Indian Navy’s sailboat INSV Tarini, led by all-women crew, reached Cape Town, South Africa as part of Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition. This stop is last phase of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate globe before it depart Cape Town and return to Goa in April 2018, on completion of the voyage.
So far the vessel has covered 1,75,00 nautical miles from its start in Goa in September 2017. The expedition was covered all five legs, with stop-overs at Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands-UK), and Cape Town (South Africa). The vessel has passed through Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans so far.
This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The vessel is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.
The Indian Navy’s second ocean going sailboat, INSV Tarini entered Cape Town in South Africa today during it’s maiden voyage to circumnavigate the world. This is actually the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women team.
Journey of INSV Tarini
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had flagged off INSV Tarini from Goa on 10th Sept last year. The vessel has protected 17500 Nautical miles from Goa till 19th January this year. Presently, the vessel has covered four of the five legs of the voyage and entered the last port at Cape Town. It would return to Goa next month on completion of the voyage.
The expedition titled Navika Sagar Parikrama, is in consonance with the national policy to empower women to attain their full potential. It also aims to showcase ‘Nari Shakti’ on the world platform and help in transforming societal attitudes and attitude towards women in India by raising visibility of their participation in challenging environs.
The indigenously-built INSV Tarini is a 56-foot sailing vessel, which was inducted in the Indian Navy this past year, and showcases the ‘Make in India’ initiative on the International forum.
An all-women staff leading the Indian Navy Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini today docked at a port in Cape Town in South Africa, during the last phase of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the world, the Navy said.
The expedition is being covered in five legs, with stop-overs at Fremantle in Australia, Lyttleton in New Zealand, Port Stanley in Falklands, and Cape Town in South Africa.
After reaching Cape Town, the vessel has covered the first four legs of its voyage.
The vessel’s passage through the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans so far, has witnessed winds in excess of 60 knots and waves up to 7 metres high.
This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew.
Navika Sagar Parikrama
Nirmala Sitharaman, Indian Minister of Defence, had flagged-off INSV Tarini for global circumnavigation expedition from Goa on 10 Sept 17.
According to the statement from Indian Ministry of Defence, the expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, is conducted to empower women to realize their full potential. “In addition, it aims to display ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power) on the world system and help revolutionise societal attitudes and mentality towards ladies in India by increasing presence of their involvement in challenging environs”, the declaration added.
The vessel would go back to Goa in April 2018, on completion of the voyage. The expedition has been covered in five legs, with stop-overs at 4 ports: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa). Currently, the vessel has protected four of the five legs of the voyage.
The crew in addition has been collecting and updating meteorological, ocean and wave data on a regular basis for accurate weather forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD), as also monitoring marine pollution on the high seas. They might interact extensively with the local populace, especially children, during the slot halt to promote Sea sailing and the nature of adventure.