Gaurav Shinde is an Indian living in Canada and has been one of the lesser known Indian offshore sailors. He started sailing as a cadet on the TS Jawahar of the Sea Cadet Corps at the age of 12 and built solid seamanship foundations at a young age.
Gaurav was tricked into sailing an offshore race by a friend and found his calling. He won a leg of the first ever Indian offshore championship in an open dinghy and topped it off by winning the second edition overall. During a dinner with India’s first solo circumnavigator Dilip Donde the seeds of a solo circumnavigation were planted.
For his achievements, the Yachting Association of India awarded him the Admiral Ramdas Trophy for offshore sailing in 2013 which was won in previous years by Indian circumnavigators Dilip Donde and Abhilash Tomy. Gaurav has more than 20,000 NM under sail and plans to add more on the lead up to the GGR.
Gaurav’s campaign will be based out of London, Ontario in Canada where he now lives.
Gaurav says of the GGR “Why not?”