First Russian-Ukrainian sailing polar expedition! По-русски
Ship's log-book
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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