Please select your home edition
Edition
KZRaceFurlers

Indian children go for sailing in a big way

by Deccan Chronicle/Sail-World on 25 Apr 2011
Sailing in Chennai Harbour SW
The world of sailing grows larger every day, and, like many other areas of India, children in the Tamil Nadu capital city of Chennai (ex-Madras, on India's south eastern coast) have taken up sailing in a big way.

The Tamil Nadu Sailing Association (TNSA) is overwhelmed by the kind of response it has received for its seven-day summer camp, which begins today. The camp is open for children between 7-12 years of age and the course fee is Rs 4,500 per child.

'The number of interested persons has already exceeded the maximum number of children we can accommodate in a camp. So, we are planning to conduct more camps this summer,' said a committee member.

The children will be trained inside Chennai harbour in protected waters.

'It takes 2-3 months for a child to handle small boats independently. Till such time, we don’t allow them to sail in the ocean,' said Capt Ravikumar Manian, in-charge of TNSA activities.

He said sailing was an adventure sport and carries risks but they are easily addressed by using right precautions like wearing a good-fitting life jacket and always sailing under the supervision of rescue boats.

According to him, the summer camps are the best place for children and their parents to experience the sport and plan a career.

'Though I put my daughter into sailing a few months before the summer camp, she was like on and off training with no big interest. But when she trained continuously for seven days during the summer camp, she fell in love with the sport,' said Mr Gautam Padmanabhan, who has turned down good job offers from bigger cities to stay put in Chennai.

From a summer camp student in 2007, 13-year-old Varsha Gautam has today emerged as a champion in the under-16 national event and has already represented the country at the world championship in the optimist class. Mr Gautam said he could see the boost in the confidence level of his daughter as her career graph grows.

'The sport helps in developing quick thinking as it is the child who takes all the final decisions in water eventhough guidance will be given from outside,' said Capt Ravikumar.

'Though an individualistic sport, it will also help the child bond with people as the sport requires one to communicate with different members, including boat handlers, rescue team and trainers,' he added.

India has a long and picturesque coastline, with plenty of good harbours and bays. Maybe it won't be long before Indian cruising sailors are exploring further and the Indian boat flag is found with other cruising sailing countries' flags in ports around the world.
Giacomo Yacht SaleMariners Museum 660x82KZRaceFurlers

Related Articles

2017 J/111 World Championship - Preview
Every team’s journey to a starting line is a tale of organization, crew alignment, vessel preparation and practice Every team’s journey to a starting line is a tale of organization, crew alignment, vessel preparation and practice. Add in international travel, and the complexity snowballs. Then, weave in the pressures and prestige of a World Championship— in this case the 2017 J/111 World Championships (August 23-27, 2017), hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California — and situation compounds.
Posted today at 2:00 am
41st Annual Wooden Boat Festival - Overall report
Tall ships and everything in between—North America’s largest wooden boat festival celebrates its 41st year Tall ships, paddleboards, kayaks, tugboats, and everything in between—North America’s largest wooden boat festival celebrates its 41st year on September 8–10, 2017. Demonstrations, presentations, plays, music, dancing, and great food—this is a weekend of fun for all ages
Posted on 17 Aug
Coast Guard, locals launch search after empty, homemade raft found
Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England also activated the Rhode Island Taskforce for assistance. The Coast Guard launched a search for a possible person in the water Saturday after an unmanned, homemade raft was found drifting in Mt. Hope Bay, near the mouth of the Taunton River on the Massachusetts and Rhode Island border. A good Samaritan alerted Coast Guard watchstanders to the empty raft at about 7 a.m.
Posted on 13 Aug
Early-storms one indicator of active Atlantic hurricane season ahead
Today NOAA issued the scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook. Today NOAA issued the scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook. Forecasters are now predicting a higher likelihood of an above-normal season, and they increased the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes. The season has the potential to be extremely active, and could be the most active since 2010.
Posted on 12 Aug
Keep the water out with Zhik’s new Superthermal Hydrobase
The lower arm and leg of the new Superthermal Hydrobase is made from a water-repellent, stretch woven fabric We’ve all done it - and fished a rope out of the water, pushed the rudder down or stepped down the slipway one foot too far and gained that unwanted wet sleeve or leg.
Posted on 9 Aug
Coast Guard searching mid-Atlantic region for 73-year-old sailor
The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue French sailor between North Carolina and New York City Wednesday. The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue French sailor between North Carolina and New York City Wednesday. Watchstanders in the fifth Coast Guard District Command Center in Portsmouth received a report at 7 a.m. that a 73-year-old sailor named Joseph Calland aboard the 39-foot sailboat Nennette is overdue.
Posted on 3 Aug
Int Moth Worlds - Zhik returns to its spiritual home at 2017 Worlds
Zhik is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships Zhik, the innovative sailing apparel specialist, is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships. And, ten years on, the Moths are returning to their spiritual home on Lake Garda. Zhik and the International Moth class are virtually synonymous with each other.
Posted on 20 Jul
Cheeki Rafiki - Douglas Innes to face retrial over manslaughter
Douglas Innes to face retrial over manslaughter The Director of Stormforce Coaching, the company that ran Cheeki Rafiki, is set to face retrial for manslaughter over the deaths of the four crew. They were 700nm from Nova Scotia, returning to Southampton after racing in Antigua when the keel feel off. It is said that previous groundings had weakened the keel bolts....
Posted on 17 Jul
Rytov continues to defend lead at 2017 Melges 20 European Championship
On the eve of final day at Melges 20 European Championship Russia's Igor Rytov & his Russian Bogatyrs remains in command On the eve of the final day at the 2017 Melges 20 European Championship, Russia's Igor Rytov and his Russian Bogatyrs remains in command. Thanks to a very consistent performance thus far, they are inching ever closer to capturing the top European title and trophy.
Posted on 15 Jul
Get better wave forecasts from PredictWind and ECMWF
Predictwind is well-known for accurate wind forecasts but now leads the way with accurate wave forecasts PredictWind is well known for its world leading accurate wind forecasts, but did you know Predictwind also leads the way with accurate wave forecasts?
Posted on 12 Jul