Commander Abhilash Tomy, the only Indian to sail around the world non-stop and solo in the Goa-built sailing yacht 'INSV Mhadei', will repeat the feat in his new sailing boat 'Thuriya', to be launched tomorrow at Aquarius Shipyard, Naroa, Divar, near Panaji.
According to a press release here today, only this time he will be sailing without any modern navigation or communication aids.
Navigation will be by hand held sextant on paper charts, without GPS or sat phone.There are no autopilots; not even pocket calculators are allowed.
The 32-foot wood core epoxy sailboat is a replica of the legendary and iconic 'Suhaili', which was built in Mumbai in 1963 and sailed by the legendary Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, in the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world The Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968.
The 50th anniversary re-creation of the Golden Globe Race starts 30 June 2018 from Plymouth, England.
The challenge is pure and raw.
It is for ‘those who dare’, just as it was for Sir Robin Knox Johnston.
Abhilash Tomy will sail 'Thuriya' around the world in this historic race, in conditions similar to 1968, without any modern aids.
'Thuriya' has been specially built by Aquarius Shipyard, Diwar Island, Goa, as the sole Indian entry in the solo, round-the-world, non-stop Golden Globe Race 2018, to mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's historic feat in 1968.