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Ship's log-book

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.

That’s why there’re dozens of ships around us – we have to stay alert and be all eyes. It’s very pleasant to hear our native speech: there’re many Russian sailors on passing ships; even if they speak English, it’s easy to recognize Russian accent.


We have passed 170 nautical miles the last day. There’s less than 200 miles till Malta.


09.00. The spinning snapped into action, and we pulled out another 10-kilo tuna. It had taken us 10 minutes to get it – the tuna was struggling desperately and managed to foul the second spinning. But everything worked out sound, and we hadn’t lost the fish. Even though we spent two hours unraveling fish-lines – but fished it up! Our squid works well.

Meanwhile, the wind strengthened to 20 knots, and we are going 6-7 knots under genoa. An engine is shut down: diesel we have left is enough only for mooring and fuel refilling on Malta. The weather is sunny but windy. Even though it is 24˚C, it’s still chilly on the upper deck and we have to put warm clothes on.

12.00. Continue under genoa. The sea is a bit disturbed, but it’s not a problem for us. It looks like we’re on route with 20-knot wind till the very Malta.

20.00. Evening and night fall very quickly, as usual.


We have passed 160 miles the last day.

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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