Indian Navy has organized an offshore boat sailing competition from 24th October to 28th October. The competition will start from Kochi till Goa. The competition aims at enlightening the spirit of adventure and ocean sailing among the participants. Nearly 36 officers will take part in the regatta, from different commands of the Indian Navy.
The Indian Naval Sailing Association (INSA) is sponsoring the event to mark the completion of 75 years of Independence. 6 Indian Navy Sailing Vessels such as Mhadei, Tarini, Bulbul, Neelkanth, Kadalpura, and Hariyal will take part in the competition. The race will enclose an approximate distance of 360 nm starting from the Naval base in Kochi to Goa.
Six INSVs, among which 4 are 40 footers and two 56 footers will take part. Secondly, six naval personnel from 3 different Naval Commands will participate in the race. Further, ocean yachts from the Yachting Association of India (YAI) will also take part in the competition. Headquarters Southern Naval Command (HQSNC) Kochi and the Indian Navy Ocean Sailing Node (OSN) will organize the event.
Indian Navy geared up for the competition
The Rear Admiral, TVN Prasanna, Chief Staff Officer (training) said, “The expedition is aimed at fostering the spirit of adventure and ocean sailing for the participating crew”.
Further, he added, “It has the participation of almost 36 officers from various commands of the Indian Navy. This will not only rejuvenate the sailing part but brings out the essence of adventure and togetherness and also commemorate the 75th year of independence”.
The participants are absolutely ready for the tournament after rigorous training since the last month.
Captain Atool Sinha, told one of the PTI journalists, “We expect to reach Goa on October 28. The challenge we are gonna face is essentially bad weather or no wind at all. It can oscillate between zero wind to 25 to 30 knots. We will have to battle all these conditions and this boat will be our lifesaver”.