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Sails of the world. Russian sailboats make way to Antarctica

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Sails of the world. Russian sailboats make way to Antarctica


A round-the-world expedition of three Russian sailboats - the frigate Pallada and the barges Kruzenshtern and Sedov is going to start this autumn. All three sailing ships of Russian Federal Fisheries Agency have already been on the round-the-globe trips but an event of such a grand scale takes place for the first time.

The voyage is timed to the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by Russian sailors (2020 was officially declared the Year of Antarctica in Russia to celebrate this date), as well as to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The expedition route partially repeats the expedition of Faddey Bellinsgauzen and Mikhail Lazarev.

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The southern polar expedition consisting of the sloops Vostok (commanded by Faddey Bellinsgauzen) and Mirny (commanded by Mikhail Lazarev) sailed for long voyage in 1819 from Kronstadt and opened Antarctica on January 28, 1820. The expedition lasted 751 days. The ships sailed over 92 thousand kilometers and returned to Kronstadt in 1821. In addition to Antarctica, the expedition discovered 29 islands and one coral reef. Russian sailors conducted scientific and oceanographic research during the trip.

On November 1, 2019, Pallada will set off from Vladivostok and start its journey around the globe at high latitudes. It will have to travel 27,120 nautical miles and return home on June 9, 2020.

On December 6, Kruzenshtern's voyage starts from Kaliningrad, which will cover 29,011 nautical miles and make the largest number of stops - 25. The sailing ship will return home on September 3, 2020.

Sedov will leave Kronstadt on December 10, 2019 and return to Kaliningrad on December 12, 2020. Its voyage will be the longest - the bark will cover 40,209 nautical miles within a year.

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According to the head of the Federal Fisheries Agency Ilya Shestakov, the uniqueness of this expedition lies in the fact that three sailing vessels will meet at the closest point to Antarctica for the first time in the history. This will happen in February of 2020 in the area of ​​the South Georgia Islands in the Atlantic Ocean (if the weather and ice conditions are suitable). A 200-mile regatta will be held there.

The organizers called this expedition Sails of the World and declared it open. They call on colleagues from other countries to join the trip. Negotiations are already underway with representatives of several countries on sending foreign cadets to Russian vessels — seats are reserved for them. This is done in order to enable young sailors from different countries to get acquainted and feel the team spirit.

The Federal Fisheries Agency assures that all the ships have undergone repairs, have been fit up with modern navigation equipment and are ready for any tests. The ships of the Russian Navy will accompany the expedition in the waters known for frequent pirate raids. In addition, all risks associated with the possible arrest of sailboats due to sanctions are excluded: they will not go to ports of countries that have not given guarantees of the inviolability of ships.

According to the rector of the Kaliningrad State Technical University Vladimir Volkogon, only experienced and academically successful cadets are recruited to the team. In total, about 700 cadets and 60 young students will take part in the expedition.

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Ilya Shestakov mentioned that Russian stars and politicians might take part in the expedition and help cadets overcome the difficulties of sailing. According to Vladimir Volkogon, the experience of past expeditions suggests that the most important thing in long-distance navigation is a psychological attitude, since cadets have to spend a long time in a closed environment. For example, crossing the Pacific Ocean takes about two months.

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The main mission of the Sails of the World is to remind of the Russian discoverers of Antarctica and demonstrate the high level of training of our sailors. The cultural task is also set - each port will have an “open board” mode. This means that anyone can visit the Russian sailing ship - good news for our foreign compatriots.

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Here is the sailing route and the dates of arrival at the ports:


Vladivostok (Russia) - November 1, 2019.

Apia (Samoa) - December 7 - 9, 2019

Papeete (Tahiti) - December 24 - 26, 2019

Valparaiso (Chile) - January 29 - 31, 2020

Ushuaia (Argentina) - February 12 - 14, 2020

Cape Town (South Africa) - March 16 - 18, 2020

Port Louis (Mauritius) - April 7 - 9, 2020

Singapore - May 5 - 7, 2020

Muara (Brunei) - May 13 - 15, 2020

Nagasaki (Japan) - June 2 - 4, 2020

Vladivostok (Russia) - June 9, 2020


Kronstadt (Russia) - December 10 - 12, 2019

Las Palmas (Spain) - January 5 - 8, 2020

Montevideo (Uruguay) - February 10 - 14, 2020

Cape Town (South Africa) - March 16 - 18, 2020

Port Louis (Mauritius) - April 5 - 7, 2020

Mumbai (India) - April 26 - 29, 2020

Singapore - May 16-19, 2020

Qingdao (China) - June 6 - 8, 2020

Busan (Korea) - June 12-15, 2020

Vladivostok (Russia) - June 20 - 30, 2020

Nagasaki (Japan) - July 5 - 8, 2020

Pearl Harbor (USA) - August 6 - 9, 2020

San Francisco (USA) - August 25 - 28, 2020

Acapulco (Mexico) - September 11 - 14, 2020

Panama (Panama) - September 25 - 28, 2020

Havana (Cuba) - October 7 - 10, 2020

New York (USA) - October 20 - 23, 2020

St. Johns (Canada) - October 31 - November 3, 2020

Reykjavik (Iceland) - November 14 - 17, 2020

Le Havre (France) - November 27 - 30, 2020

Gdansk (Poland) - October 8 - 11, 2020

Kaliningrad (Russia) - December 12, 2020


Kaliningrad (Russia) - December 6, 2019.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain) - December 25 - 29, 2019

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) - January 22 - 25, 2020

Montevideo (Uruguay) - February 1 - 4, 2020

Ushuaia (Argentina) - February 12 - 15, 2020

Las Palmas (Spain) - April 1 - 5, 2020

Casablanca (Morocco) - April 12 - 14, 2020

Haifa (Israel) - April 27 - 29, 2020

Sevastopol (Russia) - May 7 - 11, 2020

Novorossiysk (Russia) - May 16-19, 2020

Sochi (Russia) - May 21-24, 2020

Patras (Greece) - June 2 - 6, 2020

Barcelona (Spain) - June 13-16, 2020

Bordeaux (France) - June 25 - 28, 2020

Le Havre (France) - July 3 - 7, 2020

Brest (France) - July 10-16, 2020

Zeebrugge (Belgium) - July 22-26, 2020

Rostock (Germany) - August 6 - 8, 2020

Amsterdam (Netherlands) - August 12 - 16, 2020

Bremerhaven (Germany) - August 19 - 23, 2020

Swinoujscie (Poland) - August 28 - 31, 2020

Kaliningrad (Russia) - September 3, 2020

Anyone interested in following this expedition will be able to do it on the official website. You can find information about each sailing ship, read news in English and Russian and monitor the position of ships in real time.

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