Members of the unique expedition "Following the Russian circumnavigators" are preparing their trimaran Russian Ocean Way, which reached the shores of Brazil at the end of December, to continue the journey. Now Evgeny Kovalevsky and Stanislav Berezkin are removing all components that need to be replaced from the vessel and are conducting a full inspection before starting the main work.
"Currently, the trimaran is in the port of Mucuripe in Fortaleza, Brazil. For this, many thanks to the President of the port, Ms. Mayhara! The crew is preparing the vessel for the next voyage along the coast of Brazil from Fortaleza to Cabedelo,” says Evgeny Kovalevsky, head of the expedition of the Tomsk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society.
According to him, if everything can be done quickly, then in two weeks the trimaran will set off again and the expedition will continue south along the east coast of South America.
"We’re removing the components, conducting the inspection. The bottoms of all three hulls need to be cleaned – they have gotten covered in algae and barnacles. The hulls literally get overgrown in two or three weeks. If you don’t clean them, the speed slows down a lot,” explains Kovalevsky.
In the meantime, new episodes of the documentary "The World Through the Eyes of Modern Russian Travelers" continue to be released on the expedition's YouTube page. A series of videos tells about the difficult journey from Kronstadt to Fortaleza, which the brave Russians made in six months.
The next, fifth, episode tells about the trimaran’s stop in Stockholm and interesting meetings that took place in the Swedish capital.
On July 1, 2021, Siberian travelers Evgeny Kovalevsky and Stanislav Berezkin set off along the route of the first Russian round-the-world expeditions of the 19th century: Ivan Krusenstern’s (1803–1806), Yuri Lisyansky’s (1803–1806), Otto Kotzebue’s (1815–1818, 1823–1826), Vasily Golovnin’s (1817–1819), Fyodor Litke’s (1826–1829), Thaddeus Bellingshausen’s and Mikhail Lazarev’s (1819–1921). The international project of the Tomsk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society "Following the Russian circumnavigators” is dedicated to the 250th birthday anniversary of Krusenstern and the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by the Russian sailors. For a long time, these events 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 website of the expedition.