Cape Horn (Chile), January 19: On 19th January, 2018 the first all-women crew of Indian Navy successfully crossed the notoriously rough Drake Passage, and rounded Cape Horn off the Southern tip of South America, often called the Mount Everest of sailing.
Congratulating the team, the Prime Minister tweeted, “Wonderful news! Delighted that INSV Tarini has rounded Cape Horn in the last few hours. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments.”
The six-member crew of Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini, was flagged-off from Goa on 10th September last year by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The team led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, was trained in the Ocean Sailing Node at Goa. They are also involved in the collection of meteorological, ocean and wave data as well as monitoring marine pollution during the course of their journey.
The four scheduled stop points of the five-leg expedition are: Fremantle in Australia, Lyttelton, Port Stanley and Cape Town. The 56-foot vessel reached Lyttelton in New Zealand early last month after their first stop in Australia. Titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, the expedition is in line with the national policy to empower women to attain their full potential and aims to showcase ‘Nari Shakti’ on a global platform. They are expected to return to Goa in April, 2018.