Nurse-turned-entrepreneur James Mathew, the owner of the stall located near Panambalam at Arppookara, narrates the tale that began more than 10 years ago.
Abhilash Tomy is the first Indian and Asian to complete the Golden Globe race.
The Kochi-native leads the two remaining participants as the punishing solo ocean race closes in on the finish line.
British sailor Ian Herbert-Jones, who was dismasted and injured in a major storm in the South Atlanti on Monday, has been rescued.
Abhilash is about 5,870 kms [3,170 nautical miles) away from Les Sables d'Olonne, the finishing point located in Western France.
He has closed the gap with Kirsten Neuschafer, the woman sailor from South Africa who leads the race, by about 640 kms (345.572 nautical miles).
Abhilash now needs to cover a distance of 5,638 nautical miles (approximately 10,148 kilometres) to reach the finishing line. The South African is ahead of Abhilash by 381 nautical miles (around 685 kilometres).
With this, he came the second of the four sailors who are in the title contention to go round the Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet.
The race is a non-stop, solo yacht race around the globe, without using modern technology and with no other assistance.
The former Indian Navy officer is making a fresh attempt at completing the daunting 30,000-mile race, which he was forced to quit after sustaining serious spinal injury.