Rohini Rau won a Gold Medal in Sailing for India in the Asian Sailing Championships in January 2004. She has the rare distinction of bringing home Tamilnadu’s first gold medal for India in Sailing and along with her sailing partner Pallavi Naik from Goa Yachting Association of being the first girls to win a gold medal for India in Sailing at an International Meet.
She is now the first Indian woman to win an international bronze in an Olympic class (Laser Radial) at the Izola Spring Cup, Slovenia on April 13th 2009
Rohini has won a total of 14 National Gold medals, 5 National Silver medals and 2 Asian Gold medals. She has also represented India in numerous International events including 8 World Championships.
During the year 2008 she became National champion in 3 categories, Laser Radial, 420 and J-24 Match racing.
Rohini represented India in the Zoom 8 World Championships in Netherlands in August, 2004
She has the distinction of being the first Asian Girl Sailor to sail the Zoom 8
Rohini was awarded the YAI Best Yachtswoman 2005 in September 2006 making her the numero uno woman sailor of India.
Rohini won her first National Inland Laser Championship, Hyderabad in the Women’s Radial event in August 2005
She took part in many International events during 2007 including the ISAF World Sailing Championship at Cascais, Portugal. This became her passport into the ISAF World Ranking as the first Indian Woman to be ranked at 356.
During the Australian circuit in December 2007 she came a creditable 30th place overall at the Australian Nationals and made a massive jump in the rankings to 224
She participated in the Radial World Championship at Auckland, New Zealand in February 2008 which was the final qualification event for the Beijing Olympics 2008
Rohini sailed in her home waters, in Chennai at the Laser Coastal Nationals in April 2008 and won the Women’s event and for the first time featured 3rdoverall beating the men.
In Oct 2008, was part of the India’s first Women’s Match racing team that represented India at the World Women’s Match racing event, in Busan, Korea. The team finished 9th overall and 2nd in Asia.
She is the first Indian woman to win an international medal in an Olympic class – Laser Radial in Slovenia and in 2010 she won silver in Istanbul.
She is the only Indian sailor to be part of the Emerging Nations Programme at Perth and attended 5 camps training for Perth 2011 world championships
On May 14, 2011 she tied in points for the first position in the OPEN CLASS of the Coastal Nationals in Mumbai. This the first time in Indian Sailing History that a woman sailor has tied in first position, beating all the men from the army and the navy!
In Dec 2011, Rohini represented India in the Laser Radial at the World Championships in Perth, Australia
In May 2012, Rohini missed qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games by one country at the World Championships in Germany
In July 2012, Rohini again bagged her 8th consecutive Gold medal in the Laser Radial Nationals at Hyderabad, India
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