Solo yachtie bound for Cape Horn

16:00, Dec 13 2009

Indian naval commander Dilip Donde began the third leg of his around-the-world journey on Saturday, sailing from Lyttelton escorted by the Sea Cadet Corps.

Donde is the first Indian to attempt to sail around the world solo after answering a call from the Indian Navy.

He arrived in Lyttelton on November 21 after encountering a storm on his trip from Fremantle in Western Australia. A sail was shredded and his steering broke in nine-metre swells and 55-knot gusts.

During his break in Lyttelton, he said he was enjoying his journey.

Donde was farewelled by Christchurch's Indian community and escorted out of the harbour by three Sea Cadet Corps boats.

He planned to sail around Cape Horn, at the base of South America, before taking another break in Stanley in the Falkland Islands.

He left Mumbai on August 19 and expected to arrive back on May 25.

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