Imagine crossing the equator twice, starting and finishing in the same city and having a boat as your home and transport to take you over 30 000km in hundreds of days - all in one trip?

It's the first-ever attempt by an all-woman crew to circumnavigate the globe.

The Indian Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini crew has six incredible women from the Indian Navy making it happen.

The team includes Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) Vartika Joshi, Lt Cdr Pratibha Jamwal, Lt Cdr Swathi P, Lt Aishwarya Boddapati, Lt Sh Vijaya Devi and Lt Payal Gupta. 

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They've trained very hard to prepare them for this historic journey including completing basic sail training courses at INWTC Mumbai followed by navigation, seamanship, communication and meteorology courses at various naval training schools at Kochi, India.

Image: Zakiyah Ebrahim

Their sailing vessel, the INSV Tarini, is 17m long and has taken them across the globe for more than 170 days, touching Australian, New Zealand, the Falklands and South African shores before returning to Goa on 14 March 2018.

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Fun fact: For a voyage to qualify as a circumnavigation, it has to:

* Start and finish in the same port (in this case, Goa)

* Sail a distance of 21,600 nautical miles (about 34,761 km)

* Sail south of the three Great Capes of the Southern Hemisphere

* Cross all longitudes in the same direction

* Cross the equator twice, and

* Not use any canals and the engine for propulsion

Check out the video below to hear Lt Aishwarya Boddapati tell us about her scary experience near the Cape Horn region. And why it was so much fun to stop in Cape Town.

During their stay in Cape Town, the crew will meet with local leaders, more media and work with students in the University of Western Cape. 

We're inspired and sure they'll be too.

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