luck by their side and wind assisting them, the duo capitalized and finished the race ahead of the husband-wife duo of Sanjeev and Tulsi Chauhan in a nail-biting finish. Less than half a minute separated the duo as Chauhan's were heart-broken with the outcome. Third place was taken by Pankaj Kumar and Anshuman Acharya. In the second race, Aman Mohan Vyas and Shubham Pillai took a massive lead till the half-way through but once again the youngest pair cut down the lead and pipped Vyas-Pillai in the final third. In the end, Dutta-Arsiwalla won the second race followed by Vyas-Pillai and the Chauhans. In the 470 class category, Ashis Patel and Nirna Pandit won the first race comprehensively. For second place, it was a close finish between the Kiran Kumar-Harpreet Singh duo and the Chandra Shekar-Kamalesh Patel combination but the latter came in the second place. In the second race of the day, Kiran Kumar-Harpreet Singh improved their show as they finished far ahead of the race. The duo were simply proved too fast for the others and moved into the lead in the 470 class category. SC Singha and JH Das and Chandra Shekar-Kamalesh Patel followed them in second and third position respectively.
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