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First Medal In Go Karting

First Medal In Go Karting

This week I finished second in my weight category for go-karting at the Canadian Mini Indy Rookie Karting Series. It was a tough race and especially difficult as I was racing with a lower weight category than mine. That was really difficult to fight with as […]

Speaking at PechaKucha Part 2

Speaking at PechaKucha Part 2

I recently spoke to Pecha Kucha London Ontario and gave a talk about my sailing experience and why I say ‘Memories Are Greater Than Dreams’ I wanted to elaborate more on the topic in this post. Not all of us are Michael Phelps or Elon […]

Stuff that makes grown people cry

Stuff that makes grown people cry

Yesterday I came home to the news That John Fisher from the Sun HungKai/Scallywag team in the Volvo Ocean Race was lost at sea after a Man Over Board incident.

The last time I shed a tear for a VOR racer was when one of my favorite sailors Magnus Olsson died of a heart attack.

The first time I heard about the Volvo Ocean Race was when I heard about the passing of Hans Horrevoets in a Man Over Board incident in the Atlantic from Cyrus Heerjee. I have been mesmerized with offshore sailing ever since.

At this time I barely have anything else to add but offer my condolences to the family and the team.

I am sure John will have inspired a thousand other sailors to take up what he loved doing. Sailing is a sport where even at the most professional levels do not put their lives at risk for money, they do it because they love being at sea. I hope John looks out for other sailors when they cross that patch of water. For many of us, he will guard and gather the south pacific for us.

For now, we will go to sea again.

Sea Fever: John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

 

Pecha Kuch Night London Ontario 29th March

Pecha Kuch Night London Ontario 29th March

I will be speaking at PechaKucha Night #ldnont on the 29th of March at Innovation Works London. This is going to be round 2 at PKN for me. First one since declaring my intention to participate in the Golden Globe Race 2022. The topic of the talk is: Memories are […]

Sponsorship- Where to begin?

Sponsorship- Where to begin?

Last time I started looking for sponsorship things were a lot easier. I was the first Indian, I had news coverage, I was living in India and I was an Indian citizen. This time it is not as great a scenario! I am an Indian […]

Buying the boat- Part 2

Buying the boat- Part 2

Thank you everyone for your emails, suggestions and comments. I wanted to follow up on the the reason for not deciding on the boat right away.

Survivability 

The primary reason for leaving the decision to buy the boat is that I want to see how the 2018 race competitors and boats fare in the southern ocean. Also, I want to check if they are actually competing well. The Eric will definitely be slower than some of the 36 ft boats which are much more sleeker designs. Since these boats will be much more slow moving compared the Volvo or Vendee boats- they will be more vulnerable to most weather that comes to them. I am guessing that we will have a sound understanding about which boats are faring better by the first third of the southern ocean.

We already had one competitor drop out of the 2018 race with an injury and the boat knocked down in heavy weather. Shane Freeman had started from Australia on my birthday in 2017 and was knocked down and had to abandon ship 300 miles from the Chilean coast, after he had already survived a malfunction of steering and his toilet. He was sailing a Tradewind 35. I don’t have much knowledge about his knockdown and will be seeking more information on why that was the case. This could also mean that Tradewind 35 could be off my list. But isn’t one incident too small a sample size to make a decision like this? Yes. So the Tradewind is still on the list. I am not going to take a call before the southern ocean of the 2018. And I hope Shane can make it to the start of the 2022 race.

Photo Credit: Ian Mac/GGR/PPL
***I prefer putting up the picture of the boat in better days.

This is why building is out of the picture. It will take up too much of my resources and time. I will require a builder and also continue to build in the winter in Ontario. Which will literally be impossible for me to do.

 

Speed

Surviving is primary, but winning is important when you have sponsor. Which means we will need faster boats. The Rustler & Biscay boats look like the fastest of the lot. But smaller boats can beat them too- if they are sailed really well.

Again building a boat which might turn out to be the fastest might encompass a large investment which I am not ready to make. If I had a million dollars I would have been participating in the Vendee Globe and not Golden Globe(Though I consider the difficulty level of the GGR to be higher and the entry barrier to be lower).

 

Availability & Costs

I am looking to cut costs. My choice of boat is also going to be affected by the fact that I am going to buy a used boat available in the great lakes area or max go south till Florida. Most Rustler and Biscay boats in my budget are mostly available exclusively in Europe. That means moving to Europe and setting up base there. No chance that is happening. I plan to work till 6-8 months before the race so that I have significant monetary reserves in case I don’t find enough sponsors.

The Cabo Rico 34 on the market fits all the above perfectly but then right now I am struggling to make my student loan payments. Hopefully I will be in a better position by the end of the year.

Building the boat might increase the price by over C$300,000 and I don’t think I am ready to spend so much at all.

 

*** There are more technical elements involved in the decision and I am going to avoid commenting on them right now because then the posts will take a weekend to type. I will explain in detail about S/L ratios, immersion rates, displacement, weight management and load carrying ability of the boats as I get closer to a shortlist of boats.

 

Boat buying decision for the GGR 2022

Boat buying decision for the GGR 2022

The biggest decision before participating in the Golden Globe Race 2022 is going to be which boat design will be the best to not only survive but compete. The next decision after that is going to be build vs buy. Build Building a boat is something […]

The Ultimate Dream

The Ultimate Dream

I just started watching Everest the movie on Netflix and got reminded of another dream I have always had is to circumnavigate solo on a yacht, climb Everest and circumnavigate solo in a plane. Its crazy to have dreams like that but I am slowly […]

Summer Plans

Summer Plans

This summer I plan to forego playing cricket for London Cricket Club like I did last summer. I am going to concentrate on sailing and karting more on the weekends.

Cricket has been a major part of my life but now it just takes up too much time, money and emotion. The politics in cricket even at the lowest levels of the sport is too much of a strain on me while planning sailing and buying my house and concentrating on work.

Activity 1: I have joined the Canadian Mini Indy Rookie Karting Series which conducts bi-weekly races. Driving karts has always been fun. I was in Goa in January and my family did not like the way I drove and so did the girlfriend of the other guy who was on track with me. I have been spending too much time driving F1 cars on my PS4 and that came out on track. Hopefully, I am able to replicate that on track when the series starts in the first week of April. Here is the video:

And the rest of the year I am going to continue sailing. I got to sail only twice last year in the Melges 24 with Dan Berezin and his boat Surprise.

We came 2nd in the Bayview regatta at Windsor which was a really good time and then we won the CanAm Challenge Regatta later in the summer. I had also sailed the US nationals with this team in 2016.

2/18/2018- LCC Indoor Championship Finals

2/18/2018- LCC Indoor Championship Finals

They were won by a team called London Sports Club. This was the first time London Cricket Club had organized a tape ball indoor cricket tournament for the winter and it turned out to be a hit. I played in the tournament in the 3M […]