The British invariably had their first glimpse of Madras from the sea. That was two miles from shore, at least till 1875. Ships would anchor there and passengers and goods would be offloaded on rafts to be ferried ashore. Then came the harbour, the construction of which was touted in its time as the greatest challenge mankind had ever faced anywhere in the world. Thereafter passengers came in larger numbers, once again by sea and the first sighting of Madras was from there.

Early records speak of only three visible structures – Pacchaiyappa’s Hall, Chepauk Palace and the Fort. Now the skyline is considerably more cluttered but certainly seeing our city from the sea is a unique experience, not to be missed.

Be a part of this unique moment, put together by Past Forward in association with the Royal Madras Yacht Club (RMYC). We board the yacht Shandavina at the harbour and set sail for 90 minutes during which Sriram V will fill you in on the sights you see, the legendary Emden, and the history of how the port was built. You also get to see the famed sunken ship, or at least what is left of it. Coffee and tea will be served on board the yacht. We return to the RMYC and depart after breakfast.

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Schedule: Assembly outside the RBI Building at 5.45 am, embarkation from the harbour at 6.30, return to the club at 8.00 for breakfast and seeing some of the RMYC’s history as well. Those who are interested can opt for a sail again after breakfast at an extra cost.

Cost: Rs 1500 for the yacht trip around the harbour and breakfast.

Note: Government of India issued ID is a must for entering the Port.

Payment Method: By transfer to

Account: Royal Madras Yacht Club – Boat A/c
Bank: HDFC Bank, Parrys Corner Branch, Chennai 600001.
A/C No. 50100111567011
IFSC Code: HDFC0000166
Account Type: Current

Last date for registration: By August 24, Friday.

After making the payment transfer, please send details of transfer, name, age of participants and ID details to