Indian All-Women Crew Makes History Circumnavigating The Globe
Six women. 254 days. 21,600 nautical miles. INS Tarini was welcomed in Goa after it was flagged off from here on 10th September 2017. On board were 6 women who created history by becoming the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew, the Navy said. This is no mean feat, and the crew were subjected to extreme weather conditions from storms to sub-zero temperatures and much more.
The expedition named ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ started in September last year. At the helm was Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi leading her team of five naval officers, including Pratibha Jamwal, Aishwarya Boddapati, Patarapalli Swathi, Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta.
“The crew covered 21,600 nautical miles in the Indian-built sailing vessel INSV Tarini that visited five countries and crossed the Equator twice. It sailed across four continents and three oceans, and passed south of the three Great Capes – Leeuwin, Horn and Good Hope,” a Navy spokesperson said.