Cdr Abhilash Tomy is the first Indian and second Asian to have sailed around the earth solo, non-stop and unassisted. A naval aviator, Abhilash was attracted to seafaring and adventure at a young age.
His participation in the Golden Globe Race 2018 ended tragically with an accident and spinal injury. Now recovered, Abhilash is planning to race again in GGR2022.
An easy smile, gentle manner and casual air belie the steely will and almost superhuman mental strength of Cdr Abhilash Tomy; recipient of the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award and the Kirti Chakra for valour and courageous action.
Cdr Abhilash has catalogued his incredible journeys in two books, a blog and continues to engage with people through conversations and stories.
ADVENTURES AROUND THE WORLD
01 Jul - 21 Sep 18
Golden Globe Race 2018
Entrant in Golden Globe Race 2018, which started from Les Sables d'Olonne, France on 01 Jul 18. On the 82nd day, Abhilash met with an accident in the Indian Ocean fracturing his spine.
01 Nov 2012- 31 Mar 2013
Sagar Parikrama 2
Sails the Mhadei around the earth, south of the five Great Capes of the Southern Hemisphere, alone and without stops.
Earns a Kirti Chakra, Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award, Mac Gregor Medal among others.
Mar - Jun 2012
Skippers Mhadei and a rookie crew to Langkawi and Phuket with pit stops in Kochi and Port Blair
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
President's Fleet Review
Parades the Mhadei at Mumbai harbour to salute the Hon'ble President of India on her once in a term review of the naval fleet.
Undertakes a 16000 nautical mile voyage to Cape Town and Rio as first mate and then as skipper. Participates in the Cape2Rio2011 trans Atlantic race - a first by an Indian sailboat. Sails The Mhadei from Cape Town to Goa solo in 33 days.
Mar 2009 - May 2010
Sagar Parikrama 1
Lone shore support for Cdr Dilip Donde in Indian Navy's first and historic solo circumnavigation project.
Sails to Colombo and Mauritius as crew.
Jan 2009 - Feb 2009
Sails from Salalah to Al Mukalla with radio-astronomer, Prof Radhakrishnan
Jun 2008- Dec 2008
Volvo Ocean Race
Yacht Services Manager for VOR's first stopover at an Asian port.
Is awarded the Chief of Naval Staff commendation.