First Russian-Ukrainian sailing polar expedition! По-русски
MISSION
National interests from the pole to the pole!

The circumnavigation around the South and the North poles on board the yacht “Scorpius” is the first joint Russian-Ukrainian polar sailing expedition. This is not only sport, scientific and educational project, but patriotic too. Its mission is to remind that for centuries two great nations have been creating and living the same glorious history, in one mighty commonwealth, sharing joys and sorrows, performing common feats. To remind that we are two great Slavic nation-states; that we’re devoted to our traditions but looking forward to future. That the spirit of the Age of Discovery and ocean and land conquerors is alive.

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At 5.45am we anchored in the Sevastopol bay, right after the Ravelin. 26 October, 2012
Precisely at 8am, as it was promised, customs and border control arrive together with a pilot. Formalities are settled quickly and accurately. The crew takes short rest. Read all
Of course, there’s nothing good in absence of wind.. 25 October, 2012
But that’s very-very good that there’s no wave. We have passed 185 miles the last day. Sevastopol is close at hand. The day has passed without incidents nominally. Read all
The night in the Sea of Marmara turned out to the extremely inquiet. 24 October, 2012
Still head wind and very intensive traffic. Fortunately, there’s a “two-lane street” with a wide “dividing strip”, laid through the whole sea. That makes our hard task significantly easier: to pass those 120 miles without running into a head tanker or s balk carrier, and to get to Istanbul in 12-14 hours against head wind at that. Read all
The wind on the bow, which helped us yesterday, scanted from head. 23 October, 2012
The wind was 25-30 knots, quite high 6-8-meter wave, but nothing could stop us anymore. Till the very Dardanelles we were searching a compromise with head wave. In the evening, quite worn by head wind and steep Mediterranean seas, we entered the Dardanelles. Read all
After Corinth, in area of Athens on way to Dora, we have got into a really intensive traffic. 22 October, 2012
Almost all the time there are 8-10 ships in proximity to us. At night it worries us, if to speak slightly. Of course, we have radar and AIS, and side lights are on, but still the circumstances keep us in tension. Quite good wind on the bow has risen, but doesn’t add much to our speed, as quite big head wave has appeared. Read all
In the morning we entered the Corinth Bay. 21 October, 2012
The weather is nice. We admire Greek islands and the majestic bridge over the bay. There’s no wind; wave and traffic are not as intensive as in Gibraltar. Read all
As UGRIB has promised us, a good wind on the bow set in around 9am. 20 October, 2012
We have sped up significantly, and our GPS coordinates have started to change to the north-east. We would go even faster, if not head wave. Although we can’t complain: 188 miles per day is quite good. Sure, that’s not 220-230 miles a day in the Collaboration Sea but still… And now Greece is close at hand. No adventures have taken place. Read all
After breakfast at 9.30 in the morning we unanchor and head to Sevastopol. 19 October, 2012
While there’s no wind, we are going on-engine, reckoning upon rising of wind on the bow at the end of the day, which will increase our speed and give us chance to avoid head wind, promised for tomorrow. We have passed 95 miles the last day, and that’s not bad, taking into account head wave. Moreover, we departed late... Read all
The same bay Marsamshit. 18 October, 2012
We continue repairs on board, hustle about purchases, preparing for departure. The original plan to call to sea this evening has been changed – we decide to spend another night on Malta and in the morning on the 19th of October raise the anchor for the last dash to Sevastopol. Read all
The starry sky. 17 October, 2012
There’re lights of Malta on the horizon. We’re close, 20 miles left. First we’ll go for a refill, and further – according to the plan. The sea is almost calm. The wind, so helpful the last day, has sunk. We have to hand sails and start the main engine. We have fuel just enough to enter the port. Read all
A promised wind has got up at 20.00. 16 October, 2012
The 12-15-knot broad reach portside immediately allows us to set a genoa and finally shut down the main engine. We start rounding the Cape Bon in the Mediterranean Sea (Tunisia). Here ways to the Suez Canal, Sicilia and Malta cross. Read all
A fresh 12-14-knot wind, and we are already sailing 8-9 knots under genoa and main sail. 15 October, 2012
There’re 400 miles left to Malta – for us this is a two-day trip. Night is calm and starry, as usual. We can believe that out circumnavigation will come to end so soon. Read all
26 October, 2012
Precisely at 8am, as it was promised, customs and border control arrive together with a pilot. Formalities are settled quickly and accurately. The crew takes short rest.
