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All women crew Indian Naval sailing vessel Tarini set to sail around the globe

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1.   INS Tarini was built in Goa for Indian Navy by Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Its hull is made of wooden core fibre glass construction. Its 25 m tall mast is custom built by Southern Spars, Cape Town. The first Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe expedition will be attempted onboard Tarini.  

2.  The all women crew comprises of Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi (Skipper) Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Patarapalli Swathi, Lieutenant S. Vijaya Devi and Lieutenant Payal Gupta. The crew has been extensively trained over the past two years by the Indian Navy and have clocked over 10,000 nautical miles onboard  INSV Mhadei, including a voyage from India to Mauritius and Cape Town braving the rough seas and high winds.  

3.   A voyage qualifies as circumnavigation if it starts and finishes at the same port, does not entail crossing a canal or strait, all meridians are crossed at least once and the distance covered is more than 21,600 nautical miles. This maiden attempt by the Indian all women crew will be covered in five legs, with stopovers at four ports -- Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa).

4.  With the induction of Tarini, Indian Navy has four sailing vessels capable of open ocean deployments, that is, Tarangini, Sudarshini, Mhadei and Tarini, all of which have been built in shipyards in India. We look forward to receiving INSV Tarini and her six brave hearts at Cape Town in 2018.