Boat made in Goa to go round-the-world
Thuriya, a boat made in Goa, will be making a round-the-world solo tour. Interestingly, the boat has only pre-1968 technology on board! Café has the details
Sailing Boat ‘Thuriya’, a boat built at the Aquarius Shipyard on Divar island, will take part in the prestigious Golden Globe round-the-world solo sailing race scheduled to start from England on June 30, 2018. The boat was launched on Divar island on Monday.
Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy, who became India’s first non-stop circumnavigator in 2013, will be sailing the boat in a race that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Golden Globe Race of 1968. The 2018 race will be unique because it will not allow any competitor to use any technology that was invented after 1968. The five invited competitors will have to navigate using the sun, stars and magnetic compass. No electronic equipment, including common gadgets such as a pocket calculator, digital watch, GPS and satellite radio, will be allowed. This race aims to recreate the first solo and non-stop race in the world that was conducted in 1968, on its 50th anniversary. In the original Golden Globe Race, nine competitors started the race but only one — Sir Robin Knox-Johnston — finished in his teakwood sailboat ‘Suhaili’, built at Mumbai in 1963. ‘Thuriya’, which is a 32-feet Bermudan ketch (sailing boat with two masts), is built to the same plans as ‘Suhaili’ and will be the only replica of the iconic boat in the race. Speaking on the occasion, Captain (retd) Dilip Donde, who became India’s first solo circumnavigator in 2010 and is presently Tomy’s manager, said, “The race is going to be very challenging without the use of technology. It is going to be a steep learning curve for Abhilash.” Cdr Tomy, who also addressed the audience, heaped praise on Aquarius Shipyard for building a third indigenous sailing boat after the INSV Mhadei and INSV Tarini. He said, “I was very clear that my boat must be constructed in India and in Ratnakar Dandekar of Aquarius, we had the right man.” Cdr Tomy said that Sir Robin, the winner of the Golden Globe race in 1968, was a role model and huge inspiration for him and he was keen to emulate his feat. The event on Monday was well attended by sailing enthusiasts from Goa and across India.
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