Sailing Nationals 2012 in Panadura:
Sri Lanka Navy dominates
The Yachting Association of Sri Lanka conducted the Sailing Nationals
2012 in Panadura recently.
This was the very first time such nationals were held in the sea.
Windsurfing was also added to the nationals this year.
The wind conditions tested the skills of all participants, on 1st day
it was medium to light winds which required a lot of patience. On the
second day it was a perfect strong wind conditions with wind strength
gusting 15-20 knots with rolling waves of 6-9 feet, this tested the
sailors skills to push their mind and body to the limit and sail on the
edge of survival, one mistake would result in capsizing and we did
experience few capsizes as well. Jet skiers and Kite surfers entertained
the spectators with an exhibition performance at the closing ceremony of
The races were conducted with the assistance of the Sri Lanka Navy
and the sponsors Messrs, Bartleet Transcapital and Tech Tools
Final results -
Winner: Joshua Jayaratne
(Colombo International School)
Runner up: Jeremy De Mel (Lyceum International, Wattala)
2nd Runner up: Akhil
Jayawardena (The British School)
Goonewardena (The British School)
Winner: L: P. D. D. S.
Rajapakse (Sri Lanka Navy)
Runner up: E. B. H. A.Eranga
(Sri Lanka Navy)
Winner: K.W.G.S. Bandara
(Sri Lanka Navy)
GP 14 Event
Winner: W. A. R. Nishantha
and N.G.M.U. Ghanawardene (Sri Lanka Navy)
Runner up: Dimitri
Goonewardena and R.P.I. Pushpakumara (Ceylon Motor Yacht Club)
2nd Runner up: W.M.C.
Marambe and B. M. M. Bandara (Sri Lanka Navy)
Jayasuriya and A.P.S.K. Soysa (Sri Lanka Navy)
Runner up: K. V. N. Dimal and
C. K. Seneratne (Sri Lanka Navy)
2nd Runner up: J. H. T. C.
Appuhamy and K.C. Soysa (Sri Lanka Navy)
Gunawardena (Sri Lanka Navy)
Runner up: Priyantha
Gunawardene (Sri Lanka Navy)
2nd Runner up: Patum
Nishantha (Sri Lanka Navy)