sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Rise and rise of sailing in India - the magic of Lake Vembanad
Rise and rise of sailing in India - the magic of Lake Vembanad

'Sailing in Kerala - a training session'    .

Sailing in Kerala - Lake Vembanad, largest fresh water lake in India -  .. .  
Sailing is exploding in India, and there's no surer sign than the number of children that are discovering the sport. The state of Kerala is ideal for such activies, with its vast 'backwaters' full of waving palms and gently flat waters. Adjoining Vembanad Lake is the longest freshwater lake in India and was home this week to some young trainee sailors, as Jimmy Shallet describes:

Thronging the shores of the placid Vembanad backwaters this week were a bunch of exhilarated children. And, what excites them is sailing- its art of controlling the wind and wafting their boat through deep waters. Seems like the unfathomable waters of the lake have not scared them one bit.

'It is exactly this we had in mind when we started to train them to control the yacht, besides promoting the watersport. Presence of mind,
Sailing in Kerala - vast expanses of Lake Vembanad ideal for sailing - photo by Leandro A lluciano -  .. .  
courage and decision-making are the three key features a child learns from the moment? he/she step into the water,' says Jolly Thomas, the coach.

He adds that once the children are in the water, they are by themselves. 'As the boat is purely controlled by the wind, the chances of it capsizing cannot be ruled out.

'They are devoid of any external help and a decision has to be made very quickly for it will be a ‘do-or-die’ situation,' he said.

Jolly Thomas said the children dutifully obey the instructions given to them. 'Once you are in the deep waters, you get commands and you have to act accordingly,' he said.

The coach’s words proved
Sailing in Kerala - the kids are not put off by the ’unfathomable water’ -  .. .  
right when Suzann Thomas, a seven-year-old girl jumped right into the deep waters with a life jacket. Suzann does not know how to swim and had only joined the training session just a day before.

Rahul Thomas, a 13-year-old from secondary school in Thevara, said it was the sheer thrill of this adventure sport that prompted him to take up sailing.

'I love the thrill this gives. From Vembanad backwaters, we have sailed to Marine Drive and Vaikom,' he said. Rahul has participated in the national and international yachting championships held in Chennai.

The Kerala Watersports and Sailing Organisation, which conducts the training, said the training was being offered free of cost for children between the age group 7-15. Other age-groups have to pay a registration fee.

Girija Govind, Secretary, Kerala Watersports and Sailing Organisation, said yachting has always been put on the back burner, with many people considering it to be a ‘sport of the rich’. 'Kerala is blessed with an ambience to promote a sport like sailing,' she said, 'It has both backwaters and the sea.'


by Jimmy Shallet/Sail-World Cruising

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=96053

7:59 PM Fri 13 Apr 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World









Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,








Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club? by Dan Ibsen & the Sail-World team, Copenhagen


Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta by Bruce Fleming, Santa Barbara
















J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe! by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight












2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins by Dobbs Davis, Detroit




















Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi on top - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 2
2014 IFDS World Championships - Breezy frustrations
2014 Detroit Cup - Down to the final four
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
J/24 US National Championship - Will Welles leaps into lead
J/111 World Championships - Day 3
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 – Day 2
Light wind and a freak storm at Youth Olympic Sailing Competition
31st Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Declared 'best ever'
2014 IFDS World Championships - Aussies on fire   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Saturday’s racing images by Tim Wilkes   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Day 5 images by Jude Robertson   
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champ - Day 3 images by Joy Dunigan   
Holt’s 25-year dream comes true with 505 Worlds Victor   
Emirates Team NZ: Collision puts an end to bid for a better day at ESS   
Extreme Sailing Series: Ben Ainslie Racing - mixed results on Day 2   
America's Cup: New brand and image partnership announced with SME   
Extreme Sailing: Tough and testing day on Cardiff Bay - Day 2 + Video   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
2014 J/111 World Championship - Bigger breeze arrives on day 2!   
2014 Detroit Cup - Quarter-finalists determined   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Best Amatuer final ever!   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Last day images by Andrea Francolini   
2014 Newport Bucket Regatta - Day 1 images by Ingrid Abery   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi in top three - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 1   
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Tricky conditions on day 2   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: MC38s Images by Crosbie Lorimer   
2014 IFDS World Championship - Friday's racing images by Tim Wilkes   
2014 IFDS World Championship - Wind plays havoc with racing   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT