The Ocean Sailing Expedition for the Indian Army from Mumbai to Gujarat’s Okha flagged off recently. The Indian Army team will sail in the Arabian Sea and they are set to return to Mumbai on the 27th of January. According to an official, this exercise will go on for 13 days. This expedition is for testing various skills of the sailors particularly how they perform on high seas. The team consists of 43 members including 27 support staff for this expedition and will be led by Lt Col M K Singh. The assistance to the team will be provided by Sena Medal, Lt Col Shashikant Waghmode.
The team also comprises two Officers from junior ranks along with four more officers, and 35 other ranks from several services and arms that include Signals, Sikh Light Infantry, Electronic Mechanical Engineers, Engineers, and troops from the Maratha Light Infantry. The team from the Indian Army will sail in four boats that are of Seabird class. All the boats that are used for the expedition are not motorized. The sailing team will get full support from the team consisting of ground support. They have been instructed to move along the route that has been demarcated to them around the coastal land area. This is for giving support to the sailing team immediately if required.
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This year marked the 20th anniversary of the tragic and infamous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race that took place in 1998. Since then there have come about several changes in safety design and procedures so that there is no more a repeat of the tragedy that took place. There had also been an East Coast low and that is something that everyone associated with the race pray that they will not see again.
The East Coast low is a meteorological inference to a cyclonic weather condition that occurs in the Southern Hemisphere. Such weather in Australia is common during summer months. This event, however, was formed to celebrate the important aspects of sailing that our friendship and a desire to win challenges over the waters. John Winning Jr is someone associated with this race and he had recently acquired a win in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge.
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The all female team at the Volvo Ocean Race this year was able to undergo tough conditions and make a historical winning record. This team had about eleven members on board and the crew had to strap themselves onto their bunks when they slept. Their living conditions were meager and sometimes they barely got four hours of sleep and rationing on their food such as a single chocolate bar for a meal.
The Volvo Ocean Race is known to be a grueling race that spans 45000 miles around the world and sailors have to brave the fiercest seas that exist on our planet. Carolijn Brouwer is one of the women on board this vessel and part of the DongFeng Race Team who had to brave all the elements out in the rough seas. This competition is often described as the Everest of sailing and such credentials to this race are not without merit. The race started off in the month of October last year from Alicante, Spain and its finished in the month of June 2018 on the coast of Gothenburg in Sweden. The sailors who emerge successful from this race are tested emotionally as well as physically in this grueling race across the savage seas on earth.
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