10 May, 2021

Cdr Dilip Donde

The first Indian sailor to circumnavigate the world solo on a sailboat

Cdr Dilip Donde

How would you describe your voyage?

Now that it has puts me in an exclusive club of 175 people in the world, it was very good!

What were the difficulties you encountered?

Bad weather, the kind you never get to see in Indian waters. The boat undergoes extensive punishment and the malfunctions need to be repaired. Every activity takes three times the energy and time since you’re playing it alone.

How did you beat the isolation?

I was not isolated for the entire journey. I made four stops. It was actually the least of my worries. I was so busy doing other things.

How was the food and water managed?

I had 600 litres of fresh water in my tank and a water maker—a reverse osmosis plant. I had a gas stove on board and a pressure cooker which I used in good weather.

Did you meet other solo sailors?

I met solo sailors from Australia, the Falkland Islands, and Cape Town. Some had gone around...

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