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Lt Cdr Abhilash Tomy is the first Indian and the 79th person in the world to perform a successful solo and nonstop circumnavigation of the globe under sail He embarked on his journey from Mumbai on 01 November 12 and returned after spending 150 days at sea during which time he covered 23000 nautical miles in a sailboat, sailing south of the five great capes of the Southern Hemisphere.
A reconnaissance pilot with the Indian Navy, Lt Cdr Tomy is the most experienced offshore sailor in the country with upwards of 50,000 nautical miles of sailing experience. . He was decorated with the Kirti Chakra, for valour and courageous action away from battle, and the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award, both in 2013.