indian navy mhadei cape to rio
Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, Indian Navy, Ocean Sailing Node at Goa, Capt Atool Sinha, Asian Games Silver medalist, Cape Town to Rio, Cape to Rio Race 2017, Lieutenants Swathi, Aishwarya, Pratibha, Vijaya, Payal

Indian Navy All Women Crew Complete Cape To Rio Race

The Indian Navy’s ocean-going sail boat Mhadei with an all-women crew, entered Cape Town Harbour on December 23rd, 2016 .in preparation for their participation the Cape to Rio 2017 race. The INSV Mhadei of Indian Navy successfully completed the Cape to Rio 2017 race by reaching Rio this morning in record time of 21 days.

India’s High Commissioner in SA, Ms. Ruchi Ghanashyam announced their successful journey moments ago on social media.

This was the first all-women crew to man any ocean-going ship of the Navy. The six lady officers’ onboard Mhadei skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi were selected by the Indian Navy and groomed for this challenge.

indian navy mhadei cape to rio

They were trained in the various aspects of Ocean Sailing at the newly set up Ocean Sailing Node at Goa headed by Capt Atool Sinha, an Asian Games Silver medalist who also skippered the boat from Cape Town to Rio.

The crew comprising Lieutenants Swathi, Aishwarya, Pratibha, Vijaya and Payal respectively, in addition to the Skipper Vartika are from diverse backgrounds and they are Naval Architects, Air Traffic Controllers and Education Officers by profession. The passion of Ocean Sailing unites them all. Their grit, determination and courage is an inspiration to all Indians and is a testimony to the women empowerment in modern India. This crew is set to attempt the first Indian all women circumnavigation of the globe in 2017.

Having steadily increased their sea legs this year, these women have completed a 2000 nautical miles voyage from Visakhapatnam to Goa in India in February 16 before doing their first ocean crossing of 4000nm from Goa to Mauritius and back in July 16. The current voyage from Goa to Cape Town conducted for 45 days and 5000 nm through heavy weather was their longest leg and an important milestone in their circumnavigation aspirations.

Congratulations to the all-women crew who’ve made history for the Indian Navy!

About Naufal Khan

Naufal Khan was the Publisher at ADISHAKTI MEDIA and the editor-in-chief of the South African Indian news service Indian Spice. Khan was former Sunday Times journalist and also an occult fiction and non-fiction writer with several published titles.