Showing indomitable spirit Commander Abhilash Tomy KC who braved and survived storm while participating in the Golden Globe Race in 2018 has said that he thinking of his next race after a storm wrecked his boat during the Golden Globe Race event in 2018.
Tomy spoke to Republic TV's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami about his experience during the shipwreck during which he survived 14 high waves 130 kmph for 70 hours. The incident led to a back injury.
"I was planning my next race when I was lying on my boat," he said when answering a call from Rini Simon, who is India's top broadcaster,
He spoke about several things including his motivation during the incident and the Indian Navy.
"The kind of support I got after I was lying injured in the middle of nowhere, it was really overwhelming. I trusted the sea and I was confident that I would be rescued no matter what and had faith in the ability of the Indian Navy. The Navy prepared me very well for such a situation. I was crippled in a place 6,000 km away from India what kept me going was naval training and also that you should never lose the will to survive," he said.
"When I get into a storm like the one which broke my back and boat that's when it is paisa vasool for me. I get anxious when I get there but once I get I look forward to such challenges," he said.
"You are alone physically when you are at sea. But it is the country which pushes you forward. The country will be a better place if more people go to sea. The kind of support when I am on land, the kind of resource one gets to do what I want at the sea," he said.
"I have been dreaming about working for the navy and wearing the Whites since I was a kid. I am really thankful to Navy for this opportunity, and to the people who prayed for me," he said.
A pilot in the Indian Navy, he has had the advantage, just as French sailing legend Eric Tabarly did, of spending much of his career sailing for his country.
Commander Tomy has covered 52,000 miles under sail while in the Navy including a solo non-stop circumnavigation from Mumbai and back in 2012-13. He has also represented India in the 2011 Cape Town to Rio Race, the Spanish Copa del Rey Race in 2014 and the Korea Cup for two years in succession.
He has been awarded the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award, the Kirti Chakra for valour and courageous action and Mac Gregor medal.
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