Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini embarks on an expedition from Goa to Port Louis, Mauritius

Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini embarked on an expedition from the INS Mandovi, Goa to Port Louis, Mauritius on 28 Feb 24.

Notably, this particular expedition conducted under the aegis of Indian Naval Sailing Association marks a significant milestone in naval ocean Sailing history as it is the first-ever transoceanic sortie undertaken by Indian women in a double-handed mode.

Lt Cdr Dilna K and Lt Cdr Roopa A have embarked on this historic voyage, showcasing the Nari Shakti in the maritime domain.

The expedition onboard INSV Tarini not only highlights the exceptional skill and dedication of the Indian Navy’s women personnel but also underscores the nation’s commitment to promote gender equality and inclusivity in traditionally male-dominated fields.

Their endeavour serves as a crucial part of their preparation for the upcoming circumnavigation of the globe, scheduled later this year.

The officers have been preparing themselves for the last two and half years following a rigorous selection process.

Prior to the present expedition, the officers as part of crew of six, sailed from Goa to Mauritius and back in 2022 followed by an expedition from Goa to Rio De Janeiro via Cape Town and back last year.

Thereafter, the officers undertook a sailing expedition from Goa to Port Blair and back in double handed mode. 

This would be their last consolidation expedition prior to the circumnavigation planned to commence in Sep this year.

The expedition was flagged off by a distinguished yachtsman, Commander Abhilash Tomy (Retd), KC, NM who has circumnavigated the globe non-stop on sailing boats twice.

He has been mentoring the two women officers for last six months.

In his address, he expressed his pride in flagging off this monumental expedition.

Further, he stated that this expedition symbolizes the spirit of adventure and resilience that defines the IN and exuded full confidence in the capabilities of the two women officers and wished them fair winds and smooth seas on their historic voyage.

The transoceanic expedition of INSV Tarini signifies a significant step forward in India’s maritime endeavours, showcasing the nation’s growing prominence in global maritime activities and gender equality on the high seas.

It is a testament to the Indian Navy’s commitment to fostering excellence and diversity within its ranks.

The boat is likely to reach Port Louis, Mauritius on 20 Mar 24.