Cdr Abhilash Tomy

Cdr Abhilash Tomy

Cdr Abhilash Tomy


On April 6, 2013, Indian Navy’s Cdr Abhilash Tomy wrote a new chapter in India’s rich Maritime history by becoming the first Indian to Circumnavigate the Earth under sails – solo, nonstop and unassisted. A maritime reconnaissance pilot by profession, he had set sail out of Mumbai on November 1, 2012, in the sail boat INSV Mhadei to undertake a voyage no Indian had attempted before and few had dreamt of. In fact, so far, less than 80 people in the world have successfully completed such a voyage. The entire voyage of approx 22 thousand nautical miles, crossing the Indian, Southern, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans was done using sails and the power of the wind, without touching any Port and without any outside assistance. His route, from West to East, took him South of the continents of Australia, South America and Africa, thus rounding the three ‘Great Capes’; Cape Leeuwin in Australia, Cape Horn in South America and Cape of Good Hope in Africa.During the voyage, he had to weather temperatures from 4 to 40° C, often battling winds of over 125 Kmph and 10 meter high waves. At times he was over 4000 Km from the nearest land, all alone with only his trustworthy boat and indomitable spirit to rely on. The feat of conquering the world on his own is what makes Cdr Abhilash Tomy stand out and is a shining example of “ You can achieve anything in the world if you believe in yourself.”

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