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First Indian To Complete The Golden Globe Race

First Indian To Complete The Golden Globe Race:

Abhilash Tomy created history as the first Indian to complete the Golden Globe Race.

  • The Golden Globe Race is being conducted by the K.’s Sir Robin Knox Johnston.
  • Objective is to commemorate the world’s first solo non-stop circumnavigation undertaken by him in 1968, onboard the Indian-built boat Suhaili.
  • Participants in the GGR are required to sail around the world, single-handed and non-stop.
  • The uniqueness of the race is that boat designs and technology newer than 1968 are not permitted.
  • Also, the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite communication and navigational aids are forbidden in the 30,000-mile journey
  • The sailors each have a satellite phone and emergency locator beacons to be used for medical emergencies only.
  • Entrants are limited to sailing similar yachts, between 32 ft and 36 ft, designed prior to 1988 with a full-length keel with a rudder.
  • Equipment similar to what was available to Sir Robin in that first race was to be used.
  • 16 sailors from 11 countries depart from Les Sables-d’Olonne, France