Indian Navy on April 15, has commenced a sailing expedition in the eastern coast of India. The event organised by INS Satavahana was flagged off from Naval jetty at INS Circars, Visakhapatnam by Vice Admiral Raman Prem Suthan, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command.
The interesting features of the expedition are:
- the two weeks sailing expedition consists of an eight member team from the Eastern Naval Command
- the expedition is in two phases; the first phase is from Visakapatnam to Chennai. The team is expected to reach Chennai on April 20
- the second phase is from Chennai to Visakhapatnam; after a short break at Chennai, the team is expected to start from Chennai on April 24 and reach Visakapatnam by April 30
- the expedition covers a total distance of nearly six hundred and fifty nautical miles (1170 km approx)
- the expedition is using two J 24 yachts with four crew members each. The J 24 yacht is 7.3 metres long and has a breadth of 2.7 metres
- the expedition would be a challenge to test the physical and psychological fitness of the crew, considering the minimal space, living conditions and cooking facilities in addition to inclement weather, swell, roll and pitching of the high seas
- the teams are led by Captain D Sahu and Lieutenant Commander R Jayakumar
- similar expedition to Kakinada was undertaken by the Indian Navy in September 2007
- more expeditions to Paradip and Port Blair are being planned
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