In 2018, six Indian women naval officers created history by becoming the first all-women Indian crew to successfully circumnavigate the globe. If you weren’t aware—a voyage only qualifies as circumnavigation if it starts and ends at the same port, crosses all meridians at least once, does not go through a canal or channel and covers a minimum of 21,600 nautical miles. And they did tick all of it off! Their intense journey will now be showcased in detail in the form of a gripping documentary. It is set to premiere on 8th March i.e. Women’s Day on National Geographic and Hotstar.
On 10th September 2017, the crew left for their expedition from the INS Mandovi boat pool in Goa and returned successfully on 21st May 2018. In this voyage of 254 days on a 55-foot sailing vessel called INSV Tarini, they only made 5 stops which were in Australia, New Zealand, Falklands, Cape Town and Port Louis. Here’s some rare footage of their brave journey that was released from their on-boat cameras shared by the Twitter handle of Indian Navy.
Witness the historic voyage of 6 brave Indian women naval officers who broke all barriers & stereotypes by circumnavigating the globe aboard #INSVTarini Let’s celebrate these #GirlsWhoSailed &their massive success with @natgeoindia’s documentary @SpokespersonMoD@DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/IvGwODR6PK
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) February 20, 2019
The documentary will showcase the hardships faced by the team during the voyage and how they came above it all with a rock-solid determination and undying spirit. It features the whole crew—Lt Commander Vartika Joshi, Pratibha Jamwal, Swati P and Lt Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi, and Payal Gupta.
Pawan Soni—Head of Programming and Marketing, National Geographic India talked about it to PTI and said,
Over the last few months, we have worked closely with the Tarini crew and officials from Indian naval services to produce powerful storytelling of the expedition, the entire country is proud of. The documentary will not only give viewers an in-depth view of the mission but will also help break many stereotypes revolving around women in society.
Prime minister Narendra Modi too had congratulated them by tweeting,
Heartiest congratulations to Indian Navys all-women crew of INSV Tarinin for completing the Navika Sagar Parikrama, their mission to circumnavigate the globe. Welcome home. The entire nation is proud of you.
We definitely can’t wait to watch this documentary on Women’s Day. The snippet looks very intense and we can only imagine how those 8 months must have felt like for the Tarini Crew. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.