INSV Tarini with its team of six women officers arrived at Fremantle
Australia after sailing for 43 days to complete the first leg of the Navika
Sagar Parikrama expedition, the first-ever attempt by an all-woman Indian team
of the Navy to circumnavigate the globe.
The crew is covering 21,600 nautical miles around the world in eight months
and will return to Verem, Goa from where they cast off. The 17-metre yacht,
INSV Tarini has been built in Goa at Divar by Aquarius Shipyard. The
circumnavigation will be covered in five legs, with four stopovers at Fremantle
(Australia), Lyttelton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falkland Islands) and Cape
Town (South Africa).
The six women have been trained in repairing onboard equipment,
communication, weather prediction and ocean navigation.
The crew which is led by skipper Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi
includes Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Commander Swathi P.,
Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Sh Vijaya Devi and Lieutenant Payal