THE SECOND CIRCUMNAVIGATION
of the yacht "Apostol Andrey"
On October 14, 2001 a famous Russian yacht
"Apostol Andrey" started its second circumnavigation.
In 1996–1999 this yacht of the Moscow Adventure
Club carried out the first unprecedented circumnavigation
around the Eastern Hemisphere, establishing three world records
at the same time:
- for the first time a circumnavigation was carried out
along the meridian;
- for the first time the route of the voyage crossed the
waters of all four Oceans of our planet;
- for the first time in the world seafaring history a sailing
vessel had crossed the Northeast Passage.
The Royal Cruising Club of the Great Britain
acknowledged the first expedition on the yacht "Apostle Andrew"
as the most outstanding achievement in the world seafaring
The first sailing was carried out under
the blessing of His Holiness Alexey II, Patriarch of Moscow
and all Russia. His Holiness gave the name "Apostol Andrey"
to the yacht.
The route of the second circumnavigation
of the yacht "Apostol Andrey" will pass around the Western
Hemisphere and would be no less difficult and fascinating.
The Russian yacht will start in St. Petersburg and after crossing
the Atlantic Ocean she will reach the coast of the Antarctica.
Paying the tribute to the Russian first explorers of the sixth
Continent, the crew will visit the Russian Polar Station "Bellingshausen"
and the Island of the Peter the Great in the Bellingshausen
Sea. Then the seafarers will continue their route over the
Pacific Ocean to Alaska. A sailing along the northern shores
of Alaska and the channels of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
would become the culmination point of the route.
In case of successful completion of the
voyage the yacht "Apostol Andrey" would become the first Russian
yacht which has sailed through the Northwest Passage.