We are going out to sea: the circumnavigation trimaran of the Russian Geographical Society left the hospitable harbor of San Fernando

The trimaran of the round-the-world expedition of the Tomsk branch of the Russian Geographical Society went to sea after wintering in Argentina and a major reconstruction. The cozy harbor of the San Fernando Yacht Club remained behind the stern, now the ship and crew will test the strength of the harsh winds and waves of the Atlantic on the way to Cape Horn. The brave Russians are determined to carry out their bold plan and cross the Pacific and Indian Oceans in 2023.

The start of a new stage of circumnavigation was given on November 1. It was preceded by migration formalities in the local prefecture, where meticulous law enforcement officers checked the travelers’ documents for almost three hours. At this time, friends gathered at the pier, whom Evgeny Kovalevsky and Stanislav Berezkin managed to acquire in Argentina, local sailors and shipyard workers, compatriots living abroad, and simply wishing to see the Russian trimaran.

Significant day! We go out to sea. From the gentle north of Argentina to the fierce south, where the same fierce and unkind Cape Horn awaits us. Jorge Du Riez came up to say goodbye – a rock musician and poet whom I fell in love with with all my heart, representatives of the Russian diaspora, Anna Rodionova, who helps us a lot, the head of the shipyard Carlos, officials – Commodore Luis Castro and Vice-Commodore Carlos Baistroki, president of the San Fernando Club Mario Bonini. Belgian navigator Eugenia Notienboch arrived– said Evgeny Kovalevsky.

The crew of the southbound trimaran now includes two Russians, Evgeny and Stanislav, and two Argentines, Sebastian Yut and Norberto Luna. Together with the main crew, the Argentine travelers will pass the stage from San Fernando to Mar del Plata, maintaining the tradition of friendship between all the peoples of the Earth, which has become one of the mottos of the RGS circumnavigation.

Expeditionary trimaran launched into the water at the San Fernando shipyard on the eve of the Geographic Dictation. Expedition members organized in the yacht club the venue for the international educational campaign of the Russian Geographical Society. About three dozen local residents plunged here with great pleasure into the atmosphere of Russian geography and the circumnavigation of the Russian Geographical Society.

The crew of a trimaran, the design of which significantly changed during the winter, I am sure that the ship is able to withstand the test of Cape Horn. The expedition intends to go around it in December 2022.

— As our friend, circumnavigator Nikolai Litau, says, “a ship can break down – people wouldn’t break down.” These words have become the motto of our crew. We won’t break! — emphasized Evgeny Kovalevsky.

The Russians intend to moor the trimaran in the port of Mar del Plata in three to four days.

July 1, 2021 Siberian travelers Evgeny Kovalevsky and Stanislav Berezkin went along the route of the first Russian round-the-world expeditions of the 19th century: Ivan Krusenstern (1803–1806), Yuri Lisyansky (1803–1806), Otto Kotzebue (1815–1818, 1823–1826), Vasily Golovnin (1817–1819), Fyodor Litke (1826– 1829), Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev (1819–1921). The international project of the Tomsk regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society “On the way of Russian sailors around the world” is dedicated to the 250th anniversary of the birth of Krusenstern and the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by Russian sailors. These events for a long time determined Russia’s leadership in the development of the oceans and the discovery of new lands. You can learn more about the project and provide all possible assistance in its implementation. on the expedition website.

Alexander Zhirnov

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