Navika Sagar Parikrama - Circumnavigating the globe on an Indian-built sail boat INSV Tarini by women naval officers

August 17, 2017 Photo(s): By PRO (Navy)

Navika Sagar Parikrama is a project wherein a team of women officers of the Indian Navy would circumnavigate the globe on an Indian-built sail boat INSV Tarini. This is the first ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The project is scheduled to commence in early Sep 17. INSV Tarini is the sister vessel of INSV Mhadei. The project is considered essential towards promoting Ocean Sailing activities in the Navy while depicting Government of India's thrust for 'Nari Shakti'.

The first Indian Solo circumnavigation was undertaken by Capt Dilip Donde, SC (Retd) from 19 Aug 09 to 19 May 10 onboard the Indian built vessel, INSV Mhadei. The first Indian non-stop solo circumnavigation was undertaken by Cdr Abhilash Tomy, KC from 01 Nov 12 to 31 Mar 13.

The crew of INSV Tarini comprises :-

S. No.  Rank, Name & No.  Home Town  State  Sailing Experience
1 Lt Cdr Vartika Joshi, 43077-A Rishikesh Uttarakhand The officer has sailed from Rio De Janeiro to Cape Town in 2014 and from Port Blair – Vizag – Chennai – Kochi onboard Mhadei. She skippered INSV Mhadei from Vizag to Goa in Feb 16, Goa to Mauritius and back from May to Jul 16 and from Goa to Cape Town in Dec 16. The officer also skippered INSV Tarini from Goa to Mauritius and back from May to Jul 17.
2 Lt Cdr Pratibha Jamwal, 07109-F Kullu Himanchal Pradesh The officer has sailed onboard Mhadei from Goa to Port Blair in 2014, Vizag to Goa in Feb 16, Goa to Mauritius and back from May to Jul 16 and from Goa to Cape Town in Dec 16. The officer also sailed onboard INSV Tarini from Goa to Mauritius and back from May to Jul 17.
3 Lt Cdr Swathi P, 07234-R Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh The officer has sailed onboard Mhadei from Cape Town to Goa in 2014, sailed from Vizag to Kochi in Feb 16, Goa to Mauritius and back from May to Jul 16 and from Goa to Cape Town in Dec 16. She also participated in the recently concluded Cape to Rio race 2017. The officer also sailed onboard INSV Tarini from Goa to Mauritius and back from May to Jul 17.
4 Lt Aishwarya Boddapati, 43151-W Hyderabad Telangana The officer has sailed onboard Mhadei from Vizag to Goa in Feb 16, Goa to Mauritius and back from May to Jul 16 and from Goa to Cape Town in Dec 16. The officer also sailed onboard INSV Tarini from Goa to Mauritius and back from May to Jul 17.
5 Lt Sh Vijaya Devi, 70712-H Moirang Kwakta Santhong Manipur The officer has sailed onboard Mhadei from Goa to Port Blair in 2014, Vizag to Goa in Feb 16, Goa to Mauritius and back from May to Jul 16 and from Goa to Cape Town in Dec 16. The officer also sailed onboard INSV Tarini from Goa to Mauritius and back from May to Jul 17.
6 Lt Payal Gupta, 70724-K Dehradun Uttrakhand The officer has sailed from Vizag to Goa onboard Mhadei in Feb 16, Goa to Mauritius and back from May to Jul 16 and from Goa to Cape Town in Dec 16. She also participated in the recently concluded Cape to Rio race 2017. The officer also sailed onboard INSV Tarini from Goa to Mauritius and back from May to Jul 17.

The all-women crew have trained extensively for the forthcoming voyage. They have sailed approximately 20,000 Nm onboard INSV Mhadei and Tarini as part of training, which includes two expeditions to Mauritius (in 2016 and 2017) and a voyage from Goa to Cape Town in Dec 16.

INSV Tarini, a 55 foot sailing vessel has been built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd, Goa. Tarini was inducted into the Indian Navy on 18 Feb 17. The vessel has sailed approximately 8,000 Nm till date. Navika Sagar Parikrama would be covered in five legs with stop-overs at four ports (same ports as Capt Dilip Donde) for replenishment of ration and repairs as necessary. Estimated dates for the legs are as follows:-

Ser  Leg Description  Cardinal Dates  Number of
Sailing Days
(a) Goa - Fremantle (Australia) 05 Sep 17 – 12 Oct 17 37
(b) Fremantle (Australia) - Lyttelton (New Zealand) 25 Oct 17 – 16 Nov 17 22
(c) Lyttelton (New Zealand) - Port Stanley (Falklands) 23 Nov 17 – 28 Dec 17 35
(d) Port Stanley (Falklands) - Cape Town (South Africa) 10 Jan 18 – 08 Feb 18 28
(e) Cape Town (South Africa) - Goa 21 Feb 18 – 04 Apr 18 42

The expedition has been aptly titled 'Navika Sagar Parikrama', aimed at promoting women empowerment in the country and ocean sailing by the Indian Navy. The expedition would inspire the youth of our nation to develop an understanding of the sea and instill a spirit of adventure and camaraderie.

