Over the weekend, the trimaran crew began the preparation for crossing the Atlantic Ocean, which is going to start in the middle of October and last for two months. Besides, the crew met the pupils of Leisure Centre of Russian culture, where a concert was prepared for the circumnavigators. Today, on October 12, Russian Ocean Way plans to leave the Canary Islands and sail for the Cape Verde, where the passage to Brazil will begin.
The crew decided to perform diagnostics of the vessel, execute some welding works and rigging modernization works so that the passage through the Atlantic is safe. The vessel has no counterpart in the world therefore some units have to be reprojected and to be made by oneself or in local workshops.
For example, one of the essential refinements of the trimaran is its full sealing-in:
“Since sea water constantly gets into the tent, you have to wash even clean clothes because of constant humidity”, — Evgeny Kovalevsky told.
Besides, all things necessary are being bought to spare: fuel, provision, ropes, fastening.
“At the present moment we are trying to set our navigation device to show the weather forecast. It will be much-needed for the Atlantic passage”, — Stanislav Berezkin told in turn, — We have stocked up on solar panel and wind generator controllers as well. I hope energy loss will not be a worry for us now, consequently, the navigation will function properly and everyone will be able to follow us.”
On Saturday, October 9, the circumnavigators went to Adeje, which is located 75 km south of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The pupils of Leisure Centre of Russian culture and their parents were waiting for them there. The children greeted Evgeny, Stanislav and Ildar with creative performances and ardent curiosity, and their parents greeted them with true Russian hospitality. All the families present at the meeting are international. Traditionally, Stanislav and Evgeny told about the purpose of their long voyage, showed the route of the expedition inspired by the first Russian circumnavigators. And, for sure, they shared the adventures which happen during the voyage with young listeners.
The team of the round-the-world expedition is grateful to our compatriot Sergey Kazannikov, who helped the crew with transfer service on several occasions during the stay on the island.