Vishnu Saravanan is an Indian sailor who became a youth national champion in 2016 and won the bronze medal in the ILCA 7 event in sailing at the 2022 Asian Games with a score of 34 points.
Vishnu Saravanan was born on Wednesday, 24 February 1999 (age 24 years; as of 2023) in Kannamangalam, district Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. His zodiac sign is Pisces. He completed his schooling at the Army School in Mumbai and completed his graduation with a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Mumbai. In 2017, he was enrolled in the Indian Army as a Naib Subedar. In 2018, Vishnu Saravanan shifted to Malta, Europe, to pursue his training at the SailCoach. He is settled in Sliema, Malta, Europe.
Height (approx.): 6′ 1″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Natural Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Parents & Siblings
Vishnu Saravanan’s father, Ramachandran Saravanan, is a former national-level medalist in sailing and a retired Subedar Major at the Indian Army Yachting Node at South Mumbai. Vishnu’s mother, Rajeshwari Saravanan, is a homemaker. He has a sister named Ramya Saravanan who is a sailor herself.
Vishnu Saravanan is unmarried.
In 2011, Vishnu Saravanan participated in the Optimist Coastal National Championship and scored four bullets in the ten-race series. In 2012, he was selected for the National Squad Selection and Ranking Regatta. In 2013, Vishnu participated in the National Inland Optimist Championship in the Optimistic category. In 2016, he participated in the YAI Youth Nationals in which he secured the first position. In 2017, he took part in the YAI National Championship and attained the first spot followed by the 2018 YAI Senior National Championship where Vishnu secured the first position yet again.
In 2010, Vishnu made his international debut with the IODA Asian Championship and finished 74th in the Optimist category. In 2012, he participated in Optimist at the LIRP Regatta in which he attained the third position internationally. In 2014, Vishnu took part in the India International Regatta where he bagged the first position. In 2019, he secured the third position in the ILCA Laser under-21 World Championship. Vishnu qualified under merit for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the Laser STD Class. He secured the 23rd and 22nd in the fifth and sixth races and booked a Tokyo Olympics quota.
In 2021, he participated in the Mussanah Open Championship in which Vishnu bagged the second position in the laser standard. In the same year, Vishnu bagged the 25th position at the ILCA 7 World Championship held in Barcelona, Spain.
In 2022, he participated in the Trofeo Princess Sofia Regatta held in Spain and secured the 25th position.
In the same year, he participated in the Asian Sailing Championship and secured the first position. In 2023, Vishnu participated in the Asian Games in the men’s ICLA 7 event (laser event).
- 2011: Optimist Coastal National Championship in Mumbai India.
- 2012: National Squad Selection and Ranking Regatta.
- 2014: India International Regatta in Chennai, India.
- 2016: YAI – Youth Nationals in Chennai, India.
- 2016: India International Regatta in Chennai, India.
- 2017: YAI National Championship in Krishnapatnam, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India.
- 2018: YAI Senior National Championship in Mumbai, India.
- 2022: Asian Sailing Championship in Dubai, UAE.
- 2012: National Inland Optimist Championship in Pune, India.
- 2016: ASAF Youth Regatta in Hong Kong, China.
- 2017: ASAF Youth Sailing Cup in Hong Kong, China.
- 2021: Mussanah Open Championship in Oman.
- 2019: ILCA laser under-21 World Championship in Croatia.
- 2023: 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
Heartiest congratulations to Vishnu Sarvanan for winning a Bronze Medal in Men’s Dhingy – ILCA7, at the Asian Games.
He has shown great skill, determination and adaptability. Best wishes for his future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/pILDD8Z8yI
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 27, 2023
- Food: Pizza, Medu Vada, Banana Bonda
- Sports Person: Kobe Bryant
- Vishnu’s family moved to Mumbai when he was just four years old. At the age of six, Vishnu Saravanan used to accompany his father to the Army Yachting Node in Colaba, Mumbai and watch him windsurf, and that’s when he decided to pursue the sport as a career. Vishnu’s father bought him an Optimist sailing dinghy and started training him at the Arabian Sea when he turned nine years old.
- Vishnu loves going to the gym and often shares photos and videos of him exercising on social media.
- He was a javelin player in his school and was one-year junior to Neeraj Chopra. Vishnu also participated in the National javelin championship. He was equally interested in football and was close to choosing the sport as his full-time career option before his father told him how tough the team sports are. He also played other sports like cricket, badminton, basketball, and hockey.
- In 2021, Vishnu slept for 14 hours before his laser standard race.
- While practising for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Vishnu pulled a car tied to him to improve his back and core strength; however, it was too light for him and he was quoted saying in an interview that,
Maybe next time I’ll try with an army truck.”
- In 2022, Vishnu and Nethra Kumanan took the Surya Namaskar Challenge to promote yoga internationally. The duo performed the challenge in Malta and Spain respectively and involved the locals to join the challenge too.
Surya namaskar Challenge goes International:
Tokyo Olympian Vishnu Saravanan gives Surya namaskar lessons to kids in Malta & prepares them for a life of fitness & positivity.
— DD India (@DDIndialive) January 21, 2022
- His sailing boats in India are sponsored by the Indian Army.
- Vishnu missed the 18th Asian Games which were held in 2018 as he was suffering from food poisoning.
- In 2015, he was selected by the Madras Engineers Group Boys Sports Company and represented the group for a long time.
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vishnu’s sailing boats and equipment got stuck in Abu Dhabi; however, as soon as the Mussanah Open Championship was announced in 2021, Vishnu and his team spent a hefty amount of money to get all the equipment transported to Oman.
- In 2017, he was the youngest sailor to win the laser standard national championship held in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.