BOMBAY YATCH CLUB
150 years old, the Royal Bombay Yatch Club, one of Mumbai's oldest
clubs, is basically meant for sailing enthusiasts. Members and their
guests have access to various boats that can be taken on hire. Throughout
the sailing season (October to May), the Royal Bombay Yatch Club
organises various events, especially on weekends, which are slotted
for cruising, racing or training. On weekdays you can pretty much
do your own thing. Though the primary objective remains sailing,
the club has all the paraphernalia that goes with an exclusive Mumbai
club -- like restaurants, bars and the lot.
Address: Apollo Bunder, Mumbai
400 00, Phone: 202 1880
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SEA CADET CORPS
Sea Cadet Corps is not a sailing club. It is a non-government voluntary
youth organisation that is involved in building character and discipline
in students through nautical and allied training. Sailing is only
a part of its activities, but sailing is one of the things it has
excelled in, with ten of the eleven sailors representing India at
the World Championship in Poland and winning the Optimist World
Championship in Spain. The organisation was started in the year
1938 by Gokaldas Ahuja in Karachi and was given official recognition
by Parliament in 1961. The headquarters, the impressive training
ship Jawahar was commissioned in 1966 by Dr Radhakrishnan.
ship, built of cement and concrete, is the venue for 4 and a half
hour training sessions every Sunday. The cadets are between the
ages of 10 and 18 and the course is 4 years long. Cadets are supposed
to learn swimming within 6 months of joining. All the officers are
Sea Cadets themselves who have stayed on and work on a honorary
basis. The other curricula include seamanship, naval customs, fire-fighting,
bands, communication, history of sailing etc. The cadets have good
prospects in the navy, the armed forces or the merchant navy.
Address: Training Ship Jawahar, Major Vetri Nathan
Marg, Colaba, Mumbai 400 005.
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Author : Wasim Siddiqui