The crew began their journey in September 2017, with the expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’. Reports state that the crew visited five countries and crossed the Equator twice, sailed across four continents and three oceans, and passed south of the three Great Capes – Leeuwin, Horn and Good Hope.
The expedition was completed in six legs, with stopovers at Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falkland Islands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mauritius.
The crew this week was welcomed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba at INS Mandovi boat pool in Panaji. They also met the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Wednesday.
Had a wonderful interaction with the crew of INSV Tarini. Congratulated them on their accomplishment and heard their memorable experiences. My best wishes to this bright team for their future endeavours. https://t.co/2ilAedf8Wj pic.twitter.com/GYEfP1kREa
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 23, 2018
While their journey might have been tough, the crew, speaking to Mint, spoke about how they keep themselves occupied.
“Six was a great number, we were always entertained. We watched movies, listened to music, and you won’t believe some of the goodies the crew rustled up in our tiny pantry, even while sailing in rough seas. We made paranthas, baked cakes and breads, and even made halwa and rasgullas!” said Joshi.
The crew was mentored by commander Dilip Donde, India’s first solo circumnavigator, who sailed around the globe, completing his journey in 2010.