Five Thomians in national team for Sailing Regatta - 2016
(Front row left to right) Zai Pestonjee, Haresh Goonawardena,
Jehan De Silva, (back row left to right) Akil Ismail, Jordon
Sri Lanka has been given the honour of hosting the IODA Asian and
Oceanic Optimist Championship. It will be held in Trincomalee from the
29th of May to 5th June. 120 sailors from 29 countries will be seen in
action this year.
5 Sailors from St Thomas' College Mount Lavinia will be part of the
10 member National Team which includes 7 boys and 3 girls.
St Thomas' College started sailing a mere 2 years ago and was the
first school or group to promote sea sailing. With the unstinted support
of the Warden of St Thomas' College Mount Lavinia, as well as the
well-known sailor Jeremy Bolling, St Thomas' College was able to conduct
training camps in Mirissa on a regular basis. The Thomian sailors have
achieved many wins and placing's, organised under the patronage of the
Yachting Association of Sri Lanka (YASL) and their affiliated clubs
which include a record winning of both the Royal Thomian ties since both
schools introduced sailing as a sport. The students representing Sri
Lanka in alphabetical order are - Jordon Bolling (3rd generation
representative of water sports), Jehan De Silva, Haresh Goonawardena,
Akil Ismail, and Zai Pestonjee.