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Old 18th November 2008, 18:07   #1
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Question Sailing - anyone here in TBhp?

hi all,

I know we are a BHP forum, but how many of you here do Sail? anything from a Optimist or any Dingy for that matter.?

Have you tried it once at least? Share your experience here please.,
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Old 18th November 2008, 21:57   #2
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I sail quite often. My safari rolls like the Titanic in high seas.
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Used to sail, yachts rather than dingies. I'm a non-swimmer and not so keen on things that throw you in if you make a mistake! I've always had this thing with water: I love being by or on it, but not so keen on being in it. This is partly due to not having enough fat on my skinny bones to keep me either warm or afloat, which made school swimming lessons hell.

Sailed boats from 29 to 44 foot around SW coasts of UK, East Coast, Souther North Sea, cross-Channel, Scilly Isles etc. A period of ill health made me give up, got involved in other stuff, and somehow never went back.
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Old 21st November 2008, 18:37   #4
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imm - some what same here - like to be IN, Near, Around and ON water! always!
Want to try sailing some time, probly here in Chennai. Wonder who, where how?

I know Madras has a 100 year Old yatch club! one of the first in India I guess, but then don't really know where to start. Should go to the club and see if something works out! Should give it a try on some week end and then decide if it is worth to continue!

Well not only Sailing, if some one has experience in Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing and Kiteboarding as well please leave your experience here!

And any Chennai/Mumbai sailors please mention here! It will be of great help. Wonder if there exists a nice forum like ours for Sailing in India?
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I am a National Caded Corps ( N.C.C) "C" certificate holder from the Navy unit during my college days. I have done lot of Kayking ( K1 and K2's) and Rowing but sadly, never had the opportunity to try out sailing. I use to practice kaying for almost couple of hours each day for almost 2 years, so you can imagine, i am kind of a expert on that.

I am also a gold medal winner in boat-pulling competition in a competition held between different regions of AP in Vizag. I was representing Hyderabad and we won this competition by a HUGE MARGIN ( >10 boat lengths). This was purely because the 5 of us pulling the boats were huge guys ( all over 6.1ft,well built as this competition calls for brute power).

And, trust me, it ain't easy as you practically stand up each time you use those mammoth oars and at the end of it you come back with almost bloodied,skin peeled palms.

Boat used for this competition is a 15 foot with 3-people managing the starboard and 2 on the port side. And, to guide through the race course/route, there used to be a coaxan

Those days were a lot of fun !!!!
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I am a National Caded Corps ( N.C.C) "C" certificate holder from the Navy unit during my college days. I have done lot of Kayking ( K1 and K2's) and Rowing but sadly, never had the opportunity to try out sailing. I use to practice kaying for almost couple of hours each day for almost 2 years, so you can imagine, i am kind of a expert on that.

I am also a gold medal winner in boat-pulling competition in a competition held between different regions of AP in Vizag. I was representing Hyderabad and we won this competition by a HUGE MARGIN ( >10 boat lengths). This was purely because the 5 of us pulling the boats were huge guys ( all over 6.1ft,well built as this competition calls for brute power).

And, trust me, it ain't easy as you practically stand up each time you use those mammoth oars and at the end of it you come back with almost bloodied,skin peeled palms.

Boat used for this competition is a 15 foot with 3-people managing the starboard and 2 on the port side. And, to guide through the race course/route, there used to be a coaxan

Those days were a lot of fun !!!!

Wow that is nice to know.
I never knew pulling a boat was a competitive sport!

Well about Kayaking, please tell us what kind of Kayaks you use?
And did you own the Kayaks or was it the Government/Associations?
Where in India do you get Kayaks with single cockpits?
How many rowers in the type of Kayaks you used?
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Wow that is nice to know.
I never knew pulling a boat was a competitive sport!

Well about Kayaking, please tell us what kind of Kayaks you use?
And did you own the Kayaks or was it the Government/Associations?
Where in India do you get Kayaks with single cockpits?
How many rowers in the type of Kayaks you used?
Thanks, I didnt own them. They were part of the sailing club here in Hyderabad and we use to practise in Tank Bund ( you would know the huge lake that we have here if you have visited hyderabad). I think it is still open for membership.

K1 are single cockpit kayaks with a single oar and you sit in that with your legs stretched out straight ahead of you and you need to really spend sometime before you balance it as it keeps tilting to each side and you need to balance and row accordingly and if you overturn, no way you can get back in the boat.

I fell twice in the middle of that huge lake and had to drag the boat back to shore ( more than 1km away) as our coach was very particular that we can't leave it and swim back

K 1 = single cockpit with single oar

K 2 = two people can sit and both use a separate single oar. This is much easy and good for beginners

In hyderabad, atleast twice a year, we have full fledge sailing competition held with many sailors coming from across the country

Note: Apart from that i have fired over 500 rounds of .303 rifle during my NCC stint. Whereas, each student is given like 75 rounds or something only. But, i use to do a lot of favors to my trainer ( pick them up and drop them and stuff back in my car as during those days i was the only guy going to the sunday parade in a car)

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I think Mad Monkey is into sailing in a big way.
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Well there is a sailing club here in mumbai. I heard about this but never got a chance. Can someone get info>
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Hey buddies,
Try the Tamilnadu Sailing Association (TNSA). They have a lot of sailing activities.
I am a Marine Engineer and have sailed quite a bit on merchant ships. Though I did learn sailing during my short stint in the Sea Cadet Corps in Mumbai a long time ago.

If anyone is interested, I could find out more about sailing from TNSA and mebbe we could meet someplace and figure out a way to get associated with it.
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Hey buddies,
Try the Tamilnadu Sailing Association (TNSA). They have a lot of sailing activities.
I am a Marine Engineer and have sailed quite a bit on merchant ships. Though I did learn sailing during my short stint in the Sea Cadet Corps in Mumbai a long time ago.

If anyone is interested, I could find out more about sailing from TNSA and mebbe we could meet someplace and figure out a way to get associated with it.

Hey man Ansari,

Sure thing, please find out from some one you may know, from TNSA, what how, where, how much, etc etc., we can sometime meet up and try something out.

PS: Any place to get a single cockpit Kayak (preferably fiber mould), would be great if we get some info on used one, second sales etc.,
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