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26 fishers apprehended by Bangladesh coast guard

KANYAKUMARI: Twenty-six fishermen from Thoothoor area in Kanyakumari district and their three fishing boats were allegedly apprehended by the Bangladesh coast guard – 80 nautical miles away from Kolkata coast on Tuesday. The information was received by the coastal village after one of the boats in the vicinity alerted them about the detention.

The fishermen of Thoothoor panchayat involve in deep sea fishing and operate from fishing harbours across the country. They operate as far as from Gujarat in the western coast and Kolkata in the eastern coast. Four such boats set sail from Bettuagad near Kolkatta 23 days ago on November 17, sources from the Thoothoor village said.

Under these circumstances, the boats were rounded up in the Bay of Bengal around 2am on December 9. Fishermen strongly claimed that they were very much in Indian waters before being detained. Three boats by name, Ave Maria, Sea Mary and Annai belonging to Seba and Rajan from Thoothoor and Selvam from Chinnadurai were detained, said P Justin Antony of Tamil Nadu Fishermen Development Trust (TNFIDET) in Kanyakumari.

Talking to TOI over phone from Thoothoor, B Seba a boat owner said they received information after one of the four boats rounded up by Bangladesh coast guard managed to give the slip and informed the owners after sailing closer to shore where they could get mobile phone connectivity.

“From what our crew members said, our boats were very much in Indian waters but Bangladesh coast guard has forcefully taken our boats. Our crew members were desperately trying to reach out to Indian Navy and coast guard through wireless in all 16 lines but no one picked,” he claimed.

They have been fishing in the region for last four years without any trouble and this is first time the Bangladesh coast guard has detained them.

Three days ago, Indian Navy helicopter intercepted them and assured that they can fish there, he said.

“In fact, we were sailing towards deep sea and did not even start fishing when Bangladesh coast guard apprehended our fishing boats. If only our navy picked up our distress call and responded, our boats would have been set free,” Seba said. “It is sad that our naval agencies did not respond to distress call of our fishermen. Indian government should take immediate measures ensuring release of our fishermen and their boats,” said Justin Antony.

When contacted, Kanyakumari district collector, Sajjansingh R Chavan said the district administration has learnt about the incident and informed the state government.

“We have escalated it to the state government authorities and further action will be taken as per protocol,” he said. Fisheries department officials in Chennai also confirmed that they are aware of the incident. “Further action will be taken by the state government”, a senior official from the department said.


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Strong gusts cancel Extreme Sailing races

Conditions didn’t quite match the event title, but strong gusts forced the first day of the Extreme Sailing Series on Sydney Harbour to be cancelled on Thursday.

The ten-boat fleet containing a stellar cast of Australian and overseas-born sailors contesting the four-day event, experienced a frustrating afternoon.

South-easterly gusts coming off city buildings with squalls up to 42 knots, created safety concerns for the organiser.

“It’s the big gusts that take it out of the realms of safety,” event director Andy Tourell told AAP.

“We race these boats in 30, 32 knots of solid breeze, but it’s when you get 25 knots of breeze gusting to 40, 45 that’s when you get your issues.

“With it coming across the city, the gusts were just incredibly strong.

“Was it extreme conditions? I wouldn’t go as far as saying that.

“It was a very strong gradient breeze of 30 knots compounded with the squalls and the gusts coming out of the city.”

Tourell said the forecast for Friday was for 20-25 knot south easterly breeze with lighter more typical Sydney summer conditions predicted for the weekend.

He was still hopeful of having up to eight races on each of the three remaining days.

Tourell said races could be shortened from 15 minutes to 10-12.

Among the sailors participating in the event are Australian Olympic gold medallists Tom Slingsby and Nathan Wilmot abd British yachting legend, Sir Ben Ainslie.


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Sailing club feeling buoyant after £5,000 boost

A SAILING club is feeling buoyant after receiving a £5,000 cash boost to help more disabled people get into sport.

The Jumbles Sailing Club was one of only five sports clubs in the UK to receive the £5,000 bursary.

The club, which is based in Jumbles Country Park, Edgworth, secured the money as part of the BT 25th Birthday Bursary, a fund of £25,000 given out by BT to celebrate the British Paralympic Association’s 25th anniversary.

The £5,000 bursary will be used to purchase a new boat, in order to provide local people with more opportunities to get out on the water and enjoy sailing.

In recognition of its good work, the club was recently accredited for Sailability, the Royal Yachting Association’s scheme for disabled people.

Vic Buckley, the Jumbles’ Sailability champion, said: ”We are committed to helping disabled people to enjoy sailing and were thrilled to receive this bursary, which will enable us to buy a specially adapted boat that will give complete control to people with a range of disabilities.”

Previously, the club has borrowed fully accessible boats to give disabled people the chance to try sailing, which has proved such a hit there is currently a waiting list for potential new members.

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association, said: “I am delighted to see that Jumbles Sailing Club will benefit from the BT 25th Birthday Bursary with this award. It is fantastic to see how the money will be used to increase the opportunities and resources available in their community.

“It is a fitting way to mark both our 25th anniversary year and our long-term partnership with BT and The Telegraph, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them both for their ongoing support.”

Entries were judged by a panel that featured BT’s group marketing and brand director Suzi Williams, Paralympian Nathan Stephens, comedian and Channel 4 presenter Adam Hills and the Telegraph’s Gareth A Davies.


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SAP floats raft of Cloud analysis tools for Sydney Extreme Sailing Series

SAP is providing Cloud analysis tools for the Extreme Sailing Series for the eighth year running.

As the Official Technical Partner of the Series and title sponsor of the SAP Extreme Sailing Team, SAP has delivered enhanced analysis tools both pre and post-race.

This provides sailors, media and fans with greater insight into the on-water action.

SAP president and managing director, Andrew Barkla, said SAP was proud to work with the Extreme Sailing Series and the SAP Extreme Sailing Team to help deliver Cloud based technology solutions

“At Act 8 in Sydney we are pleased to demonstrate the power of the SAP Cloud solutions in this exciting venue. This region is integral to SAP’s success and future growth, most importantly a base for innovation, where we work closely with our partners and customers to help them simplify the way they do business and deliver value to their customers.”

Also new in 2014, SAP has enhanced it sailing analytics solution with detailed insights into the pre-start phase of races.

The new analysis options feature key start-line parameters including length, angle to wind, favoured side and advantage, all in real-time.

The live leader board displays statistics such as countdown to the start of the race, distance to start line, position where the line has been crossed and start tack.

The sailors and media are also provided with post-race automated reports based on SAP analytics solutions such as SAP BusinessObjects Explorer software and SAP Crystal Reports offerings as well as the SAP HANA platform to handle the increasing amount of data gathered from sensors on the boats and across the race course.