Pune: A very challenging and arduous Ocean Sailing Expedition conducted by an all arms Indian Army ocean sailing team, which set sail on March 6 from Mumbai to Minicoy Island (Lakshadweep) covering over 1,800 nautical miles over 40 days, returned to Mumbai on Friday.
Lieutenant General Michael Mathews, Commandant College of Military Engineering, (CME), Pune, flagged in the team on their arrival.
While flagging in the event, he congratulated all members and complimented their spirit of adventure to undertake and complete such a challenging expedition.
The expedition team comprising 18 Officers, three Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and 14 Other Ranks (jawans) was led by Lt Col Karunakaran Adencherry.
The team undertook the expedition in four Seabird Class boats which are of 18th century Scottish design and have no onboard facilities as available in modern yachts like cabin, toilets or any protection from the sun and the rain.
The sailing expedition encountered winds ranging from 24 to 40 knots and a sea swell of 2 to 3 metres which was quite challenging for the small seabird class boats.
Cruising continuously in the scorching heat of 40 degrees Celsius and in pitch dark nights, the sailing expedition maintained safe distance from the civilian ships and sailed 24 X 7 to complete this difficult task.
The various difficulties during the expedition were overcome by sheer grit and determination of the crew members, in addition to the extensive training imparted to the sailing team at Army Aqua Nodal Centre at Marve, Mumbai.
The current expedition was conducted under the aegis of the Army Adventure Wing, Southern Command and Army Aqua Nodal Centre, Marve with CME playing the key role of training and administering the expedition.