The sailing scene in Hyderabad has never been better, with young Tanishq Desai of the city's Yacht Club winning a bronze at the Asian Federation Youth Games at Ras Al Khaimah.
Having participated in Singapore, Hong kong and Chennai, all Tanishq had left to do was to finish at the finals in Ras Al Khaimah with a good position, which he did in style.
A tense set of races with irregular wind conditions left him a bit disillusioned till the last day, but he then pulled an ace with a second position finish in the concluding day to inch ahead of rival Hamza Ali of the UAE to clinch the bronze, behind Nicholas Bezy and Malik Hood of Hong Kong.
"Felt proud and on top of the world to stand on the podium holding the tri-color aloft and winning a medal for India," said a beaming Tanishq to reporters gathered from across the world.
Young Durga Prasad finished a creditable 12th among 36 boys at his first international.
"I could have done much better but the light and the fluky local conditions confused me earlier. But I made up with a win in the last race and that made me feel a lot better," said Prasad who hopes to be attending the world championships later this year at Pattaya Thailand.
Juhi Desai, Tanishq's sister, was headed for gold but the organisers for technical reasons did not declare the results of the girls' championship denying her a probable gold despite having won the series on points alone.
Juhi and Durga are in the national squad for 2017, and are now looking forward to the season in Hyderabad starting end-June and going on till the Telangana Open and Monsoon Regatta to consolidate their wins.