Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand’s most famous sailor, competed in the first 5 Whitbread Round…
Captain Dilip Donde was the first Indian to complete a solo, circumnavigation under sail. The voyage was the first of the Indian Navy’s project Sagar Parikrama programme to encourage adventurous sailing both solo and multi-crewed.
Capt. Donde took 4 years to build his yacht and train for the voyage. started his circumnavigation from Mumbai on 19 August 2009 and during the nine-month-long circumnavigation via four ports was at sea for 157 days.
Dilip Donde went on to manage Lt Cdr Abhilash Tomy’s first solo non-stop circumnavigation in 2012/13 and his participation in the 2018 Golden Globe Race.
Donde subsequently trained several young naval officers, most recently the all women naval team that completed a fully crewed circumnavigation Navika Sagar Parikrama in 2017/18
Youtub acceptance speech – Dilip Donde
wikipedia link – Dilip Donde