It’s a historic moment for the Indian Navy sailboat INSV Tarini with an all-women crew rounded Cape Horn on Friday morning, completing one of the most difficult legs of its global circumnavigation tour.

They hoisted the tricolour as they raced towards Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. 

‘Wonderful news! Delighted that INSV Tarini has rounded Cape Horn in the last few hours. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments,’ the Prime Minister tweeted. 

Indian Navy Spokesperson Captain D.K. Sharma said the team rounded the Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America at around 6 a.m. on Friday, and hoisted a tri-colour onboard the sailing vessel as a mark of the achievement.

The women crew was trained in the Ocean Sailing Node at Goa. 

INSV Tarini is a 56-foot sailing vessel, which was inducted into the Indian Navy earlier this year and showcases the Make in India initiative on the International forum. 

The expedition, titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, is in consonance with the national policy to empower women to attain their full potential. 

It further aims to showcase ‘Nari Shakti’ on the world platform and help revolutionalise the societal mindset towards women in India by raising the visibility of their participation in the challenging environment. 

The team, led by Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi and comprising Lt. Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and P Swathi and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta, had sailed out from Goa in September 2017. 

The vessel will return to Goa in April 2018. 

The expedition is being covered in five legs, with stop-overs at four ports: Fremantle in Australia, Lyttelton in New Zealand, Port Stanley in Falklands and Cape Town in South Africa.