On September 10, 2017, a brave expedition commenced. An all-women crew of the Indian Navy set to sail the world onboard INSV Tarini, which was built at a shipyard in Goa.
This ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ is the first-ever voyage of its kind and India is set to make history, led by Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi. Other crew members are Lt. Commanders S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya, Payal Gupta, P Swathi and Pratibha Jamwal.
According to The Indian Express, the crew underwent two years of specialised training before departing. The training was in the fields of medicine, astronomy, meteorology, reading weather maps and certain skills for ocean sailing.
The spokesperson of the Indian Navy had said, “There are no doctors, so they are their own psychologists, trainers, engineers, psycho-counsellors and cooks. They have nobody except themselves and they are trained in that manner.”
While talking to the Indian Express, Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi talked about their challenge when they approached Cape Horn., “The waves kept coming one after the other. It was bad and we had not seen something like this before. We cut down our sail. We had to hand steer the boat for 16-17 hours at stretch and we cut down all our power sources and automatic steering. We divided ourselves to keep a watch, three on deck and three taking rest. During the night it would get disorienting as there was no clear sky. We used to listen to the sounds of the wave and then keep the boat steady.”
Crossing Cape Horn is one of the biggest challenges for those navigating on water, almost like how Mount Everest is for mountaineers.
This eight-month long cruise is a strong display of women power, showing that women can sail through the most difficult storms and emerge stronger. This sex-women crew has set an example that the world can take inspiration from.
They are expected to be welcomed back home by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, soon.
Here is their latest update:
Preview Photo: Facebook/INSV Tarini