In November, the Bayanat Team visited the Cape of Good Hope, rightfully once named the Cape of Storms. Prevailing winds and strong South-Eastern blows are only some of the dangers a skipper can encounter, making it a tough sailing ground with a narrow window to make it through safely.
Abhilash Tomy safely made it through with his boat, Bayanat, with only a hatch leak and other minor issues following a strenuous week at sea. Team members and experts from CairnUAS, facilitated by the Bayanat Team, made sure to capture the historic moment with drone and camera footage and ensure Abhilash’s spirits were kept high.
For two hours, the team followed him side by side and delivered messages from Hasan Al Hosani, amongst others. During his weekly SoundCloud recording, Abhilash delivered a special message back to Al Hosani and stated: “My friend, Hasan, I want to deliver a massive congratulations on the IPO listing of Bayanat. You and your team have done phenomenally well, and I am inspired because of all of you.”
Abhilash Tomy perseveres with grit and determination coupled with master seamanship skills as he predicts to sail through calmer conditions. His resilience is inspiring, and with minimal communication from the outside world, he is recognized for his humility and appreciation of his family, friends, fans and team members for their unconditional support.
In December 2022, the Bayanat Team travelled all the way to Hobart in Tasmania to meet Cdr. Abhilash Tomy as he passed through the second of the GGR photo gates.
Utilising Bayanat’s proprietary GGR dashboard, the team were able to predict the timing of Abhilash’s arrival in advance, and sail out to meet him accordingly. With the support of a local drone imagery provider, the team captured some epic footage of Abhilash and the Bayanat boat as he navigated the unusually calm waters of the Tasman Sea section of the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
After struggling with low winds for 24 hours mere kilometers from the gate, Abhilash was finally able to pass the check point on December 27th. After making minor repairs to the boat including waterproofing of the cabin, and after getting some much needed rest, Abhilash continued on with the race on December 28th, whilst maintaining 3rd position overall.
Race chairman, Don McIntyre has confirmed that the film drop at Punta del Este near Monevideo in Uruguay has been cancelled, making the next stop the finish line in Les Sables dÓlonne. Fair winds Abhilash!