Chennai to Puducherry on a sailboat in 13 hours | Chennai Information

CHENNAI: A 75-year-old man was a part of the nine-member group which went on two sailboats from Chennai to Puducherry two weeks in the past. For a journey which takes just a little over two hours by street, it took the group round 13 hours to achieve the Puducherry coast as they have been solely depending on the winds.
“13 hours might sound lengthy, however it’s the quickest within the historical past of the 110-year-old Royal Madras Yacht Membership,” stated captain Vivek Shanbag, the expedition chief. The boats have been tracked by the Indian Coast Guard and supported by Indian Navy.
The oldest participant within the expedition, Okay Chidambaram, stated the winds have been of their favour this time as they have been capable of cowl the gap in 13 hours. This time, the 2 groups sailed on J-80 sailboats. Chidambaram had earlier accomplished the identical Chennai-Puducherry voyage 4 years in the past with one other group and it had taken the group greater than 20 hours.
The most recent expedition was a follow run for the nationwide stage offshore regatta to be held on the identical stretch in March.
Chidambaram, a former marine engineer, took up crusing as a passion at 45. Shanbag, an airline pilot, began crusing in his early 40s and has been crusing competitively since. His group got here third within the J80 World Championship 2019 held in Spain within the combined class and was ranked fourth on the Asian Championship 2019 held in China within the open class.
“Crusing is an eco-friendly sport and we intend to popularise it in Tamil Nadu. Already, our sailors are persistently profitable at varied Worldwide and nationwide occasions together with the Asian Video games,” stated Shanbag.
Chidambaram stated Europeans have conditioned Indians to have a pure worry of the ocean throughout their rule regardless of the state and the nation’s wealthy maritime historical past. “There is no such thing as a age restrict to take up crusing. Extra kids ought to come ahead to take up crusing,” he stated.

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