On August 2, the seaport near Amsterdam became the next stage on the way of the world’s first circumnavigation on a sailing frame-inflatable trimaran called “Russian Ocean Way” during the two-year international expedition “Following the paths of Russian explorers”, organized by Tomsk department of the Geographical society (RGS).
On the occasion of this outstanding event in Russian diplomatic mission in Hague, a reception was held with the involvement of the crew of the trimaran, Evgeny Kovalevsky as the conductor of the expedition, and Stanislav Berezkin, as the shipman of the vessel.
Russian Ambassador to Netherlands Alexander Shulgin emphasized in his opening speech that travelers have an important and responsible mission that is to remind the international society of the contribution Russian navigators of the XIX century made to the geographical map of the world, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the continent of Antarctica by Russian sailors F. Bellingshausen and M. Lazarev and 250th anniversary of the birth of I. F. Krusenstern. Alexander Shulgin also said that on the last Sunday of July, Russian celebrates the Navy Day that played a leading role in our country’s efforts for expansion of the seas and the oceans.
According to the Honorary Consul of Russia in the Netherlands, Baron Konstantin Van Floten, the Dutch consider the expedition and the arrival of the Russian vessel as an international educational project.
His Grace Elisha, Archbishop of the Hague and the Netherlands blessed the travelers on a round-the-world expedition and wished them a fair wind and safe travels.
After the official part, a video conference was organized with members of the Sailing Association of the Netherlands and Russian compatriots. The crew of the trimaran willingly shared their impressions of the world’s first circumnavigation. The participants of the expedition emphasized that a sailing frame-inflatable trimaran was specially constructed for these purposes. The travelers gave answers to numerous questions received during the lecture.