My story of humble beginnings and dreaming big
Born in an oppressed caste family in India I could never even dream of ever participating in a sport like sailing. A chance entry in the Sea Cadet Corps at the age of 11 introduced me to sailing and changed my life forever. I had to travel hours in crowded Mumbai trains to get to the Training Ship and then had to outshine a thousand other cadets to become part of the 12-person sailing squad. The journey began in the optimist and continued.
There was always a realization that there would never be money to launch an Olympic campaign, but I made most of all the boats I had access to. I won the Lightning National Championships on 4 occasions but sailing offshore is where I found the most success. I won the first and the second-ever Offshore championships in India in huge margins, sailing for two different teams. This led to sailing in many other races, but I always found myself on the podium.
In 2013, I became the first Indian to participate in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Golden Globe Race 2022
The Vendee Globe is the pinnacle of offshore racing but also requires a budget of more than 12million Euros to mount a successful campaign.
In stark contrast, the Golden Globe Race is the purest form of sailing where the competitors sail in production yachts with the technology available to the early pioneers of singlehanded sailing. It's also an attainable adventure for someone like me.
On September 4th, 2022 I will embark on this epic adventure on my 1980 Flying Dutchman 35 from Les Sables d’Olonne to face my toughest challenge so far armed with a Sextant and the dogged determination to become the first-ever person of colour to finish a solo round the world non-stop race. Finishing would also make me the first Canadian to finish in a non-stop race since Benoit Parnaudeau.
Getting to the start line in France
Planning, Preparation & Execution are the pillars of a successful campaign. But such a campaign has significant costs associated with it. Refitting the old tired boat, purchasing safety & survival equipment, wind vane autopilot to buying new running rigging and sails are some of the various expenses that come with a 41-year-old boat for a race that will keep me more than 200 days at sea. The costs of the campaign add up to $200,000 from now till the end of the race in 2023.
I need your help for me to be able to concentrate on what is most important- practice and winning. Every dollar you contribute takes us closer to the goal of flying the Canadian flag on the podium of the Golden Globe Race 2022.