GGR 2022 has concluded with the final two participants crossing the finish line - in the French port of Les Sables D'olonnes
and a historic race has drawn to a close.
Cdr Abhilash Tomy, the intrepid Indian Navy sailor who was injured in GGR 2018, resolved to enter the race again in 2022 after undergoing complex surgery
and has proven to himself and the world that he 'could do it'- with a flourish.
In this episode (which was recorded prior to the conclusion of the race) Vice Admiral IC Rao who has been a 'sutradhar' for those following GGR 2022 explains in rich detail the sailing conditions in the Bay of Biscay and the challenges faced by the finalists.
GGR 2022 , deemed to be the world’s most challenging ocean sailing race , concluded at 9 PM (local time) April 27 in the French port village Les Sable D’olonne with South African skipper Kirsten Neuschafer crossing the finish line on Thursday night. Ms. Kirsten has made history by winning this race.
The other finalist, Indian Navy sailor, Cdr. Abhilash Tomy, after almost 240 days at sea, is expected to cross the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne in France on Saturday.
In this episode, we are very glad to welcome Abhilashs's wife Urmimala to share her thoughts about GGR 2022 and the symbolism for the intrepid sailor.
This race is deemed to be the world’s most challenging ocean sailing race , where finalists cover nearly 26,000 nautical miles – or almost 52,000 kms across the three oceans. GGR 2022 will conclude around April 29.
The final phase is nail-biting, with the three participants metaphorically in a neck-to-neck position, as they race towards the French port village Les Sable D’olonne.
The two leading boats can be deemed podium winners, irrespective of who glides in first towards the finish line and both Ms. Kirsten , the woman sailor from South Africa and Cdr. Abhilash from India are to be commended for their grit and perseverance.
However, as in all matters maritime – the oceans can come up with uncertainties and surprises – so we must wait for the official results .
In today’s chat we are glad to introduce our two guests Vice Admiral IC Rao – the ‘sutradhar’ for those in India following GGR 2022 . For those who heard the first podcast, he needs no introduction – a sailing enthusiast whose knowledge of the domain is deep and extensive.
Our second guest is Ms. Kshama Fernandes, a high octane finance professional and founding member of Northern Arc Capital which she headed for a decade from 2012 to 2022. Among other feathers in her cap, Kshama is among the very few non military Indian women sailors who have crossed the Atlantic in a sailboat. She did this in 2016 with a four-member all woman crew.
The Golden Globe Race - better known as GGR 2022 - is deemed to be the world’s most challenging ocean sailing race and it entails sailing solo around, the around-the-world, through the three navigable oceans (Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans) with technology restricted to that which was available in 1968. In other words, the individual sailor has to navigate his/her boat by the stars and will not have access to modern navigational aids. This is extremely daunting and often dangerous, to say the least.
GGR 2022 started on September 4, 2022 and is expected to conclude around April 29 – depending on the weather.
The race which began with 16 participants has now come down to just three and one of them is a woman sailor from South Africa. These finalists have been at sea for 230 days (as of today) – or seven months plus - in total solitude and with no communication. One of these doughty sailors racing towards the finish in France’s port village of Les Sables-D’olonne is India’s Commander Abhilash Tomy – the intrepid sailor who is out there with titanium in his spine.
The podcast will dwell on the intrepid Abhilash and his odyssey with the oceans as part of GGR 2022.
The panel includes former Indian Navy chief, Admiral Vijai Shekhawat and Vice Admiral IC Rao, a former Chief of Material at Naval Hqs. The moderator is Commodore C. Uday Bhaskar, Director, Society for Policy Studies. Thanks to Vaaka Media.
Omkar Bhole from ORCA speaks with Commodore C Uday Bhaskar on the topic of India-China competition in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Commodore Bhaskar elaborates on China’s assertiveness in IOR as a result of its rising maritime strength. The discussion ranges from China’s growing naval expenditure especially on modernization, to its surveillance ship being docked at Hambantota port in Sri Lanka. Commodore Bhaskar opines that all these developments have created serious security concerns for India and it must act soon to counter China’s maritime challenge in the IOR.
अमेरिका में 40 लाख से अधिक की संख्या वाला विशाल भारतवंशी समुदाय सफलता के नित नए सोपान चढ़ रहा है. अंग्रेजी के वरिष्ठ संपादक तरुण बसु द्वारा संपादित किताब 'कमला हैरिस एंड द राइज आफ इंडियन अमेरिकंस' सफलता की इन कहानियों को समझने की एक कुंजी है.
सांस्कृतिक परंपराओं की जननी काशी की देव दीवाली एक वैश्विक उत्सव बन चुकी है. नौ यूरेशियाई देशों के शंघाई सहयोग संगठन (एससीओ) द्वारा काशी को अपनी सांस्कृतिक राजधानी घोषित किए जाने के बाद देव दीवाली का महत्व और बढ़ गया है.
देश की आज़ादी के इतिहास में 1857 के विद्रोह को अंग्रेजी हुकूमत के खिलाफ पहला जन-विद्रोह माना गया है. लेकिन सच कुछ और है. अंग्रेजों के खिलाफ देश में पहला जन-विद्रोह उत्तर प्रदेश के वाराणसी में 1781 में हुआ था. बनारस की जनता ने शिवाला घाट की लड़ाई में 16 अगस्त, 1781 को अंग्रेज अधिकारियों सहित अंग्रेज़ी सेना के 200 सैनिकों को मार गिराया था. ईस्ट इंडिया कंपनी के पहले गवर्नर जनरल वारेन हेस्टिंग्स को रात के अंधेरे में जान बचा कर भागना पड़ा था. इस घटना के बाद बनारस की जनता समय-समय पर अंग्रजों के खिलाफ विद्रोह के बिगुल बजाती रही. ऐसे ही विद्रोह की एक दूसरी हैरतअंगेज कहानी अगली कड़ी में... जरूर सुनें...