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Monday, July 3, 2017

Sailing superhero Cdr Abhilash Tomy set for Golden Globe Race next year


Bengaluru, July 02: India’s sailing superhero Commander Abhilash Tomy (Indian Navy) will be at Plymouth in UK amidst some of the best sailors in the business, attempting to recreate history, one year from now, 
Cdr Abhilash, now 38, and 30-odd sailors from across the globe, will be on a solo circumnavigation mission on their small traditional long-keeled yachts, aided by just paper charts, a sextant and wind up chronometer as their navigate tools.
The organisers of the Golden Globe Race (GGR-18) said that the event set to begin on June 30 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the original Golden Globe Race and the remarkable achievement of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in becoming the first man to complete a solo nonstop circumnavigation.
Cdr Abhilash created history on April 6, 2013 by becoming the first Indian (79th in the world) to complete a solo, unassisted, non-stop circumnavigation under sail.
He had set out on the mission from Mumbai on November 1, 2012 on sail boat INSV Mhadei.
A Keerthi Chakra recipient, he is among the five sailors who received a special invitation to partake in the GGR-18.
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