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Indian Navy Officer Abhilash Tomy to circumnavigate globe solo, non-stop

Jul 2, 2018 10:45 IST
Indian Navy Officer Abhilash Tomy to circumnavigate globe solo, non-stop

Indian Naval officer Commander Abhilash Tomy has been selected to participate in the prestigious Golden Globe Race (GGR), which commenced from Les Sables d’Olonne harbour in France on July 1, 2018.

The GGR requires all the participants to sail around the world, single-handed and non-stop. Abhilash Tomy is the only invitee from Asia to participate in the prestigious and unique voyage.

Significance

The uniqueness of the race is that it forbids the use of boat designs and technology newer than 1968.

Hence, use of Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite communication and navigational aids would not be permitted.

About Abhilash Tomy

 Indian Navy Officer Abhilash Tomy to circumnavigate globe solo, non-stop

Commander Abhilash Tomy is one of India’s most prominent sailors.

He has covered 53,000 nautical miles under sail, including a solo non-stop circumnavigation of the globe in 2012-13 onboard Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Mhadei.

He is also a recipient of the Kirti Chakra, Mac Gregor and Tenzing Norgay awards.

The officer would be sailing on an indigenously built sailing vessel -‘Thuriya’, which has been built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Ltd at Goa.

The boat showcases India’s boat building capability on the world forum and promotes the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Thuriya stands for pure consciousness and is the background that transcends the three common states of consciousness, namely waking consciousness, dreaming and dreamless sleep.

About Golden Globe Race

The Golden Globe Race is being conducted by Sir Robin Knox Johnston of the UK to commemorate the completion of 50 years of the world's first solo non-stop circumnavigation undertaken by him in 1968-69 on board the Indian built boat, Suhaili.

 Indian Navy Officer Abhilash Tomy to circumnavigate globe solo, non-stop

The race includes a total of 18 sailors, who are expected to cover 30,000 miles non-stop, single-handedly and with no outside assistance.

Participation Guidelines

The participants are limited to sailing in yachts and using the equipment similar to what was available to Sir Robin in his first race. Hence, use of modern technology or benefit of satellite-based navigation aids is forbidden.

The participants are also required to sail in production boats between 32ft and 36ft overall (9.75 – 10.97m) designed prior to 1988 that have a full-length keel with rudder attached to their trailing edge. These yachts are heavily built, strong and sturdy, similar in concept to Sir Robin’s 32ft vessel Suhaili.

 Indian Navy Officer Abhilash Tomy to circumnavigate globe solo, non-stop

Further, use of electronic instruments or autopilots for navigation will not be allowed.

The participants will be required to hand-write their logs and determine the weather for themselves.

Occasionally, they will be allowed to talk to their family and the outside world when long-range high frequency and ham radios allow.

Key Objectives

To create a unique ‘RETRO’ non-stop solo around the world yacht race that draws sailors back to the Golden Age of ‘one sailor, one boat’ facing the great oceans of the world.

To organise a race where adventure takes precedence over winning at all costs.

To professionally manage an event where the sailors skill and traditional seamanship alone, rather than with the help of modern technology and support crews.

To give sailors of all ages an opportunity to race solo around the world safely, in a fleet of similar and affordable yachts in the spirit of Suhaili.

The race is expected to complete at Les Sables d’Olonne in April 2019. The progress of the race can be viewed on the official GGR website - http://www.goldengloberace.com.

 

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