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25 October, 2012
But that’s very-very good that there’s no wave. We have passed 185 miles the last day. Sevastopol is close at hand. The day has passed without incidents nominally.
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24 October, 2012
Still head wind and very intensive traffic. Fortunately, there’s a “two-lane street” with a wide “dividing strip”, laid through the whole sea. That makes our hard task significantly easier: to pass those 120 miles without running into a head tanker or s balk carrier, and to get to Istanbul in 12-14 hours against head wind at that.
Read all
23 October, 2012
The wind was 25-30 knots, quite high 6-8-meter wave, but nothing could stop us anymore. Till the very Dardanelles we were searching a compromise with head wave. In the evening, quite worn by head wind and steep Mediterranean seas, we entered the Dardanelles.
Read all
22 October, 2012
Almost all the time there are 8-10 ships in proximity to us. At night it worries us, if to speak slightly. Of course, we have radar and AIS, and side lights are on, but still the circumstances keep us in tension. Quite good wind on the bow has risen, but doesn’t add much to our speed, as quite big head wave has appeared.
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29 November, 2012
The crew of “Scorpius” has become an awardee of the National prize in sailing “The yachtsman of the year - 2012” in nomination “The best long-distance sport cruise”.
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17 November, 2012
Today on the 17th of November the crew of “Scorpius” is celebrating the birthday of the engineer Mikhail Moroz. As a participant of the expedition Mikhail had passed two circumnavigations around the South and North poles, and is put forward for the state decoration – the order “For Courage” – by the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich.
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31 October, 2012
On the 27th of October, 2012, accomplishing the record-breaking cruise around the Southern and Northern poles, the yacht “Scorpius” anchored in the Sevastopol city. There was a grand ceremony, held in honor of the courageous sailors, with flowers, orchestra, words of gratitude and champagne.
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Sergei Nizovtsev
Life way of a human implies constant overcoming not only of external obstacles, but ageing forms of his own mind too, in order to resurrect on a higher level. This is the way of a human to maturity. THE Captain of the yacht "Scorpius" and leader of the first Russian-UKRAINIAN SAILING POLAR EXPEDITION Sergei Nizovtsev. Graduated Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO). Yachtsman. Qualified Yacht Master Ocean. Routes of his journeys – extremal sea tracks. Honoured Polar Explorer. Numerous times had been in Arctic and at the North Pole with skydiving and diving expeditions.
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The crew of “Scorpius”, depending on route, consists of 7-10 persons. Many of them have already had invaluable experience, necessary for this adventurous sailing. In front of others lays a hard way from novice to “sea wolf”.
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25 October, 2012
Leaving these shores a year ago, we had a slight idea about what we’ll encounter, how hard it will be and at some times - almost impossible to accomplish what we had conceived.
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17 October, 2012
As I guessed and God decided, those 2500 miles to Gibraltar we covered in 12 days, believe me, very-very fast. On way we overcame two powerful North-Atlantic cyclones with wave up to 12-meter and wind up to 40 knots. Before we raised a shot along with sintoist toast for the Atlantic, asking it for mercy and chance to get away with peace, it was raging all out.
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30 September, 2012
Dear admirers, men and, of course, women, well-wishers and not very well – all, sympathizing to our expedition or peeking into the site being bored, everyone sharing our achievements, plain and secret enviers and especially statisticians of our home records! I want to report you that we’re moving by bounds, heading to the Labrador Sea to our sacramental point on the south of Greenland in order to finish finally our polar epic. It’s still cold here, icebergs, dark at night and, of course, ceaseless storms.
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20 September, 2012
Before I could dream about another world record, here it is: on the 16th of September the southern wind, head and not kind at all, speeded a powerful head wave. Moreover, according to forecast, there was a mighty storm of force about 50 balls waiting for us straight on course, and there we didn’t want to get at all. That’s why on the 17th of September at 4am taking the shift over, I made decision to outwait the storm, have rest, repair some stuff and refill, if there’s an opportunity.
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15 September, 2012
These are five days, which will give us the answer for the question if we pass the Canadian straits and lock the Arctic circle. Or, sprinkling ashes upon our heads, we’ll have to go back to the Bering Strait or somewhere else, where it’s warm and no ice.
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