By our correspondent
KARACHI: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) won the 2nd AOC Open Sailing Championship 2021 which concluded here at the PAF Yacht Club today.
PAF led the medal-table with 15 medals, also including five golds. Navy finished second by claiming overall four medals which also included two gold. Army finished third with two medals.
Mohammad Sajjad, Najeebullah and Maryam Asad Ali were the prominent participants who won crowns in their respective classes.
Sajjad of PAF with 12pp finished at the summit in the RS:X event. Mohammad Irfan of PAF Yacht Club ended with silver with a 15pp effort while Qasim Abbas claimed bronze with 17pp. As many as ten races were conducted with two discards allowed.
Meanwhile in the Laser Standard Najeebullah of PNAC was crowned champion with 8pp effort. He was followed by Allah Ditta of Army with 15pp and Awais of PAF Yacht Club with 23pp.
The Laser Radial (women) title went to Maryam Asad Ali of PAF Yacht Club as she finished at the top with net 10pp, her teammate Hanna claimed silver with 12pp and Mehnaz with 23pp finishing with the bronze.
The 470 title went to PNAC’s crew of Rehmanullah and Khalid with a fine effort of 8pp, Naveed/ Mohammad Ali also of PAF Yacht Club finished with silver with 19pp and Atif and Shahid of PNAC ending with net 21pp and had to content with a bronze.
The optimist class (boys/girls) gold went to Ahmad of PAF Yacht Club who finished with a net aggregate of 9pp. He was followed by Rafael of PAF Yacht Club with 16 pp and Zoya ended with bronze with 21pp.
AOC Air Vice Marshal Zubair Hasan Khan was the chief guest at the closing ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion he said that PAF is providing every kind of facilities to the players, adding Pakistan has a lot of talent and soon the nation will also be able to qualify for the Olympics in the discipline. He said that PAF Yacht Club has all the facilities and through a one-month initial course kids and youth can become sailors.