A youth historical and patriotic yacht voyage "Black Sea Memory Sails - 2020" started on August 11, at the museum and exhibition complex of the Russian Geographical Society "Konstantinovskaya Battery" to a volley of a midday cannon. The voyage is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory, the 275th birthday anniversary of Admiral F.F. Ushakov, the 250th anniversary of the naval Battle of Chesme, the 230th anniversary of the naval Battle of Kerch Strait under the command of Admiral F.F. Ushakov, the 200th anniversary of the launching of the heroic brig "Mercury", and the 175th anniversary of the creation of the Russian Geographical Society.
The voyage is conducted by the Sevastopol branch of the Youth Army and the regional branch of the Voluntary Society for Assistance to the Army, Aviation and Navy of Russia, with the support of the Yachting Federations of Sevastopol and the Republic of Crimea. The project involves two Sevastopol yachts, "Lady Rose" and "Dream"; as well as the yacht "Success" of Admiral Ushakov State Maritime University from Novorossiysk. In total, 25 people participated in the voyage. Half of them were participants in the specialized, sea and river, courses: cabin boys/girls of the Youth Army and cadets of Admiral Ushakov State Maritime University.
The yachts will follow the route Sevastopol - Feodosia - Kerch - Sevastopol. During the voyage, its participants will receive real maritime knowledge and skills, as well as study the glorious maritime history of Russia. At the points of yacht calls, the cabin boys/girls of the Youth Army will visit memorable places, lay flowers at memorials and monuments.
One of the main patriotic activities of the campaign will be the laying of flowers and a wreath on the water south of the port of Yalta. It will take place in the sea area, where on November 7, 1941, the hospital transport ship "Armenia" sank, and more than 6 thousand people on board were killed by Nazi bombs during the evacuation voyage. The event will take place on 13 August.
The voyage will end on 23 August. It is planned that yachting voyages "Black Sea Memory Sails" will become annual for the youth of the “Yunarmiya” (the Youth Army).
In 2017, in Sevastopol, the first stage of the Konstantinovskaya Battery Museum and Exhibition Complex, restored by the Russian Geographical Society, was opened for visitors.
The Konstantinovskaya Battery was built in the 19th century to close off the entrance to Sevastopol Bay for the enemy ships. The complex is located at the northern end of the bay of the same name, on Konstantinovsky Cape. The fortress is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Sevastopol. This is one of the main symbols of the city, each stone of which is saturated with the glorious history of Russian maritime traditions and exploits.
The Russian Geographical Society carried out a large-scale reconstruction of the citadel. The builders restored the battery according to old drawings, which were provided by the Russian State Archive of the Navy in St. Petersburg. Today the fortress is a unique open-air museum: the battery casemates house a historical exhibition open to the public.