The great monsoon sail: This event near Lonavala guarantees an adrenaline-packed weekend

By  Shunashir Sen | Mumbai | Posted  01-Sep-2017

A regatta near Lonavala guarantees an adrenaline-packed monsoon weekend

Pavana, a freshwater lake nestled in the rolling hills near Lonavala, offers a sense of calm to Mumbaikars. But every monsoon since 2014, it has been bustling with activity, thanks to the Wet and Wild Regatta it plays host to. It's fourth edition is being held this weekend.

A sailboat competition at Pavana lake
A sailboat competition at Pavana lake

It involves a host of activities like surfing, kayaking, cycling, mountain climbing and the key component — sailing. The event was started by a bunch of sailors from the city, who were frustrated with the choppy monsoon waters of the Arabian Sea restricting them from pursuing their passion. "Then, some people discovered Pavana lake. It's safe during the rainy season and has a helpful wind. So, we decided to call sailors from all over the country and conduct a race," says Dhanya Pilo, one of the organisers.

Sailors from Goa, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Chennai and Visakhapatnam will participate in this edition. However, Pilo adds that there's something for everyone since the idea is to bring people close to nature, regardless of whether they know the difference between the port and starboard sides of a boat.

On: Today till September 3
At: Lake Pavana, near Lonavala
Call: 9833820497
Cost: `840 onwards (per activity)

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