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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 05.04.2013

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will visit Mumbai tomorrow (April 6, 2013) to attend the concluding ceremony of accomplishment of ‘Sagar Parikrama-II’ – Solo Non Stop Unassisted Circumnavigation done by Lt. Cdr. Abhilash Tomy of Indian Navy.

The Indian Navy launched project ‘Sagar Parikrama I’ on August 19, 2009 to undertake Solo Circumnavigation of the globe, in an indigenously built yacht named ‘Mhadei’. The first such Circumnavigation was accomplished by Cdr. Dilip Donde on May 22, 2010.

Lt. Cdr. Abhilash Tomy as skipper and sole crew competed the first Solo Non Stop Unassisted Circumnavigation ‘Sagar Parikrama II’ on Mhadei. The expedition was flagged off from Mumbai on November 1, 2012. During the expedition, he sailed non stop covering all three major Capes viz Cape Leeuwin off Australia, Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America and Cape of Good Hope.

Lt. Cdr. Abhilash Tomy is the first Indian to achieve this feat and in the world he is among 80 people who have achieved this feat.

This release issued at 1515 hrs