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Flagging-in ceremony of INSV Tarini to be held on May 21 in Goa

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: May 18 2018 12:39PM
Flagging-in ceremony of INSV Tarini to be held on May 21 in Goa
By Shri Ram Shaw Panaji/New Delhi, May 18 (HS): INSV Tarini shall be flagged-in at Goa (Naval Jetty, INS Mandovi Boat Pool, Verem, Goa) by Raksha Mantri, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday (May 21). The ceremony will take place at 4:15 PM A team of six women officers of the Indian Navy set out to circumnavigate the globe on an Indian-built sail boat INSV Tarini. The expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, is aimed at promoting women empowerment aligned with the Government of India’s thrust for ‘Nari Shakti’. It also aims 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 Raksha Mantri, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, flagged-off Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini (INSV Tarini) with an all women crew from INS Mandovi boat pool, Goa on 10 September 2017. Tarini is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta. The expedition was sailed in six legs, with stop-overs at five ports namely Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mauritius. INSV Tarini has sailed over 21600Nm, visited five Countries, sailed across four Continents, three Oceans, passed South of three Capes and crossed the Equator twice over the last eight months of her sailing since she left Goa. Before starting their voyage the crew met up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and explained the details of their voyage. To prepare for their voyage, the crew trained for an initial year under Capt Dilip Donde, India''s first solo circumnavigator who retired in Dec 2016. 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. 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. Team Tarini sailed for nearly 20,000 nautical miles on board INSV Mhadei and INSV Tarini as part of their training. The expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, is in consonance with the National policy to empower women to attain their full potential. It also aims to help discard the societal attitudes and mind-set towards women in India by raising visibility of their participation in challenging environment. Sailing encourages the use of environment friendly non-conventional renewable energy resources and this expedition therefore aims at harnessing the renewable energy. The circumnavigation under sail was a gruelling test of human endurance and perseverance and an ultimate test of sailing skills to battle the elements of sea and it’s wrath. Team Tarini were tested for their grit, perseverance and sailing abilities in the middle of the Pacific Ocean which saw winds up to 60 kts. The moderate to rough sea conditions with sea states up to five, winds gusting to 35-40 kts and swell as high as six meters was a matter of routine, for the crew who had to put in their best and remain cautious and conservative to prevent any breakage or damage. As part of their visits to various countries Team Tarini called on various VVIP’s which included Governors, High Commissioners, Counsel Generals, Mayors etc and interacted with their Defence Forces including the local populace, especially children, to promote ocean sailing and the spirit of adventure. During the Navika Sagar Parikrama INSV Tarini, with its team of six women officers, crossed the Equator twice on 25 September and 06 May, sailed past the longitude of Cape Leeuwin on 10 November, 2017 - the first of the three ''Great Capes'' that are required to be rounded to qualify as a circumnavigation. The sailing vessel crossed the other two Capes namely ''Cape Horn'' on 18 January and ''Cape of Good Hope'' on 20 March, 2018 and the International Date Line on 15 December, 2017. The sailing vessel INSV Tarini covered a distance of more than 21600Nm, visited five countries, sailed across four Continents, three Oceans, and passed the South of three Capes during the 8 months that she was away from her base port – Goa on her voyage for the Navika Sagar Parikrama. The expedition is the first all-women naval team to circumnavigate the globe on a sail boat and the team will etch their names in history upon the successful completion of the voyage in Goa on May 21 in Goa. Hindusthan Samachar/Shri Ram Shaw
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