The Intrepid Abhilash and GGR 2022 - Episode II
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.
(By special arrangement with Vaaka Media)