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Monday, August 31, 2009

Yachting, OK Dinghy and Enterprise, Champions (December 31, 1983)


A glorious chapter was added in the history of Pakistan sports when Pakistan yachting team won two gold medals in IX Asian Games 1982 at New Delhi and this established Pakistan’s supremacy in yachting in Asia. Yachting is the art of sailing a boat with action of wind on sails. Use of any other means like oars or a motor would disqualify a competitor. There are various types of boats in the world some of which are included in the Asian Games and the Olympics. In addition, each class of boat has its own world championships every year. In the IX Asian Games four types of boats, i.e. Fireball Class Dinghy, Enterprise Class Dinghy, O.K. Class Dinghy and Windglider Class Sailboard took part in the yachting events. In the Olympics 1984 the following classes will be sailed: Soling Class Keelboat, Star Class Dinghy, Flying Dutchman Class Dinghy, 470 Class Dinghy, Finn Class Dinghy, Tornado Class Catamaran and Windglider Class Sailboard.
The proud winners of the gold medals were Captain Khalid Mahmood Akhtar of Pakistan Navy in the single handed “0 K. DINGHY” Class and Byram and his wife Goshpi Avari in the “Enterprise” Class. Pakistan’s first gold medal was won by Captain Akhtar in the toughest of yachting events “O.K. DINGHY”, in which 13 nations participated. He was alt the time ahead of other competitors and brought the first gold medal when he finished first in fifth series of races. He was so far ahead in the points position that result in the remaining two races were of academic interest for him. He led by 24.3 points from the silver medallist from Japan. This was despite the fact that he had six stitches in his head due to an injury received while practicing a few days earlier. Captain Akhtar was awarded Tamgha-e-Basalat by Pakistan Navy for his feat and Tamgha-i-lmtiaz (Military) for his professional competence as a naval officer. In the 1978 Bangkok Asian Gomes Byram got very able support from Lt. Munir Sadiq PN, and now in the 1982 Delhi Asian Games he retained his Asian title with the support of his wife. Byram had some anxious moments when he was placed 3rd in the first two races in which 9 nations took part. Byram however made it in the sixth race when he won for the fourth time and clinched the Gold Medal by a lead of 12.3 points. For his excellent performance, Byram was awarded President’s Pride of Performance medal.
To commemorate the award of two gold medals in “O K. DINGHY” & ENTERPRISE” events in IX Asian Games, Pakistan Post Office is issuing two stamps, each of 60 Paisa value, on 31 December, 1983.