Pub Date: 1 Jan 2014
Between 01 Nov 2012 and 31 Mar 2013, Commander Abhilash Tomy, an officer from the Indian Navy, sailed around the world alone, non-stop in an Indian-built sailboat, the INSV Mhadei. “151 Solitary Days at Sea Sailing Non-Stop Around the Globe” by Abhilash Tomy and Lynn de Souza is an eye-catching collection of Commander Tomy’s own musings and pictures of the voyage, compiled by Lynn de Souza.
Commander Abhilash Tomy, an Indian naval officer, yachtsman and maritime reconnaissance pilot, became the first Indian to complete a solo non-stop, unassisted circumnavigation of the world under sail in 2013. On 1 November 2012, Commander Tomy and the Mhadei started the voyage from Mumbai, India. After sailing a distance of 23,100 nautical miles, he arrived back in Mumbai on 7 April 2013. He became the first Indian, second Asian, and 79th person in the world to accomplish this exemplary feat.
In 2013, Commander Abhilash Tomy was awarded the Kirti Chakra, an Indian military decoration awarded for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice away from the field of battle. It is second in order of precedence of peacetime gallantry awards.
In 2019, Commander Abhilash Tomy was awarded the Nao Sena Medal, a gallantry award for servicemen in the Indian Navy.