Abhilash Tomy to sail ‘Thuriya’ in round-the-world Golden Globe race, ship launch on Aug 7

August 5, 2017

PRESS RELEASE | The 32-foot wooden sailboat is a replica of the legendary and iconic Suhaili, which was built in Mumbai and sailed by the legendary Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, in the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world in The Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968.

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.

Abhilash Tomy will sail Thuriya around the world in this historic race, in conditions similar to 1968, without modern navigation aids.

Thuriya will be launched at Aquarius Shipyard, Diwar Island, Goa, at 1600hrs on Monday 7 August 2017, in the presence of well wishers, friends and the workers who built the boat.

The 50th anniversary edition of the Golden Globe Race is a celebration of the original event. Competitors in this race will sail simple boats with basic equipment. The challenge is pure and raw.

It is for ‘those who dare’, just as it was for Sir Robin Knox Johnston. Navigation is with sextant on paper charts, without GPS or other electronic instruments or autopilots; not even pocket calculators. Participants will hand-write their logs and determine the weather for themselves. Only occasionally will they talk to loved ones and the outside world, when ham radios allow. The race begins from Plymouth, UK in June 2018. First Tomy has to do his proving trial by sailing his boat 4,500 nautical miles from Goa to Cape Town.

On Monday, August 7, however, the s s Thuriya will be put in the water for the first time.

Commander Abhilash Tomy, intrepid sailor.
Commander Abhilash Tomy, intrepid sailor.
The Thuriya getting into ship shape.
The Thuriya getting into ship shape.