In a remarkable display of skill and determination, young sailing sensation Zahaan Hemrajani secured victory at the prestigious O’pen Skiff Indian National Sailing Championship held in Mandwa, Maharashtra.
The competition, co-hosted by the O’pen Skiff Class Association of India and the Bombay Sailing Association, witnessed Hemrajani’s excellence in the Under-12 category and overall triumph in the Open Category.
After an impressive 19th position in the Under-12 World Championship in Italy in July 2023, Hemrajani showcased precision and exceptional skills on the waters throughout the championship. His temperament and unwavering dedication set him apart in a field of formidable contenders.
Expressing gratitude to his coaches and school, Zahaan Hemrajani said, “Winning the O’pen Skiff Indian National is a dream come true. The level of competition was incredibly high, and I am honoured to have been able to perform. This win motivates me to continue pushing my limits and striving for excellence in every race.”
Hemrajani’s victory not only underscores his outstanding capabilities but also solidifies his position as a rising star in O’pen Skiff sailing worldwide. Training under the 24Seven Sailing Team led by Umesh and mentored by Amish Ved since March 2023, Hemrajani, a class 6 student at the Oberoi International School, continues to receive academic support for the missed days.
Mentor Amish Ved commented, “Having started at an early age, Zahaan’s love for the sport comes from his father Ashish Hemrajani’s passion for sailing over the years. Zahaan has picked up the sport very quickly under the guidance of his coaches and training team. As he develops further, we expect him to perform at this very high level, internationally.”
Hemrajani’s win at the O’pen Skiff Indian Nationals not only showcases his individual accomplishments but also contributes to Mumbai’s legacy as a hub for sailing excellence, being a part of the Royal Bombay Yacht Club’s rich heritage for over 175 years.