Abhilash Tomy Scripts Maritime History
Commander Abhilash Tomy (retd) became the first Indian to finish the Golden Globe Race, coming second after spending 236 days alone at sea in his yacht Bayanat.
Points to Ponder:
- Commander Abhilash Tomy (retd) became the first Indian to finish the Golden Globe Race, coming second after spending 236 days alone at sea in his yacht Bayanat.
- The Golden World Race is a solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the world that recreates the 1960s on the high seas without the use of current technology aids.
- Kirsten Neuschafer of South Africa won the race, becoming the first woman to accomplish it.
- The race began on September 4, 2022, from Les Sables-d’Olonne, France, with 16 sailors from 11 countries.
- Sir Robin Knox Johnston of the United Kingdom is organising the Golden Globe Race to honour his 1968 solo, nonstop circumnavigation of the globe.
- Cdr. Tomy had previously completed a solo, non-stop round of the globe, traversing 53,000 nautical miles under sail in 2012-13.
- Despite suffering a spinal injury during the previous race in 2018, Cdr. Tomy insisted on competing in the Golden Globe Race for the second time, making his achievement all the more remarkable.
- Admiral R. Hari Kumar, the chief of the Indian Navy, commended Cdr. Tomy on his outstanding achievement.
- The historic event covers a variety of round-the-world races, including solo and fully crewed races that can be completed nonstop or with breaks.
- Ms Neuschäfer officially became the first woman to win a “round the world race by the three great capes, including solo and fully crewed races, non-stop or with stops, and the first South African sailor to win a round-the-world event,” according to the organisers.