Additional aims of the Expedition are as follows:-

  1. Nari Shakti. In consonance with the National policy to empower women to attain their full potential, the expedition aims to showcase 'Nari Shakti' on the world platform. This would also help to discard the societal attitudes and mindset towards women in India by raising visibility of participation by women in challenging environment.
  2. Environment and Climate Change. Sailing encourages the use of environment friendly non-conventional renewable energy resources which affects the life of women. The expedition thereby aims at harnessing the energy to optimise the livelihood of the women onboard.
  3. Make in India. The voyage also aims to show case the 'Make in India' initiative by sailing onboard the indigenously built INSV Tarini.
  4. Meteorological/ Ocean/ Wave Data Observation. The crew would also collate and update Meteorological/ Ocean/ Wave data on a daily basis for subsequent analysis by research and development organisations.
  5. Marine Pollution. The crew would monitor and report marine pollution on the high seas.
  6. Interaction with Local PIOs. Since the expedition aims to promote Ocean Sailing and the spirit of adventure, the crew would interact extensively with the local PIOs at the various port halts.

 

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS ON CIRCUMNAVIGATION

  1. Definition of Circumnavigation Under Sail
    • Start and finish in the same port
    • Sail a distance of 21600 nm
    • Sail south of the three Great Capes of the Southern Hemisphere
      • Cape Leeuwin, Australia
      • Cape Horn, Chile
      • Cape of Good Hope, Argentina
    • Cross all longitudes in the same direction
    • Cross the equator twice
    • Not use any canals, not use the engine for propulsion
  2. History of Circumnavigation
    • First Circumnavigation of the earth – Magellan’s expedition from Spain to Spain, 1519-1522
    • First solo circumnavigation - Joshua Slocum, Canadian citizen, on his boat Spray, from Boston to Boston, 1895-1898
    • First solo, non stop circumnavigation- Sir Robin Knox Johnston, 1968-69 aboard the Suhaili, Falmouth to Falmouth, UK
    • First Indian solo circumnavigator – Capt Dilip Donde, SC aboard INSV Mhadei, 2009-10, 4 stops, Mumbai to Mumbai
    • First Indian solo, non stop circumnavigator – Cdr Abhilash Tomy, KC aboard INSV Mhadei, 2012-13, Mumbai to Mumbai
    • No of solo, non stop circumnavigators from Asia – Minoru Saito (Japan) and Cdr Abhilash Tomy, KC
    • First woman solo circumnavigation – Dame Naomi James, 1977-78, aboard Spirit of Cutty Sark, Dartmouth to Dartmouth, UK
    • First woman non stop, solo circumnavigation – Kay Kottee, 1986-87, aboard Blackmores First Lady, Sydney to Sydney
  3. Golden Globe Race. A solo, non stop, unassisted round the world race from Plymouth to Plymouth, UK on 10 m classic boats without the use of modern technology such as GPS, electronics and modern construction techniques.
    Cdr Abhilash Tomy, KC is the only Asian invitee to the race, which is being conducted for the first time in 50 years and will start on 30 Jun 2018.
     
  4. Indian Connection with Solo Circumnavigation
    • Suhaili Suhaili, sailed by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race of 1968 was built in Colaba, Mumbai
    • Mhadei INSV Mhadei, sailed by Capt Dilip Donde and Cdr Abhilash Tomy for their respective circumnavigations was built at Aquarius Shipyard, Goa
    • Tarini INSV Tarini, built at Aquarius Shipyard, Goa will be used by women officers of the Indian Navy for their circumnavigation
  5. Statistics
    • Number of Everesters – 6000-7000 (Approx)
    • Number of astronauts – 600 (Approx)
    • Number of circumnavigators – 4879
    • Number of women circumnavigators - 636
    • Number of solo circumnavigators – 189
    • Number of non stop, solo circumnavigators –91

 

INSV TARINI

  1. Hull - Wood core and fiberglass sandwich
  2. Length - 55 feet (17.1m)
  3. Mast height - 25m
  4. Displacement - 23 tons
  5. Beam - 5m
  6. Sails - 5 (Main sail, Genoa, Stay Sail, Genaker, Stormjib)
  7. Machinery

  8. Main Engine - 130 HP Volvo Penta inboard Diesel Engine
  9. Diesel Generator - 3.5 KW
  10. Water Maker - 30 Ltr/ Hrs
  11. Navigation Equipment

  12. 2 KW ‘X’ Band Nav Radar
  13. Integrated Multi-function Display
  14. Electronic Autopilots with accessories
  15. Wind Indicators
  16. GPS
  17. Wind vane self-steering
  18. Communication Equipment

  19. Fleet Broadband 500
  20. INMARSAT ‘C’ Terminal
  21. DSC enable fixed VHF MMB sets
  22. Portable VHF sets
  23. Safety Equipment

  24. SART
  25. EPIRB
  26. 6 men Life raft with hydrostatic release mechanism
  27. Life jackets – Six.