The seventh edition of the Admiral’s Cup Regatta, a prestigious annual international sailing event hosted by Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala will be conducted at Ettikulum Bay from 05 December to 11 December 2016. The Regatta will see trainees from 25 International Naval Academies compete in sailing at Ettikulum Bay on Laser (Radial) class sail boats.
The Indian Navy instituted the ‘Admiral’s Cup Regatta’ as a ‘Fleet Race’ in a single crew Olympic class ‘Laser-Radial’ sail boat in the year 2010 with eight International Naval Academies participating in that year. Naval Academies of friendly foreign countries across the world were invited to participate in the seventh edition of Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2016.
This year would witness participation from twenty five foreign countries viz., Australia, Bahrain , Bangladesh, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States of America and Venezuela in addition to India. The participating teams will be competing in 16 races spread over four days with each country being represented by two boats. The coveted ‘Admiral’s Cup’ would be awarded to the best team winning the championship on the basis of their combined performance. In addition, individual medals will also be awarded. The Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2015 was won by United States of America.
The teams are scheduled to arrive INA on 05 December 2016. The registration of team members, practice racing and opening ceremony are scheduled on 06 December 2016. The competitive races are scheduled from 07 December – 09 December 2016. Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2016 is expected to be much more exciting and challenging with the highest ever number of countries participating in the event and first time participation of teams from Canada, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Portugal and Singapore.