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Sailboats taking part in the Unifi Capital Offshore Regatta 2023

Sailboats collaborating within the Unifi Capital Offshore Regatta 2023

It has solely been half an hour because the final of the sailboats has arrived at Chennai harbour after the finals of the second version of the Unifi Capital Offshore Regatta on April 7. The famished contributors who’ve been at sea for over 10 hours are consuming tea on the Royal Madras Yacht Membership (RMYC).

Amongst them are Praveen Kumar (29) from Rajasthan and Imo Lemnok (25) from Nagaland. They arrive from states in India that should not have large water our bodies, however are amongst these with the perfect command of the J80 class sailboats (racing keelboats) within the nation. Whereas Praveen’s crew from the Navy is the defending champion on this offshore regatta, Imo’s crew has positioned third on this 12 months’s shut closing.

“When I’m crusing, I’m not simply competing with different contributors, I’m competing with the wind and water,” says Imo. Honorary secretary of RMYC, Captain Vivek Shanbhag, shares related ideas in regards to the sport.

Participants on the J80 sailboats of RMYC

Members on the J80 sailboats of RMYC

“On a annoying day, I solely have to take the sailboat out for 2 hours. With solely the ocean and the breeze by my facet, I find yourself instantly refreshed. All of the fatigue from flying disappears,” says the pilot, who has been crusing for over 10 years.

It’s most likely why he and different members of the membership are encouraging novices to attempt their hand on the sport.

Taking the plunge

The 112-year-old RMYC is the primary crusing membership of South India. Although initially The Madras Yacht Membership, RMYC received a constitution on February 20, 1962 from Queen Elizabeth II, after which the prefix ‘Royal’ was added. Earlier, solely the ‘captains of trade and commerce’ had been allowed to be members of the membership.

Now, nonetheless, this membership has opened its doorways to all eager contributors.

In addition to entry to the J80 class of sailboats, RMYC additionally has entry to extremely expert trainers and the assist of the Coastal Safety Group (CSG) of the Tamil Nadu Police, the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard, making the game secure, says Vivek.

Everyone seems to be given a life jacket. He provides that kids particularly are given classes on coping with capsizing as a part of their coaching.

RMYC’s Unifi Capital Offshore Regatta 2023

RMYC’s Unifi Capital Offshore Regatta 2023

RMYC has been in a position to produce champions and national-level aggressive sailors inside only one 12 months of coaching. Jitendra Dixit, joint honorary secretary of the Yachting Affiliation of India (the guardian physique of RMYC), says that they’re anticipating anyplace between six and eight medals on the Asian Video games in Japan in 2026.

Vivek says that crusing might be picked up at any time. The game additionally helps perceive the fundamentals of engineering. It’s a nice exercise because it workouts the complete physique, and principally the core muscle tissues, he says.

RMYC is within the course of of coaching a civilian crew comprising ladies from the Tamil Nadu Police division to sail to Rameswaram from Chennai. They’re additionally teaching younger college students from fishing communities close to the harbour.

Sailboats by the Chennai harbour

Sailboats by the Chennai harbour

“The Chennai waters supply a present peculiar solely to this area. The contour of the shoreline makes this present unpredictable. Therefore, individuals have to have primary data about it. With plentiful water, it’s only proper to discover the waves and profit from the expansive sea,” says Vivek.

For additional particulars, contact Capt. Vivek Shanbhag at [email protected] or 9841030880. Membership is priced at ₹30,000 for 3 years and ₹1 lakh for all times.

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