Tomy’s Sailboat is Dismasted in Golden Globe Race – Rescue Underway

Abhilash Tomy was in 3rd place in the Golden Globe Race for small yachts on September 21, 2018, when his boat THURIYA was rolled and dismasted in 14-meter seas and 70-knot winds about 1,900 miles SW of Perth, Australia in the Southern Indian Ocean. Tomy had a sever back injury and could not move from his bunk. He set off his EPIRB manually, but was unable to cut away the dangerously dangling mast. This set off an international rescue of the French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris underway on September 24, 2018.


4th place Gregor McGuckin and his Biscay 36 yacht HANLEY ENERGY ENDURANCE were also rolled and dismasted in the same storm but was able to set up a jury rig. A full rescue organised by the Australian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Canberra is under way to repatriate the inured solo sailor, Commander Abhilash Tomy from his Suhaili replica yacht THURIYA.

Abhilash has covered 52,000 miles under sail while in the Indian Navy including a solo non-stop circumnavigation from Mumbai and back in 2012/13.

Commander Abhilash Tomy, KC (left) with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and (right) Right Dilip Donde first Indian to sail solo around the world meet each other In a Mumbai curry house. Abhilash Tomy is an entrant in the 2018 Golden Globe Race. He completed a solo non-stop circumnavigation from Mumbai and back in 2012/13. To celebrate India’s heritage in building famous singlehanded yachts in the past (Suhaili and Lively Lady) Abhilash will be racing a replica of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s original 32-foot winner built at the Aquarius shipyard on Goa.

2018 Golden Globe Race – GGR skippers congregate in Les Sables d’Olonne. Back row left to right: Loic Lepage (FRA) Uku Randmaa (EST), Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) Don McIntyre – Race Founder, Abhilash Tomy (Ind) LSDO sport) Are Wiig (NOR) Jean Paul Dubreuil (Vice President LSDO) Agglomeration Yannick Moreau (President LSDO Agglomeration; Mark Sinclair (AUS) Ertan Beskardes (GBR) Mark Slats (NED) Igor Zarertsjiy (RUS) Susie Goodall (GBR) Front row: Philippe Peche (FRA), Kevin Farebrother (AUS) Gregor McGuckin (IRE) Antoine Cousot (FRA) Jane Zhou (GGR organiser) Istvan Kopar (USA) Nabil Amra (PAL) Celine Trommenschlager (GGR organiser). Of the 18 skippers who departed, the dismasting of Tomy and McGuckin on September 21, 2018, would leave only 8 left with over 15,000 nautical miles to go in the 30,000 nm race and Cape Horn to come.

The Golden Globe Race starts from Les Sables d’Olonne on 1st July 2018.

Non-copyrighted photos taken by PPL/GGR by
Christophe Favreau
Commander Abhilash Tomy, KC
Gregor McGuckin
Barry Pickthall
Tim Bishop

Public Domain video from the US Navy:
Video by Petty Officer 1st Class Paul Seeber
Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet

160728-N-KL795-020 The Royal Australian Navy Anzac Class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) steams i(U.S. Navy video by Chief (select) Mass Communication Specialist Paul Seeber

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160712-N-ZY850-003 PEARL HARBOR (July 12, 2016) Indian Navy frigate Satpura (F48) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific 2016. (U.S. Navy Video By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jamie Hawkins)

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