Chitresh Tatha: The Youngest Sailor from India at International Platforms

Young lads like Chitresh Tatha are the inspiration for not only junior sports personalities but for all the Indians who want to achieve something great in their life. Proving the fact that age is just a number, Chitresh Tatha started his sailing journey when he was just 9 years old.

Staying his determination for such a unique sports event helped Chitresh to emerge as the youngest player to represent his country in the 2014 Asian Games. Taking inspiration for water sports and sailing from his sister, Tatha is moving forward towards his dream to grab more medals for India in such a rare sport that most of us hardly know.

Exploration of your own made path surely offers great pride
Just think for a moment as a child what we all dream of becoming; a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer or most probably a cricketer? Surpassing all common thoughts 9-year-old Chitresh wanted to try his hand in sailing as passion and career.

The boy with a different story to tell was just 12 years old when he took pride to represent his national side at a prestigious International tournament like Asian Games in 2014. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Tatha is now a national level champion with ‘optimist category’. Taking up tiny, single-handed sailing dinghy Tatha from Chennai’s Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram school has showcased his skills in renowned countries around the world such as U.K, Turkey, Malaysia, Ireland, France, and Malta.

Training and Ambition
Tatha started sailing when he was just 8 year of age, since that tender age, the young boy took professional training for the sport at Yachting Association of India under India’s chief national coach Pete Conway and assistant coach Umesh Naiksatam.

Tatha always makes sure to train for 6 hours daily to learn new skills of sailing, the young champ astonishingly never skip his school and balance study with the game with great enthusiasm.

Tatha’s ambition is to win international acclaimed medals for India in sailing and want everyone to believe the fact that age is just a number and you are never too young to achieve something great in your life.

Take a glance at some of the achievements of Chitresh Tatha

  • Won 8 of the 15 races in trials of Asian Games and achieved top five positions in other races.
  • Represented India at International platform in U.K, Turkey, France, the Netherlands, Ireland and Malta.
  • India’s National level sailor from past 5-6 years in water sports and yachting.
  • We are expecting more medals and achievements from the young boy of Tamil Nadu.



Shashi is a writer and sports enthusiast who loves to blog. Along with her passion for writing, she loves cooking new dishes and finding its origin across regions.