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Navy planned to circumnavigate globe by all-woman crew

Jan 6, 2014 15:00 IST

Indian Navy on 5 January 2013 looked forward to pave the way for a circumnavigation of the globe by an all-woman crew whose member officers are to be trained aboard INS Mhadei.

INS Mhadei that is the first Indian solo circumnavigator is set to participate in the Cape2Rio Yachting Race 2014. Navy said that one lady officer would be a part of the crew for each leg of the voyage. Till the time, INS Mhadei will return back to Goa, it would have trained three lady officers.

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The three lady officers would form the core of the prospective all-women crew that will circumnavigate the globe. Navy said that a solo circumnavigation of the globe by a lady officer is also being planned.

The vessel INS Mhadei till now has seen two circumnavigations of which first was done under the commander Diilip Dhonde in 2009-10 and the second was a non-stop under Commander Abhilash Tomy in 2012-13.   

The first tour for INS Mhadei’s circumnavigations included three members under the command of Commander Dhonde and comprised crew Commander MVV Satish, who was the trainee skipper, Commander TGS Bedi and Lieutenant Commander Shweta Kapur, a lady officer.

Cape2Rio Yachting Race 2014

Cape2Rio Yachting Race 2014 will have more than 30 boats as participates. The race will start from Cape Town in South Africa and will terminate in the Rio de Janerio in Brazil. INS Mhadei has sailed from Goa on 25 November 2013 and reached Cape Town on 27 December 2013 after travelling over 5000 miles, as per the Navy.

 

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