Indian Army has undertaken a challenging wind sailing expedition 'Round the Indian Peninsula' from Haldia on the East Coast to Porbandar on West. The expedition was organised by EME Sailing Association, MCEME, Secunderabad under the aegis of Army Adventure Wing. The expedition was flagged off by Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh, Commandant, MCEME on October 21, 2018 from Haldia. The team lead by Major Alok Kumar Yadav will complete the rare feet in about 45 days. EME Sailing Association has undertaken off shore expeditions earlier, but of a much smaller scale using Sea Bird class of boats. However the current expedition being more challenging has been undertaken, for the first time, in an Ocean going Bavaria Class 44 feet Sail Yacht. The team comprising of 50 sailors has representation from all arms and services of the Indian Army. The team will be touching all major parts along the Indian coast line including Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Trivandrum, Kochi, Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai and Porbandar. The expedition is aimed at fostering spirit of adventure among the young soldiers of Indian Army and spreading awareness about Ocean pollution by collecting samples of polluted water from seas.
Just before the `flag off' the team was full of enthusiasm and ready to handle the challenges of changing of moods of Sea and Weather Gods. The team has also tied up with various NGOs to achieve the secondary aim of collecting data about marine life conservation and oceanic pollution. The expedition is sure to galvanise more youth into undertaking the challenging sport of sailing and spread the spirit of adventurism among them.
The expedition was conceived about two years ago as a precursor to bigger expeditions like `Circum Navigation of Globe' which can be undertaken only in bigger boats. The planning and preparation included coordination with Indian Navy and Coast Guards for Search and Rescue and navigation support. The team prepared for Blue Water training at HBTC, Marve, Mumbai and headed to Chennai to understand the nuances of handling the bigger boat which was being used for the first time. The training for such challenging expedition includes classes on Navigation, Marine Communication, Radio Telephony, Passage Planning, Knots and Hitches, tides and currents, medicine and First Aid. Contingency planning, Safety at Sea, Distress management and Team Building are other aspects which were undertaken during the gruelling training of the sailors.