Ahead of Republic Day, INSV Tarini crosses Cape Horn, all-women crew hoist flag

As per the Twitter handle of the Indian Navy, the sea was 'rough' and the winds were 'strong gusting to ~70kmph.' The vessel will return to Goa in April 2018. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 19, 2018, 07.14 AM (IST)

The Indian Navy's first all-women crew of Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini has successfully crossed the Cape Horn off the Southern tip of South America, also referred to as "Mount Everest of sailing". 

The six-member all-women crew hoisted the Indian flag to mark their achievement. The team had earlier started their journey from Goa in September last year. 

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PM Modi also took to Twitter to congratulate the crew for their accomplishment. "Wonderful news! Delighted that INSV Tarini has rounded Cape Horn in the last few hours. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments," he wrote. 

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As per the Twitter handle of the Indian Navy, the sea was "rough" and the winds were "strong gusting to 70kmph."

The women crew was trained in the Ocean Sailing Node at Goa.

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INSV Tarini is a 56-foot sailing vessel, which was inducted into the Indian Navy earlier this year and showcases the 'Make in India' initiative on the International forum.

The expedition, titled 'Navika Sagar Parikrama', is in consonance with the national policy to empower women to attain their full potential.

It further aims to showcase 'Nari Shakti' on the world platform and help revolutionalise the societal mindset towards women in India by raising the visibility of their participation in the challenging environment.

The vessel will return to Goa in April 2018.