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Hello from Bombay, India

Hi all,

I'm in Bombay, India. Our sailing club has a few lightnings and a few seabirds (with a sliding gunter rig). I'm just getting started with learning how to sail, and hope to pick up when the season begins in mid October.

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Welcome to Sailnet, Atlas.

Bombay sounds like an interesting place to sail. Do post pictures when you can.

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From one newbie to another...welcome!
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Welcome to Sailnet, Atlas.

Bombay sounds like an interesting place to sail. Do post pictures when you can.
The sailing season has started at last, and I've managed to get my feet wet again :-)

I'm not yet able to post links, so pictures will have to come later. Meanwhile, I've started a blog of my sailing (mis)adventures, so do check it out at indonautica.wordpress.com

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Just a few more posts and you'll be able to post liks and photos..

If you participate in the Song Thread or similar ones you'll get your post count up pretty quickly.

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Welcome. I'd love to hear more about the sailing community in India!! I loved that country as a traveler and can't wait to show it to my family as a cruiser.
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Re: Hello from Bombay, India

I just checked out your blog and noticed that you are hoping to inform us more about the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. I say bring it ! Love to hear more, what kind of boats are people cruising on there? Are people cruising?
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I just checked out your blog and noticed that you are hoping to inform us more about the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. I say bring it ! Love to hear more, what kind of boats are people cruising on there? Are people cruising?
Hi Cap'n,

Only a very small minority of Indians participate in recreational boating, which is a shame given our long coastline. Even fewer take up the challenge of sailboats. However, there are some boating clubs mainly in the big cities like Bombay and Madras. I know of at least two land-locked boating clubs in Pune and Bhopal.

Most sailboats are imported Jeanneaus/ 470s/ 420s/ Lasers, with some lightnings/ optimists being manufactured in India. The ancient seabird half-rater is still going strong in Bombay, with new boats being built in fibreglass.

I don't know of any liveaboard/ cruising sailors except the mega rich guys with the floating palaces which they take up to Dubai or Singapore once in a while.

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