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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.

We have passed 157 miles that day and found ourselves in Istanbul as we planned, at 9.30am board time. Received on board a recruitment of our old experienced friends-yachtsmen: V.V.Bogoslovsky, S.N.Insarov, Oleksii Chuprov. With new energy we surged forward to the exit from the Bosphorus.

At 2pm we had passed the Bosphorus and entered the operation space of the Black Sea. Long time we haven’t been here. There’s 260 miles to Sevastopol, there’s no wind, but at night on the 25th of October we’ll be on place at any cost. Even more that the Motherland said: “You have to!”

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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