Making history on Friday, 2 March, the first Indian all-women circumnavigation of the globe made its final port docking in Cape Town.

The boat was set down outside of the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront, rounding up a 187-day voyage. The trip started on 10 September 2017 from Goa, India, and was flagged by Nirmala Sitharaman, India's Defence Minister.

The crew docked in Cape Town on the same day as the 2018 Hindi Holi festival, making this final port of call one to remember and ferociously celebrate.

The crew consisted of six Indian Navy women who have trained and put in the work to make this historic moment possible: Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) Vartika Joshi, Lt Cdr Pratibha Jamwal, Lt Cdr Swathi P, Lt Aishwarya Boddapati, Lt Sh Vijaya Devi and Lt Payal Gupta. They had set out on a circumnavigation visiting several places to complete this trying voyage.

In its circumnavigation, the boat has visited Freemantle, Australia; Lyttelton, New Zealand; Port Stanley, Falklands; and Cape Town. According to the press release from the Consulate General of India, Cape Town, for a sail boat's voyage to qualify as circumnavigation it has to start and finish at the same port.

The sailing crew aboard the INSV Tarini were welcomed by Mayor Patricia de Lille as well as the Indian high Commissioner to South Africa and the Indian Consul General for India in Cape Town.

The Mayor said the women's achievement showed women could achieve anything they wanted with hard work.

In total, the Indian crew will cover a distance of 21 600 nautical miles and do it without any engine for propulsion. V Source: www.traveller24.com