India's first all-women crew circumnavigation expedition named as Navika Sagar Parikrama was flagged off by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Goa.
The crew is associated to Indian Navy is sailing Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini (INSV Tarini). It will eventually circumnavigate globe in approximately 165 days is expected revisit Goa in April 2018.
The expedition shall be covered in five legs, with stop-overs at 4 ports viz. Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands) and Cape Town (South Africa) for replenishment of ration and repairs as necessary.
The 6 member crew: Lt Cdr Vartika Joshi and Lt Payal Gupta from Uttarakhand, Lt Cdr P Swathi (Andhra Pradesh), Lt Cdr Pratibha Jamwal (Himachal Pradesh), Lt Aishwarya Boddapati (Telangana) and Lt Shourgrakpam Vijaya Devi (Manipur).
Women Empowerment: It really has been named Navika Sagar Parikrama in consonance with National policy to empower women to realize their full potential. It may help to discard societal attitudes and mindset towards women in India by raising visibility of their participation in challenging environment.
Environment Friendly: The expedition also aims at harnessing electricity as sailing encourages consumption of environment friendly non-conventional electricity resources. Throughout their voyage, the crew will collect increase Ocean/Meteorological/Wave data on regular basis for accurate weather forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD) and subsequent analysis by R&D organisations. It'll likewise monitor and report marine pollution on high seas.
INSV Tarini is known as a 55-foot sailing vessel, built indigenously by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd, Goa. It had been inducted in Indian Navy in February 2017. Its mast is 25 metres and allows been custom-built by M/s Southern Spars, Cape Town (South Africa), for sailing in extreme conditions.
It features a suite of six sails, including a principal sail, head sails (Genoa and turn into sails), downwind sails and storm sail. There are Raymarine navigation suite and range of satellite communication systems on board. It will be sister vessel of INSV Mhadei this was used by Captain (Retd) Dilip Donde to successfully undertake India's first solo circumnavigation in 2009.