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05 Октября 2013 | Наталья Астанина | Прочтений: 27974

Sailing over oceans on inflatable catamaran

The circumnavigation was attained by sailing the inflatable catamaran the first time in human history!

Flying the flags of Russia and the Russian Geographic Society, the circumnavigation was attained to glorify Russia!

Brief history of circumnavigation

The first attempt to sail the ocean on an inflatable catamaran was undertaken in autumn of 2006. In spring of 2007, the attempt was successfully completed: the Pacific ocean was sailed over from the United Arab Emirates to Thailand. The travelers from three Siberian regions (Novosibirsk, Tomsk, and Kemerovo) took part in this first-in-the-world sailing expedition: Anatoly Kulik, Evgeny Kovalevsky, Yuri Masloboev, Gennady Pikalov, and Pavel Gridin.

After success of this extraordinary ocean passage in February 2008, the captain from Novosibirsk, Anatoly Kulik, announced an official beginning of the world's first circumnavigation on sailing inflatable catamaran. The subsequent five-year navy epic occurred in four stages.

The first stage was in 2008. The Siberian crew went over the same route as in 2006, but in the opposite direction: from Thailand to the United Arab Emirates. This was a persuasive evidence for the skeptic yachtsmen; the evidence suggested about crew's stamina, safety and floatability of the inflatable catamaran as well as about the absence of an accidental success in the first oceanic passage.

In 2009, the sailing over the Indian ocean continued and the crew reached Seychelles. The consensual opinion of the leading yachtsmen from the near-ocean states, which were passed by the expedition, recognized novelty of the unusual sailing vessel built based on the inflatable balloons.

In 2010, the no-analogue navy project proposed to attain the complete circumnavigation over the planet by sailing over the Indian ocean, the Atlantic, and the Pacific during several years; the project was taken under wing of the Russian Geographical Society and was included in the Program of the expeditions of the Tomsk Branch of RGS.

The primary sponsor was the NL International company. During this five-month stage, marine travelers accomplished seemingly impossible task: the three-balloon sailing catamaran took off from Mauritius in the Pacific in December, 2010. Then, trimaran passed by Madagascar and finished in South America (Brazil) on March 28, 2011. While crossing the Atlantic, the vessel did not accost any islands (Saint Helena and Ascension Island) where the sailors traditionally stopped; the food and water reserves were not replenished. While on route over the Atlantic and Indian ocean, the crew withstood the strong winds, great waves, ash breezes, and scorching sunshine.  The crew managed serious vessel repairs and multiple shark attacks. Three world records in the Russian Book of World Records were recorded following the results of the expedition.

The final stage of the expedition lasted from March, 2012 to March, 2013 and was the longest one. The passage from Brazil to Mexico, unaccomplished at the previous stage, took three months this time. The crew sailed over the greatest ocean on the planet, named “the Pacific” by Magellan; it took nearly a year. Magellan was mistaken. In the Pacific, majority of typhoons are born; the Pacific generates three thirds of clouds on the planet; this very ocean set the “mission impossible” task for the pioneers.

Having withstood several hundred squalls, avoided wicked storms, resisted huge waves up to nine meters high, prevented pirate seizure attempts, survived shark attacks, managed  numerous vessel break downs, and withstood the hardest psychological stress of the long-term autonomous sailing, the crew of four people made the finish in the Chalong bay at the Phuket island, Thailand, where the circumnavigation began in 2008 from. The first in the world circumnavigation over the planet on inflatable sailing vessel was successfully accomplished! Date of the finish is March 25, 2013.

Brief description of the expedition milestones

The first milestone (2008): the start from the Phuket island (Thailand) in February, 2008; the finish in the United Arab Emirates. Distance: 7,000 km.

The second milestone (2009): over the Indian ocean from India to the Seychelles. Distance: 3,600 km.

The third milestone (2010 – 2011): from the Seychelles (the Indian ocean) to Brazil around South Africa over the Atlantic. This route, one of the most difficult ones for sailing vessels, signified the seminal uniqueness of the Siberian Pacific project. Distance: 12,000 km.

The fourth milestone (2012 – 2013): the longest. Distance: 33,000 km!

The expedition started in March, 2012 from the Fortaleza harbor (Brazil) and passed over the Atlantic via the Caribbean islands and countries to Mexico. In Mexico, the sailing vessel was disassembled, transferred to the Pacific coast, and reassembled again. The 27,000-km Pacific passage, from Mexico to Thailand, accosted the Galapagos Islands, Polynesia, Melanesia, and Indonesia and was completed at the Phuket island on March 25, 2013.

The sailing circumnavigation took five years: from February 17, 2008 to March 25, 2013. The distance of sailing over the Indian ocean, the Atlantic, and the Pacific exceeded 55,000 km! The expedition replaced the sailing vessels four times.

The route for sailing circumnavigation

Thailand – Maldives – India –  Seychelles – Madagascar – South Africa – Brazil – Mexico – Galapagos Islands – Tahiti – Papua New Guinea – Indonesia – Thailand.

The sailing circumnavigation was attained in a framework of the expedition “Over Oceans with Energy Diet” with flaying the flags of Russia and the Russian Geographical Society. 

Scientific research in the expedition

The expedition carried out the research tasks of the Russian Geographic Society (Tomsk Branch), Russian Academy of Sciences (Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science; Institute of Atmospheric Optics), FASIE (Bortnik Fund, Moscow), Research Institute of Semiconductor Devices (Tomsk), and ИНКОМ (Tomsk).

The final crew

Anatoly Kulik, 58, Novosibirsk: captain, leader, author, inspirational leader of the sailing circumnavigation project, Distinguished Traveler of Russia, catamaran designer, and the member of the Russian Geographical Society.

Evgeny Kovalevsky, 55, Tomsk: deputy leader of the expedition, master of sports on athletic tourism, Distinguished Traveler of Russia, Russian two-time champion on athletic tourism, employee of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the member of the Russian Geographical Society.

Stanislav Berezkin, 44, Novosibirsk: navigator, Russian champion on sailing tourism,  employee of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the member of the Russian Geographical Society.

Evgeny Tashkin, 39, Berdsk: videographer, photographer, and the member of the Russian Geographical Society.

During the entire expedition, a composition of the crew had been changing and included a total of 15 people overall.

Only two individuals, the travelers with the longstanding experience in extreme sports, distinguished with the highest sport degrees and titles, participated in the navy project from the beginning in 2006 to the end in 2013: the captain from Novosibirsk, Anatoly Kulik, and the traveler from Tomsk, Evgeny Kovalevsky.

Summary

The main achievements have been registered as the world-class records in the Russian Athletic Tourism Union Registry and in the Russian Book of World Records. They are also in the process of review by the experts of the Guinness Book of Records. The chief editor of the Russian Book of World Records, A. Svistunov, referred to the transoceanic circumnavigation expedition as to “global-scale event that will make it into the textbooks and encyclopedia”.

The legendary Russian polar explorer, Artur Chilingarov, highly praised the transoceanic assignment and compared it with the achievements of Thor Heyerdahl.

The crew is certain that the achievements of the Russian athletic travelers will leave a mark on history of marine navigation as the first sailing circumnavigation on inflatable vessel designed and built in Russia!

 

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