Indian Naval Officer Commander Abhilash Tomy Selected for Golden Globe Race 2018 (Download PDF)


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

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Image of Indian Naval officer Commander Abhilash Tomy

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

Distinction of the Race

  • Uniqueness of race is that it forbids use of boat designs & technology newer than 1968.

  • Use of Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite communication & navigational aids would not be permitted.

Abhilash Tomy

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

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

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Image of Abhilash Tomy- the Life of Another PI

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  • He is recipient of Kirti Chakra, Mac Gregor & Tenzing Norgay awards.

  • Officer would be sailing on indigenously built sailing vessel -‘Thuriya’, which is built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Ltd at Goa.

  • Boat showcases India’s boat building capability on world forum & promotes ‘Make in India’ initiative.

  • Thuriya stands for pure consciousness & is background that transcends 3 common states of consciousness, namely waking consciousness, dreaming & dreamless sleep.

Golden Globe Race

  • Golden Globe Race is being conducted by Sir Robin Knox Johnston of UK to commemorate completion of 50 years of world’s 1st solo non-stop circumnavigation undertaken by him in 1968 - 69 on board Indian built boat, Suhaili.
  • Race includes total of 18 sailors, who are expected to cover 30,000 miles non-stop, single-handedly & w/no outside assistance.
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Participation Guidelines

  • Participants are limited to sailing in yachts & using equipment similar to what was available to Sir Robin in his 1st race. Hence, use of modern technology or benefit of satellite-based navigation aids is forbidden.

  • Participants are required to sail in production boats b/w 32ft & 36ft overall (9.75 – 10.97m) designed prior to 1988 that have full-length keel w/rudder attached to their trailing edge. These yachts are heavily built, strong & sturdy, similar in concept to Sir Robin’s 32ft vessel Suhaili.

  • Use of electronic instruments or autopilots for navigation will not be allowed.

  • Participants will be required to hand-write their logs & determine weather for themselves.

  • They will be allowed to talk to their family & outside world when long-range high frequency & ham radios allow.

Key Objectives Golden Globe Race 2018

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

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

  • To professionally manage event where sailors skill & traditional seamanship alone, rather than w/help of modern technology & support crews.

  • To give sailors of all ages opportunity to race solo around world safely, in fleet of similar & affordable yachts in spirit of Suhaili.

Race is expected to complete at Les Sables d’Olonne in April 2019. Progress of race can be viewed on official GGR website.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 7, 2018

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