Abhilash Tomy (39)



Name Abhilash Tomy

Born February 5th 1979

Nationality Indian

Country of entry India

Commander Abhilash Tomy, KC from India, is one of India’s most prominent sailors. 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.
Abhilash 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.
He says of the challenge ahead: “This event recreates in the closest way possible way, the magic of the original race. The emphasis is not on technology and its management, but on seamanship and a direct experience of sea. This spartan philosophy is in keeping with my own view that a lot can be achieved with very little.”




Name Thuriya
Type ERIC Suhaili replica Masthead ketch
Designer William Atkin
Builder Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd, Goa, India
LOA 32.00ft / 9.78m
LWL 27.50ft / 8.38m
Beam 11.00ft / 3.35m
Draft 5.50ft / 1.67m
Displacement 19545 lbs / 8865 kgs
Sail area 628sq ft / 58.34 m

To celebrate India’s heritage in building famous singlehanded yachts in the past (Suhaili and Lively Lady spring to mind) Abhilash will be racing a replica of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s original winner. Work began at the Aquarius shipyard on Goa in 2016, not with the rudimentary adze, bow drill and hand saw that shaped Suhaili in a Bombay shipyard five decades before, but with the latest CAD design and CNC cutting machinery to produce a much lighter wood epoxy composite replica. Thuriya was launched in August 2017 and Cdr.Tomy has been conducting sea trials in the Indian Ocean prior to shipping the yacht to Europe in March 2018.

Skipper Updates

August 16th 2018 12:00 AM

TOMY is roaring along after his night time collision with no reports of damage “HIT BY UNKNOWN FLOATING OBJECT AT NIGHT. ALL OK.”. Thuriya is over 7kts ! 7.4 this morning and has the best run of the day with 155 NM sailed in the last 24h. Abhilash is being pushed by a strong North-Ouest breeze but he needs to hurry if he doesn’t want to get sucked in that hole catching up behind him. He reported this morning on his Sat Phone Call, “a boat crossing passed him only 100m away last night, after he talk to the captain on the radio to ask him to clear the way but the man could not see Thuriya”… All Ok !

August 14th 2018 12:00 AM

Yesterday Abhilash was “CROSSING CAPRICORN. THE 2ND TROPIC”. Thuriya is taking advantage on a good breeze to go across at the moment, but Abhilash needs to hurry East not to get sucked in that whole growing from Brazil. Abhilash #Tomy, still poetic and very aware of the marine environment wrote (via satellite) that he is :“IN BROWN ALBATROSS TERRITORY” after a “NITE OF SQUALLS AND CHAOS. DIAMOND SAIL OUT”

August 9th 2018 12:00 AM

Abhilash summarizes well his actual situation and spirit of the moment in his last text messages: “HOPE THERE IS MORE TO SAILING THAN CLOSEHAULED” and “When I am done with this, I am going to order a pizza. And popcorn” ! and as always, smiling and in a good mood this morning during his weekly satphonecall to the raceoffice. Commandant Abilash has been exchanging salutations via HF SSB and text message to commandants of indian ships going by, with the intermediary of Mark Sinclair and Are Wiig.

August 7th 2018 12:00 AM

The trio of the west, ABHILASH TOMY, LOIC LEPAGE and MARK SINCLAIR also continues its descent but its distance from the direct route and its orientation to the southwest generates very low speeds of approach to the goal, even negative ones for the Indian skipper who remains 9th in the overall ranking for now.

August 1st 2018 12:00 AM

ABHILASH TOMY, not far from LOIC LEPAGE and MARK SINCLAIR are now all out of the Doldrums and are also pointing their bows to the south. Thuriya, his
replica of Suhaili, just crossed the equator this morning at almost 7 knots, in 10th position in the overall ranking, 400 miles ahead of the original course of the Suhaili! After the quitness othrough the Doldrums, sliding south has been a bit bumpy for Thuriya, but Ahbilash seems happy aboard and reports in his messages his many encounters with the marine fauna, and he enjoys the beautiful starry nights..

July 20th 2018 12:00 AM

Go west young man! A few days ago Abhilash made a determined move to head west and only today gybed south to reveal his intended route across the doldrums. He won’t have access to the weather overlays we get on the plotter and most likely is driven by his look at prior history before the start or some advice from an experienced sailor. You can’t help but wonder what Robin Know Johnston advised Abhilash in those days prior to setting sail.

July 16th 2018 12:00 AM

Abhilash has reported that Thuriya tracks well and has shown to be a solid performer in the strong conditions since Lanzarote. A rip in the mainsail has stopped him using it and so it is likely that this may slow him down. Sail repairs this early in the race is a concern so hopefully he can effect a strong repair that will last through the Southern Ocean.

July 11th 2018 12:00 AM

Abhilash continues to sail well in a boat that on paper is far from a performance machine. A testament to his sailing ability and experience. He is using his celestial navigation already searching for clear patches in the sky to get a sight. Thuriya isn’t just a novelty replica entry. She and Abhilash could thrive.

July 6th 2018 12:00 AM

ability of a Suhaili replica

Any doubts about the ability of a Suhaili replica to keep up with the fleet have been dispelled ,with Abhilash sailing a great race. Some problems with his texting unit haven’t stopped him making his daily reports.

April 5th 2018 12:00 AM

Having completed initial sail and jury rig trials of his Suhaili replica yacht Thuriya, Indian entrant Abhilash Tomy had her shipped by road to Kochi at the end of March and loaded on a ship bound for Rotterdam. Tomy expects to have her relaunched and sailing in Holland by the end of April and plans to base his final preparations there.

August 7th 2017 12:00 AM

Launch of Thuriya from the Aquarius shipyard, Goa, India

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