The Indian Navy sailboat, INSV Tarini arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on March 3, 2018 after completing the third leg of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe.
INSV Tarini arrived in Cape Town after departing Port Stanley, Falkland Islands on Feb. 4. The vessel crossed the Equator on 25 September 17, Cape Leeuwin on 09 November 17 and Cape Horn on 18 January 18.
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 indigenously-built INSV Tarini is a 56-foot sailing vessel, which was inducted in the Indian Navy last year, and showcases the ‘Make in India’ initiative on the International forum.
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Nirmala Sitharaman, Indian Minister of Defence, had flagged-off INSV Tarini for global circumnavigation expedition from Goa on 10 September 17.
According to the statement from Indian Ministry of Defence, the expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, is conducted to empower women to attain their full potential. “It also aims to showcase ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power) on the world platform and help revolutionise societal attitudes and mindset towards women in India by raising visibility of their participation in challenging environs”, the statement added.
The vessel would return to Goa in April 2018, on completion of the voyage. The expedition is being covered in five legs, with stop-overs at 4 ports: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa). Presently, the vessel has covered four of the five legs of the voyage.
The crew has also 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 would interact extensively with the local populace, especially children, during the port halt to promote Ocean sailing and the spirit of adventure.