Gaurav Shinde (32)




Name Gaurav Shinde

Born January 30th 1987

Nationality Indian

Country of entry Canada

Race GGR 2022

Boat Class Suhaili

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?”


Boat [Suhaili]


Name Good Hope
Type Baba 35
Designer Robert H. Perry
Builder Ta Shing Yacht Building Company, Taiwan
LOA 10.6m
LWL 9m
Beam 3.4m
Draft 1.9m
Displacement 8626 kgs
Sail area 716sq.ft

Gaurav has found his challenger for the GGR in the shape of a Bob Perry Ta Shing Baba 35. After searching throughout all of North America, Gaurav found Good Hope in New York fell in love with her at first sight. Good Hope is named after the Cape of Good Hope and has always brought her previous occupants home and Gaurav believes she will be kind to her. Gaurav plans to sail Good Hope in Lake Ontario and Lake Huron over the next two years and then refit her in the winter of 2021 and sail her across the Atlantic in 2022 to the start in Les Sables-d’Oloone. Good Hope is Baba 35 hull no 42 and will be 42 years old in 2022.