In distant Argentina, the final stage includes preparations for the launch of the trimaran of the expedition of the Tomsk branch of the Russian Geographical Society “On the way of Russian sailors around the world.” The ship, on which Evgeny Kovalevsky and Stanislav Beryozkin will go around Cape Horn and then cross the Pacific Ocean, will become stronger and more comfortable. The crew received all the necessary parts for this and proceeded to assemble.
Expedition leader Yevgeny Kovalevsky told readers of the website of the Russian Geographical Society about what will change in the design of the unique vessel.
— We have mounted all the transverse main beams. Now they are not aluminum, but stainless steel. Welded end forks on 12 aluminum struts and pipes of the central pyramid. Added six pipes along the central cylinder to strengthen the longitudinal axis of the trimaran. Valves were replaced on all three cylinders – 11 pieces. The left and right inflatable outriggers were shortened by 110 cm. The trimaran became narrower – by 1 m. Now we fix the diagonals on the right and left between all the beams to reduce the longitudinal play, Kovalevsky explained.
Travelers around the world have not forgotten about comfort and safety. The modest accommodation for the crew on board the trimaran will become more comfortable and practical, and there will be changes in navigational equipment.
– We bought five sheets of plywood – we will make a deck for sleeping and relaxing inside the tent. We will change the navigation console – we will raise the chartplotter half a meter higher. Now we will tie all the trampolines and nets we walk on, fix lockers, kulemans. The AIS (Automatic Ship Identifier) antenna mount is moved to the mast for more confident signal tracking, Evgeny Kovalevsky added.
To continue the voyage, the ship of the circumnavigation of the Russian Geographical Society is being prepared at the shipyard of the San Fernando Yacht Club, where the trimaran arrived early summer this year. Evgeny Kovalevsky and Stanislav Berezkin do not forget about the humanitarian mission of the expedition. In parallel with the technical work, the crew holds meetings with local residents, tells them about the beauty of Russia’s nature, its rich culture, history, traditions, about the glorious deeds of famous Russian travelers who discovered the world.
One of these days in the Russian House in Buenos Aires will open exhibition “For the first time in Argentina”. Its visitors will see photographs taken by Stanislav Beryozkin during the trip, as well as the documentary film “Swim across the ocean. The history of a real circumnavigation of the world. Part one. Zero meridian”, which tells about the expedition of the Russian Geographical Society. Tape premiere took place August 19 at the site of the V Festival of the Russian Geographical Society in Moscow’s Zaryadye park.
The Russians plan to go to sea immediately after the completion of the reconstruction. The trimaran will continue sailing south from San Fernando at the end of October this year. Upcoming passage around Cape Horn – a very difficult matter. According to Kovalevsky, it can only be done in December or January.
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.