Cochin: To commemorate the 75th year of the country's independence, the Indian Navy will conduct an Offshore Sailing Regatta from Kerala’s Kochi to Goa under the aegis of Indian Naval Sailing Association (INSA).
Six Indian Naval Sailing Vessels (INSVs) namely Mhadei, Tarini, Bulbul, Neelkanth, Kadalpura and Hariyal will be participating in the race which is scheduled to start on October 24 for a tentative duration of five days and would cover an approximate distance of 360 nm between the start point at the Naval Base in Kochi to Goa, Navy officials said. The expedition is targeted at fostering the spirit of adventure and ocean sailing for the participating crew, Rear Admiral, T V N Prasanna, Chief Staff Officer (Training) said.
"It has the participation of almost 3 dozen officers from various commands of 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," Prasanna told the media.
The yachters have been undergoing meticulous training for the event over the last 30 days. Each of the six INSVs - four 40 footers and two 56 footers, would be manned by six naval personnel drawn from three Commands of Navy, the ANC and IHQ MoD (Navy).