Vizagites all remember a time when water sports were extremely active in the city, which stopped after the Yachting centre in Rushikonda was damaged in Hudhud. The State Government is now planning on initiating a full-fledged Sailing Academy in the state, with Vizag as the hub. The objective is to reinstate the previous grandeur to water sports in the state. As part of this, a panel consisting of officials from the Sports department has already done a primary research.
In 2002, TDP Government installed a Water sports training academy in Rushikonda with 12 Hobie-16 boats, 12 laser boats, 4 rescue boats allocated for it. National level sailing competitions were also held in Visakhapatnam the same year. Apart from that, Team sailing and Hobie-16 invitation championship were also conducted in 2003 and 2004 respectively, in Visakhapatnam.
However, the yachting center in Rushikonda was totally damaged in 2014 due to the mega cyclone HudHud. Because of this, interested youth aren’t able to avail this opportunity to learn water sports in Visakhapatnam. Under these circumstances with most of the boats damaged, the state government is now looking to install a full fledged academy in the state.
Sailing enthusiasts in the state can now rejoice!