The Indian Navy, synonymous with maritime prowess, is once again embracing the vast expanse of the sea with the Ocean Sailing Race 2023. Scheduled from November 22 to 26, this inter-Command race from Kochi to Goa is a testament to the Navy’s commitment to fostering adventure at sea. Organized under the Indian Naval Sailing Association (INSA) based at Naval Headquarters, New Delhi, the event is orchestrated by the Southern Naval Command and coordinated by the Offshore Sailing Club in Kochi and the Ocean Sailing Node in INS Mandovi, Goa.
Navigating the Ocean Waves: The heart of this nautical spectacle lies in four 40-footer Indian Naval Sailing Vessels (INSVs) named Bulbul, Neelkanth, Kadalpura, and Hariyal. These vessels, propelled by the wind, will embark on a challenging journey covering approximately 360 nautical miles from Naval Base Kochi to Goa over five thrilling days.
Crewed by the Brave: The crew for these seafaring expeditions are handpicked from volunteers possessing significant sea sailing experience. Ocean sailing is not merely a sport; it is a test of endurance and seamanship skills. The Indian Navy strategically employs ocean sailing yachts to instill a spirit of adventure and enhance risk-management abilities among its crew.
Diverse Participants, United Spirit: A total of 32 personnel, including eight women officers/Agniveers, will participate in this oceanic challenge onboard the four INSVs. The crews will consist of eight personnel from the three Commands of the Navy, along with a combined team from Andaman and Nicobar Command & NHQ. The participants, ranging from the senior-most rank of Commodore to the junior-most Agniveer, exemplify the Navy’s commitment to inclusivity and skill development.
Beyond the Horizon: Values of the Sea: The Indian Navy believes that sailing on these compact vessels is more than a physical challenge; it is a holistic experience that instills an “indefinable sea-sense” and a profound respect for the elements of nature. More than just a sport, these sailing expeditions serve as a medium to impart core values such as courage, camaraderie, endurance, and esprit-de-corps among the naval personnel.
The Ocean Sailing Race 2023 is not just a competition; it is a celebration of the sea and the indomitable spirit of those who navigate it. As the sails billow and the vessels cut through the waves, the Indian Navy continues to inspire its personnel, fostering a love for adventure, respect for nature, and the enduring values that define a maritime force.