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Sail to Maldives, Goa in style


6 April 2011

Jaldeep Shenoy, Mangalore:

Panambur beach will soon be the most happening spot in the district, from a fun point of view. Initiatives taken by the Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project will not only enable people to spend their weekends on the beach from April 23, but also give one a perfect opportunity to undertake a cruise on board a luxury yacht that the project authorities acquired from Maldives in October.
The Project by mid-May will enter in to a joint venture with a French company to kick-start the cruise initiative. The 75-foot-long yacht with two engines of 130-HP and top sailing speed of 20 knots would take people on local cruise covering St Mary’s Island, Karwar and Goa in one package, Lakshadweep Islands in the second package and Maldives in the third. Legal requirements for the second package to Lakshadweep are being worked out.

Keeping the finer points of the cruise initiative under wraps for professional reasons, Yatish Baikampady, Project CEO, told TOI here that the 50-people could enjoy the day cruise on board the second-hand yacht acquired from Maldives, while night-cruise would be limited to 16 persons. This is because the yacht with sails has just eight twin bed cabins, he said, adding the vessel would be manned by a crew of just three, including the captain.

It was a February meeting in Mumbai with a French national where the idea for the cruise germinated, Yatish confided stating that the finer details of the yacht cruise would be revealed once the JV is signed next month. The yacht with a 1.2 metre draft can be anchored either off Panambur beach or at the old Port at Bunder here. We are in touch with the port officer to berth the yacht at the old Port if the need for it arises, Yatish explained.

If a cruise makes you feel queasy, then try out the beach safari that gets underway in the fourth week on this month. All that one needs for this is to bring along a bedsheet and they can party the night away during the weekend and leave by around 11 am on Sunday, he said.

This is a unique concept of promoting community living on the beach. The beach safari sans the liquor will be reasonably priced.

LUXE LIFESTYLE: The local cruise will cover St Mary’s Island, Karwar and Goa in one package, Lakshadweep Islands in the second package and Maldives in the third.