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  TOP SAILORS - MADE BY ABDUL  


Sailing in hussain sagar lakeThe Secunderabad Sailing Club has the distinction of giving top sailors to India. Take for instance RS Pradeepak - a bronze medallist at the Asian games, Sanjeev Sidhu - also a medallist in Asian games, Major Gautam Dutta - who represented India in the Asian Yachting Championship at South Korea in 1985 and Rahul Rastogi - the famous wind surfer. All of them have one thing in common. They were all trained by Mohammad Abdul Salaam at the Secunderabad Sailing Club.

Abdul joined the Secunderabad Sailing Club in1964 and since then has been coaching sailing enthusiasts. He has been visiting various places as a coach for water sports events and has the honour of being invited by the special organising committee at the IX Asian games held in 1982 at New Delhi.

Abdul salaam, the coachAbdul's whole family was in the sailing field for more than 100 years. His grandfather Khasim was the first to start boating in the Hussain Sagar lake. He did this in 1958 with the help of two rowing boats Agho and Jono. And in 1908, during the devastating Moosi floods, he rescued 200 trapped British residents from the Residency in Kothi. As a token of appreciation the Secunderabad Sailing Club named a boat after him.

After grand father Khasim's death, Abdul's father Mohammad Miya and his elder brother Hassan coached the sailors. Abdul and Hassan have the distinction of training A A Basith, the first Hyderabadi to participate in the Olympics Yachting championship in 1972 along with Soly Contractor, India's top sailor.

Abdul with young sailorsAbdul who has been training since 33 years says, 'sailing mainly depends on the wind direction'. Taking this direction as the datum, Abdul says 'At 45 degrees keeping the boat balanced is of prime importance but at 90 degrees the sailing is rendered smooth and easy'.

A man with much experience and a long service, Abdul feels sad when sailors he has trained "forget [him] once they reach the top." But he is happy about the city sailors who have been consistently making the mark at the National Regatta. He is also proud of the fact that he could make the Secunderabad Sailing Club the first in India to have girl sailors. He is sure that there is a tremendous potential among the city lads. And watching the exceptionally good showing of the city lads at various national and Asian level events one cannot but agree with Abdul.

Address: Secunderabad Sailing Club, Sailing Annexe. 500 009.
Phone:
770 4840, 820 381

 

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