The world runs on engine power. Be it cars, motorcycles or planes, these modes of transport need an engine. However, the Indian Navy's INSV Mhadei is making news, and it's not for its engine, but sail power.
The INSV Mhadei is a sail training boat of the Indian Navy, and with an all-women crew sailed from Visakhapatnam after participating in the international fleet review to Mormugao Port Trust, Goa. Skippered and crewed by an all-women crew of naval officers for the very first time.
In 2017, the all-women crew would try and sail around the globe on a new vessel which is currently being constructed in Goa by Aquarius Fibreglass Private Limited. They will undergo sailing sessions on the new boat before leaving for the voyage next year.
The new boat will be similar to Mhadei that has been ordered by the Navy for delivery in Feb 2017. Both boats will be completely built in India. Here are some interesting facts and details.
The Mhadei has sailed 1,00,000 nautical miles (1,85,200km) and has been round the world not once, but twice, which is a major feat for a boat used for adventure and training.
Dilip Donde, on 19 May 2010 became the first Indian to sail around the globe solo in a sailboat — becoming only the 175th person ever. He started from Mumbai on August 19, 2009 and returned on May 19, 2010 with four stops.
Lt. Commander Abhilash Tomy also used the INSV Mhadei and completed the first unassisted, non-stop, solo journey by an Indian in a boat.
The INSV Mhadei has five sails and weighing 23 tonnes. As mentioned earlier, the boat was built by Goa based Aquarius Fiberglas and was delivered to the Indian Navy in 2009. The Mhadei is also fitted with satellite communication and electronic navigation system.
The vessel can store up to 12,000-litres of drinking water, which is basically converted from seawater through a reverse osmosis plant.
The INSV Mhadei was named after the Mandovi River.
The INSV Mhadei is the first Indian Navy ocean sailing boat crewed by all-women.
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