Bay of Hope

<i>The Peacock Bay has been inculcating the spirit of watermanship and courage amongst cadets of the National Defence Academy for years</i>

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | Published: June 28, 2010 11:21 pm

The Peacock Bay has been inculcating the spirit of watermanship and courage amongst cadets of the National Defence Academy for years

Where among the valleys nestle the sweet singing birds,Where breathes the wind in delightful symphony,Where on the pleasant waters shine a thousand mirrors,Where all nature is witness to a magnificent serenity.
To our precious abode do we welcome you

Sitting amidst the lush green forests surrounding the backwaters of Khadakwasla dam in the backdrop of the Sinhagad fort,any one can feel like a poet. And that is exactly what happens with the NDA cadets who take training at Peacock Bay,the Watermanship Training Centre of the National Defence Academy (NDA). The only difference is that their poems are different! The waters make them boundless,the jungle makes them courageous and the Sinhagad fort reminds them of the tales of bravery inculcating the poetry of patriotism in them.

“The cadets are taught handling and manoeuvring of boats,sailing,handling of ropes,different types of seamen knots and ropes and other naval subjects before passing out from NDA. In fact NDA has recently built a stone frigate,TS Ronnie Perriera,and the Delhi block for instructing cadets both of which help in better understanding the life of a seaman,” says Lieutenant Commander B K Prashant.

Located on the banks of river Mutha,The Peacock Bay is situated on the northeast end of the lake and has been the training center since 1942. With 60 enterprise class boats,seven laser class boats,four 420 class boats,12 DK wheelers,eight water skis,14 surf boats,nine row boats,33 kayaks and six optimist class boats,the club is the biggest watermanship training centre in Asia.

The Khadakwasla lake has been the nursing ground for many famous sailors,who have won laurels for our country in international championships. The alumni of this academy have won many Arjuna and Dronacharya sports awards for sailing including one Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. “Thus this lake has an illustrious past and we are really proud that our budding cadets will continue to bring laurels to NDA from this nursery of sailing,” adds Prashant.

While the Rowing and Kayaking club was founded in year 1984,the The Water-Skiing club was founded in 1992. “Also,the Wind Surfing club was established in 1984. Here,the cadets initially learn to balance themselves on these imported broader surfboards called starboards,and then graduate on to advanced smoother surfboards called alfaboards. The club has eleven starboards and three alfaboards,” he says

NDA is also the chief patron of sailing in Pune and organises National Inland Enterprise Championship (NIEC) under the aegis of Yachting Association of India (YAI). This tournament is attended by over 16 clubs from all over India,defense as well as civilians. “The aim of the tournament is to develop and nurture sailing as a sport in Pune and India. The crucial role played by NDA towards this is evident from the fact that four clubs from Pune participated in this year’s NIEC with 32 teams. The young sailors from the Pune city get a chance to learn from the master’s in this tournament and are provided an opportunity the hone their skills and participate at the national level,” he concludes.

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