INSV Tarini, a sailing vessel of the Indian Navy, is set to return to India after completing a remarkable 17,000-nautical mile trans-ocean inter-continental voyage in seven months. The six-member crew, including two women officers, will be honoured at a ‘Flag in’ ceremony on May 23 at the Indian Naval Watermanship Training Centre in Goa.
The expedition, undertaken by Lt Cdr Dilna K and Lt Cdr Roopa A, saw them sail from Goa to Rio de Janeiro via Cape Town and back. This achievement highlights the empowerment of women and will be attended by notable guests, including Union Minister Smriti Irani and Chief Minister of Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawant.
The Indian Navy’s objective is to promote ocean sailing, and this expedition serves as a precursor to their upcoming project of sending a woman on a solo circumnavigation of the globe. The INSV Tarini voyage was conducted under the Indian Naval Sailing Association’s supervision.