About the School
FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE
FACILITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT PROVIDED BY WEST COAST MARINE YACHT SERVICES PVT LTD.
WEST COAST MARINE YACHT SERVICES PVT LTD is one of India’s oldest and largest Yachting Solutions providers. WCMYS employs more than 200+ people all over the country. WCMYS enjoys excellent access to land resources in India, backed with the long term vision and financial strength to withstand cyclical situations. WCMYS is an established boat builder of repute with excellent after sales support. WCMYS is also an exclusive distributor for major marine hardware like in-built AC System, gensets, OBM, 316 SS hardware including windows, windscreen, doors and hatches, marine sealant & adhesives, fenders, marine fabrics, top side and under water paints and varnishes. SAILING SCHOOL INDIA through WCMYS is accredited by both leading international and national certification authorities in the field of Yachting.
The Optimist Coaching Classes will be conducted at the H2O Water Sports Complex conveniently located on Marine Drive, Chowpatty. The beach launching facility will enable Sailors to get extensive on ground training regarding all parts of the boat. Classroom sessions will be held at the location as necessary. Separate washroom and changing facilities are available on site for boys and girls. The center is located across from Charni Road station, in addition to there being a pay and park facility available on chowpatty. Finally, there are a wide variety of food and beverage establishments within a kilometre of the location.
HEAD COACH AND FACULTY MANAGEMENT
Commander R. Mahesh (Retired) popularly known as Mahesh in the Sailing fraternity has been associated with the sport at a national and international level since 1994. Mahesh has participated at and won several awards and accolades at the Asian Games, Sailing World Championships and National Competitions. Most recently, he was Head and National Coach, Sailing at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala where he put in place a well established training program to train 1000+ cadets at the Academy. Mahesh received the Arjuna Award for Yachting in 2001. He is a rare combination of someone who has excelled at the sport and as a Coach understands the technical, tactical, mental and physical aspects of the role.
Senior Coach: Subedar Major Honorary Captain (Retired) Rajesh Choudhary, (Arjuna Awardee), Multiple medal winner at Asian Games, Asian Sailing Championships and National Championships in a sailing and coaching career with the Indian Army spanning 20+ years. “Chou” as he is popularly referred to in the sailing circuit has sailed extensively in India and overseas. These include Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Chennai, Cochin, Goa, Pune, Vishakapatnam in India. Overseas include Australia, China, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Qatar, Turkey, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Denmark, UK, USA and Canada.
Coach: Laukik Chavan has received rigorous training as a key member of the Sea Cadet Corp. In addition, he has coached at various academies all over India, including the Andamans, Kerala and Pune before moving back to Mumbai. He is a certified instructor from the YAI for dingy sailing.
Guest Coaches and Faculty: They include high performance coaching by resident Indian coaches and those from overseas. Many of our coaches are former Olympians and Arjuna Awardees, Asian Games medallists as well as well as highly accomplished avid sailors with a penchant for the sea and a desire to broadbase the sport of sailing amongst the young.
MARKETING AND ONBOARDING
Radhika Khurana is a career commercial banker who has been associated with the sea since childhood thanks to her Father’s background in the Merchant Navy. Prior to her work with the sailing school, Radhika was heading the Asia business for a US market analytics firm. She has studied and worked at some of the leading important maritime and sailing cities of the world (Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Boston, New York and Los Angeles). The banks have included Bank of America, Citibank, Credit Suisse and Standard Chartered. At all these cities she saw that sailing was a popular activity – for leisure – sport – fitness and even business. She has a Bachelors degree in Business from Bryant University (Rhode Island USA) and an MBA from the 2003 batch of ISB, Hyderabad.
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