Memorial Regatta was started in 2012 to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of our beloved founder Honorary Commodore Gokaldas Ahuja. He sailed in the Mumbai Harbor with an aim to share the love of the sea of our founder and give an opportunity to enthuse all young and old sailors to race in the harbor.
The late Honorary Commodore Gokuldas S. Ahuja working with an American company in the 30's took to sailing in Karachi in the latter half of 1930 with the assistance of number of ex-pats living in Karachi, he built a wooden sailing boat and enjoyed the recreational and challenging aspects of sailing. This led to the formation of the Karachi Sea Scout Group on 13th May 1938, to involve the youth in water based activities and to instill in them waterman-ship and the spirit of adventure.
The 1947 partition resulted in number of Sea Scouts migrating to Bombay and with the assistance of the Indian Navy. The Sea Scouts functioned from the Naval Dockyard
In 1951 the Sea Scout Group became the SEA CADET CORPS and commenced training at INS ANGRE and from 1956 at INS KUNJALI.
In early 1950 Mr. G.S. Ahuja acquired a Merlin Rocket Dinghy, in which with another colleague he sailed around Bombay starting from the moorings off the Gateway to Butcher Island, up the Thana Creek, on to Bhayander and coming out at Vasai Creek for the sail back passing Manori, Bandra, Raj Bhavan and on to Prongs before reaching the moorings - a 14 hour sail.
He acquired a Seabird (S14 PENGUIN) which he and Sea Cadets extensively sailed and raced. The Sea Cadets were privileged to use Naval Cutters & Whalers in the early 50s and many sailing trips were made to Mandwa in those days.
The Corps acquired two Sharpies and two Lightings class of boats. The Sea Cadets took active part in the extensive sailing programme of the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, Navy, and Training Ship Dufferin and won many trophies.
February 1966, Training Ship JAWAHAR was commissioned on the waterfront near Pilot Bunder, Colaba as the National Headquarters of the SEA CADET CORPS. This provided a great impetus to the young Sea Cadets to actively take dinghy sailing & racing for the challenges and thrills. The International cadet class boats (A 2 person ISAF recognized youth dinghy with 3 sails) for those below 18 years paved the way for competitive sailing.
Boats being provided by the Corps from JAWAHAR. Thousands of boys and girls participated and acquired SAILING skills. Many medals were won.
- Year 1972 to 2002 - National Championships in the Cadet Class.
- Year 1976, 1988 and 1996 World Championships in the International Cadet Class.
- Year 2003 International Optimist Dinghy Asian Championships
Year 1981 – Introduce a SQUARE RIG SAILING of bygone days, a BRIG was built in Bhavnagar and fitted out in Mumbai. Hundreds of Sea Cadets and Naval Cadets experienced off shore sailing and nimbly climbed the 70 feet masts to set sails on our Sail Training Ship VARUNA on her voyages to Goa and to Colombo.
In 1987 - Sail Training Ship VARUNA sailed to AUSTRALIA with a NAVAL crew and 2 Sea Cadets.
On every Saturday afternoons and on school holidays, over 50+ cadets get to sail at least for 75 minutes each.
An ex-sea cadet donated Sea Cadet Corps was a 38 feet sailing Catamaran JAANU. The older sailors have taken to not only sailing the Catamaran JAANU, but also learning practical seamanship and other nautical pursuits.
A BOAT - sailing, pulling or any craft is a means for instilling skills, values and a sense of responsibility into thousands of young boys and girls in the Sea Cadet Corps.
Honorary Commodore Gokuldas Shivdas Ahuja was born on 31st October 1908 and passed away on 12th October 1988 and his legacy continues.
The Sea Cadet Corps sailed/ marched into its 75th year on 13th May 2012.
The 3rd edition of the Memorial Regatta was sailed on 16th November 2014 with 123 boats and over 275 participants. Two races were keenly contested in light to medium winds which was followed by prize distribution on T.S Jawahar. Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, PVSM, AVSM, ADC FOC-in-WEST and Trustee Chairman Sea Cadet Council along with Mrs. Ragini Chopra were the Chief Guests.
Honorary Commodore G. S. AHUJA Memorial Trophy
was presented to the winner of Laser Standard for the year 2014
Boats involved for sailing was The big sail boats, 470s, 420s, Enterprises! The double handers, Seabirds and Beneateau 7.5, Optimist Sailing.
MEMORIAL REGATTA 2015
Was conducted on 8th November 2015, with 238 boats and Yachts of all sizes, shapes and colours and from Sailing Clubs in Mumbai. Also Bhopal, Pune and Secunderabad took part.
Memorial Trophy was presented to Winner of Enterprise class by Mr. Jamshyd Godrej, Yachtsmen, Industrialist and trustee Sea cadet Council.
MEMORIAL REGATTA 2014
Was conducted on 16th November 2014, with 123 boats from 8 footer optimist dinghy to 50 feet Catamaran and Yachts with around 300 sailors participated with Racing on 3 courses.
Memorial trophy presented to Winner of Laser Standard by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, PVSM, AVSM,ADC, FOC-in-C WESTERN NAVAL COMMAND
MEMORIAL REGATTA 2013
Was Conducted on 27th October 2013, with 250 sailors racing on 3 courses.
The Memorial Trophy being presented by Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM, Chief of Staff, WNC to the winners of Seabird Class, all of who are ex- Seacadets!
MEMORIAL REGATTA 2012
Inaugral Regatta 4th NOVEMBER 2012. 80 Boats participated from Sailing clubs in Mumbai.
Memorial trophy presented to Winner of J-24 Class by Vice Admiral P MURUGESAN AVSM,VSM,Chief of Staff Headquarters