The Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini which is currently on a
voyage by all women crew to circumnavigate the world left the New Zealand port
Lyttelton at dawn on December 12 for its onward journey to Port Stanley
INSV Tarini had arrived at Lyttelton on November 29 after completion of
second leg of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe.
This historic circumnavigation attempt by an all-women crew is being led 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 crew of INSV Tarini was officially welcomed to Lyttelton by Mr Andrew
Turner, Deputy Mayor of Christchurch on arrival at the port. The crew was also welcomed in the traditional
Maori culture by members of the community.
The member of New Zealand Parliament from Christchurch Central, Mr Duncan
Webb also visited the vessel to welcome the crew. The crew had several
engagements during its two week long stay in Lyttelton, including call-on
meeting with Mayor of City of Christchurch, Ms Lianne Dalziel. The National
Council of Women of New Zealand also hosted the crew for an interaction.
INSV Tarini crew had an opportunity to interact with a wide range of
stakeholders during the welcome reception hosted by the Indian High Commission
on November 30, which was attended by about 100 distinguished guests, including
members of Parliament, state officials, businessmen, academicians, leaders from
Indian community and media persons.
INSV Tarini was open to visitors at
Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) on December 3. Nearly 200 visitors, from
all walks, visited the vessel and interacted with the crew. The crew was also
welcomed by the city of Christchurch during the traditional festive march,
known as the 'Santa Parade'. More than 200 school children attended a
presentation and interaction session with the crew at Prebbleton School on
The crew also visited the Naval Point Yacht Club, Canterbury and Ara
Institute, NZ where a presentation on 'Navika Sagar Parikrama' was given to the
audience. The crew visited the traditional Maori cultural centre, 'Rehua Marae'
during the port stay. The crew also had a trip to few tourist places near
Christchurch, including Hanmer hot springs and the French harbour, Akaroa.