The crew of the yacht "Siberia" reached the coast of Brazil. On December 3rd, the ship left the city of Recife and is currently located in the area of the Brazilian resort Arembepe . The expedition team announced this in its official group on the social network Facebook.
"The “Siberia” yacht is sailing along the coast of Brazil, without entering its territorial waters. We are sailing at a speed of 6-7 knots. About 50 km are left to El Salvador," the message said.
The crew of the round-the-world sailing expedition on the yacht "Siberia" has been travelling for almost five months. On July 7th, the ship departed from Omsk and has sailed more than 10 thousand nautical miles. Through the Siberian rivers, the expedition members reached the Arctic Ocean, and now, having passed through the White Sea-Baltic Canal and the Baltic, they entered the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Up to the southern African city of Cape Verde, the crew of the yacht had struggled with the weather.
“The ocean met us very interestingly. At first we got winds up to 52 knots and waves more than six meters high. The “Siberia” heeled twice so that the water poured loudly over the bulwark and flooded the deck. The wind tore the foam from the wave crests and pulled it in strips across the surface of the water. Honestly, I did not see such a "concert" either in the first round-the-world trip of the "Siberia", or in this one. The only silver lining of the situation was the fair wind and a following sea , and that, moving down the wave, the "Siberia" generated a speed of more than nine knots ", Alexander Dekelbaum, a member of the expedition, shared.
Having passed the storm, the expedition group went into temperate waters; it managed to reach speeds of up to 150 miles per day, and reach the equator in eight days.
The next destination of the expedition will be Salvador. To reach the shores of this city, the yacht has to cover about 50 km. Then the ship will make a stop in Rio de Janeiro and, having passed the three Argentine cities of Buenos Aires, Rio Gallegos and Ushuaia, will head for Antarctica. According to the expedition plan, the crew should reach the Russian Antarctic station “Bellingshausen” on January 27th, 2020.
We would like to remind you, that the sailing round-the-world expedition to Antarctica started in July 2019. The project is implemented with the support of the Presidential Grants Fund. The international trip is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by Russian sailors, Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev. The yacht crew, consisting of members of the Omsk regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society, will travel around the word in 15 months, with a stop at the “Bellingshausen” Antarctic research station. The team follows the route on the yacht "Siberia" - a two-masted Bermuda ketch with a ballast lifting keel, on which round-the-world navigation along the Northern Sea Route took place in 2000-2001. The expedition will end in October 2020. You can learn more about the journey and track the team’s route on the expedition website sibir2020.ru.