Commander Dilip Dhonde,who was recently decorated with Shaurya Chakra for becoming the first Indian to undertake a solo circumnavigation of the globe urged cadets of the National Defence Academy (NDA),Khadakwasla,to be brave and take on challenges.
Elaborating on his experiences,Cdr Dhonde said he was proud and privileged to come as a guest to his alma mater. He completed his daunting 276-day voyage on Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Mhadei,as part of the Navy’s daunting Sagar Parikrama project,a press release issued by the NDA said.
The 42-year-old officer covered 21,600 nautical miles to achieve the milestone. The perils of the moody sea and the vagaries of the unpredictable weather in a lonely sailboat is indeed a challenge to the human spirit which Cdr Dhonde was able to overcome,the release said.
In his address,he said limitations exist only in the mind and given the right environment and tools,any challenge can be overcome. Dhonde said he owed his success to team work and coordination,which he learnt during his days as a cadet in the NDA. Dhonde,an NDA alumnus and trained diver in the Navy,volunteered for project Sagar Parikrama and also trained with the legendary Sir Robin Knox-Johnston,the first man to sail solo and non-stop round the world in 1968-69,said the release.