Top-flight sailor of the Navy Sailing Club, Ojo, Serki Emmanuel has emerged the best all round athlete of this yearâ€™s the Young Shall Grow Motors boat race held over the weekend in Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos.
Emmanuel, who competed in the Laser event that started at 17:10 emerged tops as he finished in 17:55 ahead of Okoro Emmanuel (18:05) and Joy Awulebah (18:15). He notes that it was fun sailing on the waters but did not fail to highlight on the fact that the poor flow of wind slowed him down.
Nevertheless, he says it feels great to be the best overall round sailor. â€œI had a difficult time in this race but had to bring my wealth of experience to play and that eventually gave me the edge. Itâ€™s great to win again but look forward to doing better with stiffer challenges in the years to come.â€
In the GP 14 race, the pair of Prenana Timothy and Stern Meli came tops in a time of 18:14 and were followed by Igosein Robert (18:20) and the pair Orji Monday and Friday Ijegwa (18:26) respectively.
For the single Kayak menâ€™s race, Gbamire Tunde dominated his field finishing in a time of 16:15 ahead of Igosein Robert (16:17), Friday Ijegwa (16:18) and DDY Emmanuel 16:25. In the mixed Kayak race, the pair of Gbamire Tunde andÂ Joy Awulabah left no one in doubt of their intention to win the race.
Both sailors took the initiative from the start paddling their way to victory after going through the set markers and finishing first in a time of 16:05 ahead of the pair of Orji Monday and Jimoh Omolola 16:07 and Igosein Roberts and Mary Newton who came in third in a time of 16:08.
The highlight of this 9th edition of the YSGM race was in the Kiddies Kayak race which saw fast rising star Belema Dokuboh emerging winner at the end. Leading a field of four other contenders, the youngster from Prime Montessori Nursery/Primary School, Satellite Town, finished on the dot of 15:20 ahead of very close rivals Princewill Gbamire 15:22, Stephen Karinko 15:23, Daramola Adegboyi 15:23 and Oghogho Ejoh15: 30.
An excited special guest of honour of the race, Captain S.O Paul said he was very happy that the Navy Sailing Club has introduced the kids to sailing and noted that it falls in line with the name of the sponsors of the race, the Young Shall Grow Motors.
â€œTodayâ€™s race is one that really gladdens my heart. It was really fascinating seeing the kids compete. It shows that the Club is already ahead of the future and I must say it is commendable. More of such races should be on the calendar for the children because the kids are enjoying what they are doing.
The race sponsor, Chief VA Obianodo who was represented by John Okoye expressed happiness at the successful hosting of the race stressing that they will continue to give the Navy Sailing Club the needed support for future competitions.
On hand to give out various prizes at the end of the races were Ramson Dokuboh, Captain S.O. Paul, Surgeon Commodore Buhari (rtd), the Club Commodore, Captain Okoro as well as other top functionaries of the club.