Pune: Indian Naval sailing vessel Tarini, with an all-women crew completed a historic global circumnavigation voyage when they completed their journey at Goa on May 21 earlier this year.
INSV Tarini was skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and the crew comprised of Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta.
Post the formation of the Ocean Sailing Node in Goa in Aug 2016 the all-women crew training was undertaken in a systematic and a phased manner under the Officer-in-Charge, Ocean Sailing Node, Captain Atool Sinha, an Asian Games Silver medallist for nearly two years which included coastal passages from Vishakhapatnam to Goa via Chennai, Kochi and Karwar prior to undertaking voyages to Mauritius in 2016 and 2017, and a voyage from Goa to Cape Town.
During the 254 days long voyage with 194 days spent at sea, the vessel covered a distance of more than 21600Nm (about 40,000 Km), visiting five countries - Australia, New Zealand, Falkland Inlands (UK), South Africa and Mauritius.
The Navika Sagar Parikrama was flagged-off by the Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman on September 10. During the course of the voyage, the vessel crossed three oceans - the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean, the three great Capes - Cape Leeuwin, Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope and made two Equator crossings.
The expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, was aimed at promoting women empowerment aligned with the Government of India’s thrust for ‘Nari Shakti’. It also aimed to promote ocean sailing by the Indian Navy and inspire youth to develop a spirit of adventure. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew to circumnavigate the globe.
The Navika Sagar Parikrama team also participated in the Cape to Rio Race 2017 on-board INSV Mhadei as part of mixed crew Skippered by Captain Atool Sinha and perfected their skill of sailing through rough weather, under his tutelage.
“We knew at the very start of this voyage that we have a daunting task ahead. However, the many challenges encountered brought in a new-found strength within, which we ourselves knew we were capable of. Our close bonding and the training imparted to us helped us overcome those difficult times,” Lt Cdr Vartika Joshi said.