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Athletes & Explorers

Sep 25, 2018

Indian Sailor Abhilash Tomy Rescued After Severe Injury During Solo Around The World Golden Globe Race

Abhilash Tomy, the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe solo, has been rescued by a French fishing vessel after his yacht dismasted in severe storms, leaving him badly injured.

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Brooke Hess

A severe storm in the Indian Ocean has affected several participants in the Golden Globe Race. 14-meter high waves destroyed the mast of Abhilash Tomy’s yacht, Thuriya, and left him immobilized with severe injuries.

Rescue efforts commenced on Saturday when Tomy sent out satellite text messages, “Can’t walk. Might need stretcher.” As well as, “Can move toes. Feel numb. Can’t eat or drink. Tough 2 reach grab bag.”

A multi-national rescue mission was coordinated, including rescue efforts from Australia, India, and France. The French fishing vessel, Osiris, reached Tomy first, approximately 3,300km from Perth, Australia. “He is conscious and safe. Rescue efforts were delayed because of 8-to-10-meter-high waves and heavy winds,” a spokesperson for the Indian Navy said. Tomy was rescued from his yacht on a stretcher, and is now being transferred to Mauritius, where he will receive further medical attention.

The Golden Globe Race is a non-stop, around-the-world, sailing race, where competitors are limited to sailing without modern technology or satellite navigation aids. The race started on July 1st, 2018, and is expected to take the winning yacht around 260 days to complete.

PPL Photo Agency – Copyright free for editorial use only. Photo Credit: Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR ***2018 Golden Globe Race. Commander Abhilash Tomy his Suhaili replica yacht THURIYA , photographed off Lanzarote, Canaries during the compulsory film drop off Marina Rubicon on 16th June 2018. The yacht was rolled and dismasted in the South Indian Ocean (1,900 miles SW of Perth, Australia) on 21st September and a full rescue organised by the Australian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Canberra to repatriate the inured solo sailor.

In 2013, Abhilash Tomy became the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe solo. His name appears on the Joshua Slocum Society International, a list honoring long-distance sailors for impressive solo sea voyages.

Tomy is one of 18 competitors who entered the 2018 Golden Globe Race. He was sitting in 3rd place before the storm hit and rolled his yacht 360 degrees, dismantling the mast and leaving him injured.

Photo Credit: Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR ***2018 Golden Globe Race. Commander Abhilash Tomy his Suhaili replica yacht THURIYA , photographed off Lanzarote, Canaries during the compulsory film drop off Marina Rubicon on 16th June 2018. The yacht was rolled and dismasted in the South Indian Ocean (1,900 miles SW of Perth, Australia) on 21st September and a full rescue organised by the Australian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Canberra to repatriate the inured solo sailor.

Read more about Abhilash Tomy here:
https://www.outdoorjournal.com/focus-2/indian-sails-across-world-alone-enters-the-record-books/

Cover photo: PPL Photo Agency – Copyright free for editorial use only
Photo Credit: Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR
***2018 Golden Globe Race. Commander Abhilash Tomy his Suhaili replica yacht THURIYA , photographed off Lanzarote, Canaries during the compulsory film drop off Marina Rubicon on 16th June 2018.
The yacht was rolled and dismasted in the South Indian Ocean (1,900 miles SW of Perth, Australia) on 21st September and a full rescue organised by the Australian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Canberra to repatriate the inured solo sailor.

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Athletes & Explorers

Dec 05, 2018

Stephanie Gilmore’s 7th WSL World Title and a Wave of Attention that is Bigger than the Men’s

Three months after announcing equal pay for men and women, the World Surf League celebrates Stephanie Gilmore’s 7th World Title.

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Brooke Hess

On September 5th, 2018, the World Surf League announced plans for equal pay in men and women’s surf competitions in the 2019 season. This announcement was a huge step forward, not only for women’s surfing, but for women’s sport in general. The WSL had set the standard for equal pay in athletics.

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) the WINNER of the 2018 Corona Open J-Bay at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. Gilmore now wears the Jeep Leader Jersey after beating Lakey Peterson (USA) in the Final and takes over the Yellow Jersey from Peterson (USA). Photo: World Surf League.

This past year, the WSL had received negative feedback after a photo went viral of the Billabong Ballito Pro Junior Series male champion being paid twice as much as the female champion. Most social media users were upset with the pay disparity at the event, commenting on the photo as “blatant inequality” and “archaic discrimination”. However, some social media users argued in favor of the unequal payout. They argued that men’s athletics are viewed in the media more than women’s athletics, therefore bringing in more revenue, and justifying the pay disparity. A social media user commented on the Billabong Junior Series surf photo saying, “Surfing, like most sports is a predominantly male sport. More people watch the men’s surfing, more men surf than women.”

THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG?

Many people would ask, do more people watch men’s surfing because it is actually more interesting? Or, do more people watch men’s surfing because that is what the media has always streamed, and thus, audiences are more accustomed to watching the men’s style as opposed to the women’s? Valeria Perasso at BBC News puts it well, “audiences will not get excited about women’s sport as it gets minimal exposure in the media, and the media would justify the lack of coverage by saying that female athletics do not generate enough audience engagement.” The same is true with other sports as well. Managing Director of the Women on Boards advocacy group, Fiona Hathorn, says, “Had our culture been used to seeing women rather than men playing rugby or football for generations, we would find the idea of men playing sports rather novel.”

NO LONGER A RELEVANT QUESTION?

If you head over to Google, use their News Search and type in “WSL Surf World Championship”, “2018 Surfing World Championship”, “Surf World Title WSL”, or anything along those lines, an article on Stephanie Gilmore and her 7th world title will be the first article to pop up. Every time. This means, not only are women now starting to get the pay they rightly deserve, but they are starting to get the media attention that goes along with it.

It was just last week, that Stephanie Gilmore won her 7th world championship title, proving to the world that women’s surfing deserves just as much attention, respect, and prize money as men’s surfing. She is now tied with Layne Beachley for the women’s world record of most surfing world titles.

With all this being said about the inequality between women’s and men’s athletics, the second half of 2018 has been a major year for progression of equality in women’s surfing. Women are now getting paid the same as men, and with Gilmore’s 7th world title win, she is also getting the same media attention as the men.

Hats off to Sophie Goldschmidt, the World Surf League’s new (and first female) CEO for pushing for equality!

Cover Photo: World Surf League

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