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The First Indian

The First Indian Solo Circumnavigation Under Sail. Making Waves 2

By (author) Dilip Donde
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Fernhurst Books Limited, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Published: 5th Apr 2016
Dimensions: w 128mm h 197mm d 23mm
Weight: 290g
ISBN-10: 1909911496
ISBN-13: 9781909911499
Barcode No: 9781909911499
An engrossing narrative of one man's struggle to achieve his dream against all odds, this is both a fast-paced adventure and a telling commentary on how heroes are often made despite the system they operate in, by dint of sheer perseverance and commitment to a chosen path. Above all, it's a paean to the power of self-belief that serves to inspire, motivate and exhilarate. On 19 May 2010, as he sailed INSV Mhadei into Mumbai harbour, Commander Dilip Donde earned his place in India's maritime history by becoming the first Indian to complete a solo circumnavigation under sail, south of the 3 Great Capes. The feat, successfully completed by just over 200 people in the world, had never been attempted in his country before. In his own words, the book chronicles his progress over four years, from building a suitable boat with an Indian boat-builder; weaving his way through the 'sea-blind' and often quixotic bureaucracy; and training himself with no precedent or knowledge base in the country, to finally sailing solo around the world. During this gruelling task he was mentored by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world.

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"The First Indian launches you into 'Sagar Parikrama', a five-year mission that built the Mhadei from scratch in India and primed it for the conquest of the 'Everest of the Seas', her skipper Commander Dilip Donde's incredible voyage around the world. His account of the voyage is riveting and unputdownable. This nautical page turner drips with old-school man-versus-the-elements adventure." - Sandeep Unnithan, Deputy Editor, India Today. "With so many odds stacked against him, Dilip Donde's achievement is an inspiration to anyone attempting an expedition. There are many life lessons in this candid book, but what stands out most is that besides grit, determination and strength, what one really needs to go through any pioneering journey is patience, a sense of humour and a dedicated team of supporters." - Niloufer Venkatraman, Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic Magazine India, National Geographic Traveller India."A riveting tale of enduring conviction and grit. Cdr Donde's evocative rendering of his intrepid path breaking voyage has the reader vicariously live through the whole experience in its measured advance, unforeseen intricacies and iridescent afterglow. The maverick seafarer, who survived bureaucratic lulls on land and daunting gales at sea, is equally adroit at telling tales." - S Anandan, Special Correspondent, The Hindu. "Cdr Donde's wry wit makes you forget just how daunting the experiences described in this book must have been. Such tales of courage and pioneering adventure are rare in our times, when there are few firsts left. For an Indian to accomplish this, given the many constraints, is even more extraordinary." - Sukhwant Basra, National Sports Editor, Hindustan Times."A solo sailor is solo, cut off from the world and outside assistance and dependent upon their own character and resourcefulness. This book is a tribute to Dilip's determination to achieve the objective and become the first Indian to ever sail solo around the planet." - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. "A voyage which Commander Donde tackled with adventurous and infectious enthusiasm" (Flying Fish).