NEW DELHI: Hailing the all-women crew of Indian Navy’s sailing vessel Tarini as a “role model” for the youth, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba Wednesday exhorted girls to pursue their dreams with vigour and have the courage to take the extra step beyond their comfort zone.
He was addressing students and naval officers at an event held at the Lady Shri Ram College for Women here ahead of the International Women’s Day on March 8.
After sailing into record books, the inspiring story of the 254-day maritime odyssey of the INSV Tarini’s six women crew members, who circumnavigated the globe, was showcased in a documentary that premiered at the event and received a standing ovation.
The film, ‘Tarini’ on the historic expedition — Navika Sagar Parikrama — will air on the National Geographic channel on March 8 to mark Women’s Day.
Led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, the crew had achieved the feat, braving treacherous seas onboard the 55-foot sailing vessel, built indigenously.
The expedition was flagged off from the INS Mandovi boat pool in Goa on September 10 in 2017, and the team had returned to Goa last May.
The other crew members were — Lt Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P, and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta.
The six women officers had trained under Captain Dilip Donde, the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe solo in 2009-2010.
The expedition comprised six legs, with stopovers at the Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falkland Islands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mauritius.
They covered five countries, touching the equator twice, passing through all longitudes, and the three Great Capes — Cape of Horn, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Leeuwin, he said.
The crew returned in May 2018 to an overjoyed nation filled with excitement and a proud navy, Lanba said.
“The crew demonstrated unflinching resolve and solid fortitude facing challenges and tough conditions, and in doing so, joined an illustrious league of women whose accomplishments have contribute to the discourse of women empowerment in the country,” the Navy chief said.
The expedition has showcased the ‘Nari Shakti’ on the world platform, and done the nation proud by displaying the Indian flag in distant countries and showing seafaring capabilities, he added.
“These brave women officer are role models and they will serve as an inspiration to the youth of our nation and to young women,” Lanba said.
“You frequently stumble on opportunities to do something outside the comfort zone. It is very easy to say no (to going out of the comfort zone). So, take courage to do things that make your hands sweat and your hearts race,” he said.