Postal Stamp Image : YACHT TRISHNA AND ROUTE MAP 1227 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 10/01/1987
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 6.50
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1227
Stamp Information : FIRST INDIAN SAILING EXPEDITION AROUND THE WORLD 1985-87 The First Indian Army Expedition sailing around the worldin a small37 feetapproximately fibre glass yatchnamed TRISHNA sailed off from Bombay on 28th September, 1985. The Expedition has gained historical significance being the first of its kind in Indian Sailing history. The team comprised ten officers of te Corps of Engineeris of the Indian Army. They covered a distance of approximately 50,000 kms in 1/2 years. There was a total crew of six officers on the boat. Out of these six, four officers sailed around the world, whereas the others changed at intermediate ports enroute. The team having been flaged off by the then Chief of the Army Staff, Late Gen.A.S. Vaidya, PVSM, MVC, AVSM, ADC on 28th September, 1985 from Bombay touched Male (Maldives), Port Louis (Maritius), St. Helena, Ascension Island, Natal & Belem (Bazil), Paramarbe (Surinam), Georgetown (Guyana), Port of Spain (Trinidad), Barabados, Kingston (Jamaica), and across through the Panama canal on 26th February, 1986. Setting sail again from Panama on 5th April 1986 they touched Galapagos Islands, Marquesas Island, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Raritonga Fiji, Auckland, Sydney, Bali, Jakarta, Singapore,Colombo and returned back to Bombay. Trishna, which means an urgue to attain and accomplish a deep rooted desire, is 36 feet 6 inches in length, 10 fet 9 inches in width, has a draught of 6 feet 1 inch, with a gross weight of 10.5 tonns. It has been built by Nautor of Finland and designed by Sparkman and Stephen. It has a sloop rig, a long keel and a skeg making it very sea worthy in rough weather. Trishna is fitted with the basic cruising equipment like a depth sounder, wind instruments, speed log radio direction finder, VHF and HF radios, a six man life raft and other safety equipment. Her-50 gallon water capacity has been increased to 130 gallons. The team went through very rough weather in the Indian Ocean and sailed through two severe storms around the tip of Madagascar and while rounding the Cape of Good Hope. Also the flat calms of the equatorial doldrums enroute to Maurititus made them drift 300 miles off course. From Tahiti onwards the weather turned rougher and rougher in the winter of the Souther Hamisphere. They ran into storms between Fiji and Auckland, which ripped their main and their jib sails. The reverse main sail was also ripped apart the journey across the Tasman Sea from Auckland to Sydney was the worst so far, when they encountered winds over 120 kmph and waves over 40 feet high. Close encounters with whales off the South Africa Coast and in between Fiji and Auckland, sharks and dolphins, seals, and numrous other sea and land life, and the theory of evolution, was very interesting. The members of the expedition are: 1. Col TPS Chowdhry Team MAnager, 2. MAj KS Rao, SM-Skiper, 3. MAj A Bhattacharya, 4. MAj SN Mathur, 5. Maj AP Singh SM, 6. Maj AK Singh SM, 7. Capt R BAssi, 8. Capt S Shekhar, 9. Capt C Bharti, 10. Lt. N. Ahuja. The Department of Posts is happy to issue a special stamp on TRISHNA, the First Indian Army Expedition of sailing around the World. (Text: Courtesy Col TPS Chowdhry, Team Manager).
Philatelic Stamp Description : The 650 P multicolour stamp has been designed by India Security Press, Nashik Road. The stamp depicts the yatch 'TRISHNA' showing the route the sailing expedition had taken. The cancellation has been designed by Miss Nenu Bagga.
Stamp Currency : R
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.55 X 2.5 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 35
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Horizontal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked P.G. Matt coated paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 15,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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