In a keenly contested boat pulling regatta that was held in the Ernakulam channel on Saturday, the team led by the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) School came up trumps, winning with 14 points the coveted trophy traditionally called ‘Cock’.
The air warriors of INS Garuda, losing by a whisker, were declared runners-up. Six teams with representation from all the naval units in Kochi vied with one another in as many categories in the prestigious annual regatta.
The race was held over a distance of 1.7 km from the new Venduruthy Bridge to the north end of the North Jetty in the Naval Base. Traditional naval boats—27-ft-long whalers—were used for the event.
Besides the ASW School, the winning team was also represented by the Diving School, INHS Sanjivani, survey ships and the Command Clearance Diving Team. The team led by INS Garuda comprised additional units and air squadrons. While the team led by the Signal School walked away with the ‘Godavari’ trophy for coming overall first in sports during the year, the team led by INS Dronacharya was adjudged the ‘best spirited team’.
Vice-Admiral K.N. Sushil, who was the chief guest at the prize distribution function, complimented the teams for their tremendous spirit. The Seamanship School of the Naval Base conducted the regatta.