Thursday, 23 May 2013

Otitan, Rule T Naves Top Heineken Sailing Regatta 2013

Two overall winners have emerged at the just concluded 2013 Heineken Lightning and Tarpon National Sailing Championships which took place at the Lagos Yacht Club over the weekend. The Otitan Dara boat which had Graham Gips at the helm alongside members of his crew, Kristiann Gips and Charles Weller, emerged overall winner in the lightning Regatta category.

While in the Tarpon category, the ‘Rule T Naves’ boat with crew members; Carol Khouri, Yosi Anisfeld and Precious Eyong emerged overall winner. The two-day event featured over 90 sailors from different nationalities taking part in the sailing competition.

The Heineken National Championships for Lightings and Tarpons is organized annually by the Lagos Yacht Club under the current International Sailing Federation racing rules for sailing. Only teams who are members of a recognized Sailing Club in Nigeria can compete in the annual Heineken National Championships for Lightings and Tarpons.

Roelof Segers, Innovation Manager, Nigeria Breweries Plc, who also took part in the sailing competition, stated that there is a perfect match between the Heineken brand and the sailing competition. “Heineken is the most international premium lager brand that is why we sponsor premium sports in Nigeria. For the Heineken brand, it is very important for us to be part of this national sailing competition.

Mr Segers also pointed out that The Lagos Yacht Club is the biggest sailing club in Africa. “It’s amazing. We have beautiful sailing conditions in Lagos. We also have over 4 world champions taking part in this competition. Sports are about excitement, resourcefulness and enjoyment and these are qualities that the Heineken brand is known for”.

Lagos Yacht Club Commodore, Michael Barnes commended Heineken for being one of the biggest supporters of the Club. He added that the event improved on previous ones with Heinekenbeing the most premium international beer brand of the LYC.

Winner in the single sailing category, Timi Amino, a first year student of Cashnob College, Northern American University, Benin Republic said, “I live in the Navy barracks where we have a sailing club. We were trained to sail and swim as well. My friends and I usually go to the pool and that was where I met a coach. He invited me over and he taught me how to sail. I have had two years of sailing experience and it has not been easy.”

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