The latest INSV Tarini update has added to the excitement that is being generated as the sailboat heads back home to India. The all-woman crew successfully manoeuvred it across the Equator into the Northern Hemisphere on Sunday evening, the second time it has crossed it since leaving Goa in September last year.
An update by the Indian Navy said that it was 1,012 nautical miles from Goa at 6 am on Monday morning.
#NavikaSagarParikrama Position of #INSVTarini at 0600h this morning. Distance to Goa is 1012 Nm. She crossed the Equator (into N Hemisphere) last evening at 2008h to mark yet another milestone @nsitharaman @SpokespersonMoD @DefenceMinIndia @adgpi @IAF_MCC @PMOIndia @DrSubhashMoS pic.twitter.com/gCQaAvaN8V
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) May 7, 2018
A cake showing the equator running through South America, Atlantic Ocean, Africa, and the Indian Ocean summed up the emotions on board the INSV Tarini.
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) May 6, 2018
The six-member all-woman crew is on the verge of creating history by becoming the first Indian women to complete a circumnavigation of the globe as part of the mission named Navika Sagar Parikrama.
In a Facebook post, the Indian Navy said that by crossing the Equator for the second time on the voyage, it had completed all the major criteria of the circumnavigation, namely crossing the Equator twice, crossing Cape Leeuwin, Cape Horn and Cape of Good Hope.
Last month, the INSV Tarini had been forced to make an unscheduled stop at Port Louis in Mauritius for urgent repairs to its steering system.
— Pratibha Jamwal (@PratibhaJamwal1) April 22, 2018
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) April 26, 2018
Its last scheduled port of call was Cape Town in South Africa. The crew members of INSV Tarini had time their arrival such that they celebrated Holi there. India’s High Commissioner to South Africa Ruchira Kamboj was among those who welcomed the all-woman crew.
Here is an INSV Tarini update after Holi.
— Ruchira Kamboj (@RuchiraKamboj) March 2, 2018
It left Cape Town on 14 March.
INSV Tarini Update In Pics
Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi is the skipper of INSV Tarini. The other crew members are Pratibha Jamwal and P Swathi, both Lieutenant Commanders, and S Vijaya Devi, Payal Gupta, and Aishwarya Bodapati, all Lieutenants.
The crew members have been sharing some interesting images capturing their journey on micro-blogging site Twitter. Here is one from Lt Commander Pratibha Jamwal.
— Pratibha Jamwal (@PratibhaJamwal1) May 3, 2018
This post from another crew member, Lt Aishwarya Boddapati captures a rainbow in all its beauty.
— Aishwarya Boddapati (@ishu1407) May 3, 2018
Here are some more.
— Pratibha Jamwal (@PratibhaJamwal1) April 3, 2018
— Pratibha Jamwal (@PratibhaJamwal1) February 9, 2018
— Aishwarya Boddapati (@ishu1407) April 29, 2018
INSV Tarini had left Goa on 10 September 2017 and had four ports of call as part of its itinerary: Fremantle in Australia, Lytttleton in New Zealand, Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, and Cape Town in South Africa.
In January, it crossed the Cape of Good Horn, described as the roughest stretch of water on earth.
The first time a solo circumnavigation was attempted and successfully completed by an Indian was in 2009-10. The feat was accomplished by Commander Dilip Donde, SC (Retd) from August 19, 2009 to May 19, 2010 on the INSV Mhadei.