New Delhi, Feb 17: The Indian Navy’s second ocean-going sailboat Tarini will be inducted at a ceremony scheduled to be held at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool on Saturday evening. The sail boat, Tarini, is being inducted into the Navy and is slated to be the platform for ‘First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe’ expedition of the Indian Navy.Also Read - Indian Women Naval Officers on INSV Tarini Brave Storm in Pacific Ocean: Watch Video

The boat has been built to a stock design by Van de Stadt, Netherlands, called Tonga 56. The hull is made of wooden core fibreglass sandwich construction for a better performance than aluminium and steel. INSV Tarini carries a suite of six sails including the Main sail, Headsails (Genoa and stay sails), Downwind sails and Storm sail. Its mast is 25 metres tall and has been custom built for sailing in extreme conditions. It boasts a Raymarine navigation suite and an array of latest satellite communication systems through which she can be contacted anywhere in the world. Also Read - Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Flags off Navika Sagar Parikrama, India's First Global Naval Expedition by Women

The trials of the newly built INSV Tarini were successfully completed on January 30 and all the learning experience from INSV Mhadei has been incorporated in this vessel right from the start. The keel of the vessel was laid by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in March last year at the Aquarius Shipyard. The construction was diligently overseen by the Warship Overseeing Team, Goa and the vessel is being delivered before the scheduled date of delivery by the boat builder. The successful construction of both the Mhadei and Tarini in Goa are a tribute to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Also Read - Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence row: Pakistan an empty vessel, only makes noise, says Manohar Parrikar

INSV Tarini is almost identical to its illustrious predecessor, the iconic Mhadei, which has sailed over 115000 nautical miles in the past eight years. This includes path-breaking voyages like the first Indian solo circumnavigation was undertaken by Capt Dilip Donde (Retd) in 2009 and first solo, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation by Cdr Abhilash Tomy in 2013.

The boat draws her origin from the famous Tara-Tarini temple of Odisha’s Ganjam district. The word Tarini means a Boat and is also a Sanskrit word for Saviour. Tara-Tarini is a patron deity for sailors and merchants and is worshipped for safety and success at sea. Tara-Tarini of Odisha is known to have historical linkages with the river Goddess Mhadei – the exclusive boat deity of the Mhadei river of Goa. Both the deities Tarini and Mhadei have sculptural similarities.

In order to promote ocean sailing activities and encourage women empowerment, the Indian Navy conceptualised the idea of the First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe. A team of six women officers led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi was selected for this project. These officers have done basic sail training courses at INWTC Mumbai followed by Navigation, Seamanship, Communication and Meteorology courses at various naval training schools at Kochi. After completion of theoretical courses, the officers sailed INSV Mhadei to Vizag for the International Fleet Review 2016 and thereafter to Mauritius and back. Following that, they sailed the boat on a gruelling voyage to Cape Town on Dec 16.

The boat is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and crew members include Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Patarapalli Swathi, Lieutenant Sh Vijaya Devi and Lieutenant Payal Gupta.