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
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: