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All-women Indian vessel INSV Tarini creates history, circumnavigates the world

229   //    22 May 2018, 13:20 IST

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The crew of INSV Tarin (Image: Twitter)

What's the story?

An Indian naval sailing vessel by the name of INSV Tarini returned home after circumnavigating the world. The crew was entirely made up of women and became the first Indian crew to go around the world.

In case you didn't know...

Certain criteria's need to be met for a voyage to be classified under circumnavigating. Firstly, the sailing vessel needs to cross the equator twice. Secondly, the same vessel needs to cross all the Longitudes. Finally, the vessel needs to cross the three great capes- Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin, and Cape Horn.

Heart of the matter

The crew of INSV Tarini became the first Indian all-women crew to circumnavigate the world as they sailed into Goa.

The crew was led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and consisted of Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P. Swathi, and Lieutenants S. Vijaya Devi, B. Aishwarya, and Payal Gupta.

This was the first ever voyage across the globe by an all-women Indian crew as they travelled twenty-two thousand nautical miles, covering five countries: Australia, New Zealand, Falkland Islands, South Africa, and Mauritius.

Lt Commander Vartika Joshi, who led the vessel expressed her delight on return, "We knew at the very start of this voyage that we had a daunting task ahead. However, the many challenges we encountered brought in a new found strength from within, which we ourselves never knew we were capable of. Our close bonding helped us overcome those difficult times."

What's next?

What these ladies have done is of monumental nature. To circumnavigate the world is a big achievement in itself. As a result, the Prime Minister himself will be meeting with the crew in New Delhi.

Author's take

The crew of INSV Tarini has once again set an example of excellence. To circumnavigate the world is a big and a dangerous task. To do so in just eight months is commendable as well. As a result, what the ladies have achieved is impressive and will no doubt inspire future generations to come.

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