Welcome to the Festival of Sails, Mumbai 2012
This is a festival of sailing events to be conducted in Mumbai harbour from the 18th of December to the 25th of December.
The Festival of Sails is an annual event, and 2012 is the first edition.
A word about Sailing
Sailing is an eco friendly sport. No pollution, no noise.
Racing and Cruising for all - Mumbaiʼs youngest 8 years old, our oldest over 80.
Shorefront water activity - promotes tourism, transport, economic activity.
Sailing bonds people from disparate economic and social backgrounds.
What is the Festival of Sails?
The Festival of Sails is a series of racing events conducted by Sailing clubs, and under a
common banner - The Festival of Sails.
The waters around Mumbai are the cityʼs largest natural and open space. Yet, the city
remains unappreciative of this inheritance.
The Festival of Sails seeks to engage the city with these waters and waterfront spaces in a
meaningful and eco-friendly way.
The Festival of Sails, with support of both private and public bodies, seeks to promote
Mumbai as a 21st century city.
Meet our Sailors
Captain Soli Contractor
Commodore Surinder Mongia
Captain Homi Motivala
Commander Farokh Tarapore
Commander Aashim Mongia
Festival Of Sails 2012
• In 2012 we will have four races
Race 1 - The 420 Harbour Cup
Venue: The INWTC
Date: Dec 19 - 21
420 Sailboat is a planing (wave Skimming) sailboat of 4.2-meter length. It is equipped with a three sails, and a trapeze crew, which means that the crew is attached to the boat by way of a system of harnesses and lines, and is often "outside" the boat. This is a fast, high performance boat, and is exciting to watch in action.
The Mumbai Harbour cup is an annual event that will be held in Mumbai. It was last held in 2009.
Race 2. The INWTC Mumbai Match Racing Cup
Venue: The INWTC.
Date: Dec 19 - 20
Match Racing is to Sailing what T20 is to Cricket.
Match Racing, unlike fleet racing is a sailing event featuring two sailboats on a small course. The principal idea of Match racing is to attack the opponent, and force him into a series of errors. Match racing is the perfect combination sailing skills and chess like tactics. It is a short, intense, extreme and highly competitive. Match Racing as a sport is practically as old as the America's Cup (which also follows the Match Racing Format) - the oldest continuous sporting championship of any sort in the world.
The INWTC (Indian Naval Watermanship Training Centre) has hosted several Match Racing events in the city. The class of sailboat chosen is the J24. The J24 is a near seven and a half metre boat, with a crew of 4 to 5. It is a popular boat worldwide, sailed in 140 countries and by over 150 fleets. It is a fast, exciting boat, good for racing, cruising and day sailing. Its contemporary design makes it an ideal platform for match racing.
Race 3 - The Laser Coastal National Championship
Venue: The INWTC.
Date: Dec 21 - 25
The Laser is a single crew sailing boat, measuring 4.2 meters in length with a single sail and modern sail controls. Being one of the most popular boats sailed around the world, there are over 2,50,000 Lasers in the world today. The Laser is an Olympics Class Dinghy.
The Laser Coastal National Sailing Championship is an annual national regatta. In 2011 it was held in Mumbai and hosted jointly by the Royal Bombay Yacht Club and the Army Yachting Node. At that event, there were approximately 70 participants.
Race 4 - Away all Sails
Venue: The Gateway of India.
Date: Dec 25
The Away all Sails is the flagship event of the Multi class regatta. This is a fun, colourful event, with maximum participation as it is open to all forms of sailboats and windsurf boards. All crafts race on a single course, with staggered race starts. Classes of boats participating can number up to 10, from the tiny optimist to large, multi crew yachts.
The expected number of craft will be in excess of 100 - from the tiny 32Kg Optimist Class for children as young as 8 years old, to the Ocean going “A” Class yachts weighing over 10 tons! This will make for a colourful and festive sight on the cityʼs waterfront.
Expected Participation - more than 100 Teams
We have come together to form the Festival of Sails Trust (under registration).
We are supported by the Royal Bombay Yacht Club (RBYC), The Indian Naval Watermanship Training Centre (INWTC), the Army Yachting Node (AYN), The Bomaby Sailing Association (BSA) and the Colaba Sailing Club (CSC).
This is our contribution in the effort to make Mumbai a 21st Century city.