Dr Rohini Rau started sailing at the age of 10 from the Royal Madras Yacht Club - Chennai, INDIA. She has sailed competitively for 15 years. Her best World ISAF Ranking was 94 and 5th in Asia. She created history by winning India's first international gold medal by a women's youth team at the Asian Sailing Championship in 2004. She has participated in 8 World Championships, winning 6 international medals and 32 National Medals including 8 Consecutive National titles in the Laser Radial class (Single - hander Olympic Class for Women). She campaigned for the 2012 Olympic Games. She has the distinction of completing her medical degree (MBBS). She works as a Senior Medical Officer (SICU in-Charge) at Kauvery Hospital, Chennai.
Alekhya Maharaju, from Hyderabad, India has been sailing since the age of twelve. She won various national and international competitions with the highlight being an International Gold Medal in Qualifiers for Nation's Cup 2009 (for Asian Region) and was selected to represent the Asian Region at the Nation's Cup, which is one of the big championships in the sport of sailing (Match Racing) where only 10 countries qualify to sail. She also won the Gold Medal in Monsoon Regatta in 2011, Silver Medal in Women’s Laser Radial Class in the year 2009, Bronze Medal in 4.7 Laser Class, Girls category in the year 2007, and the Bronze medal in the Women’s Laser Radial Class in the year 2010. She, along with her team won an International Gold Medal in Qualifiers for Nation's Cup 2009 (for Asian Region) and was selected to represent the Asian Region at the Nation's Cup, which is one of the big championships in the sport of sailing (Match Racing) where only 10 countries qualify to sail.
She enjoys sailing and currently sails the Laser 4.7. She is also a classical Bharatanatyam dancer. She's been practicing classical dance for the past 6 years. She's also part of her school's badminton team. She's passionate about sailing and wants sail in a team.
Tejashree was always encouraged by her parents to take part in all extra
curricular activities, she happened to start of with sailing. This 10th grader, is a newbie sailor, but she is not new to the sport. A star basketball player for her school team, Tejashree has always been inclined to sport. But it was the feeling that sailing gave her that made her come back. She happened to attend her first sailing camp when she was 7 years old and was coached by Rohini Rau, now after 8 years, it a dream come true to have her as my skipper.
She believes that 'Even if someone says it's not your path to follow, it's the feeling in your heart that says you can still keep going - that's when you know its your passion calling'.
Please help raise funds for the team. We are trying to raise funds through multiple sources. We hope we will be able to reach our goal of Rs 20 Lakh to help us take part in this event. Every little bit counts so thank you in advance for your contribution.