The 14th stage of the Sails of the Spirit humanitarian mission
Colorful presentations of the project and the First World Congress for Persons with Disabilities (Yekaterinburg, Russia, September 2017) are planned in Stockholm, Oulu, Turku, Kuressaare, Liepaja, Klaipeda, Kaliningrad, and other cities and towns along the way. Together with the presentations, the team is going to have meetings with youth and social organizations, Russian language communities, athletes, and representatives of local authorities. The traditional inclusive sailing championship will take place on June 10-12 in Yekaterinburg before the expedition.
Uldis Mežulis and other members of the Latvian yacht-club “Auda” are going to be in charge of sailing and training the team during the expedition. Yachtsmen of the “Auda” are winners of many international regattas. The idea of the Sails of the Spirit project belongs to Oleg Kolpashchikov from Russia, who is in charge of the humanitarian program of the expedition.
Among other members of the team are Yevgenia Malyshko, an expert on inclusive education and social rehabilitation from Moscow, Vladimir Rudak and Vladimir Bush, rock musicians from Petrozavodsk and Krasnoyarsk, Pavel Erlich and Boris Khokhonov, artists from Hamburg and Yekaterinburg. We will also have a blind folk dancer from Nepal, Sristi KC, who will perform her vibrant dancing routines, and last but not least Marc Aufrant, the vice-president of the Valentin Haüy Association, Paris.
We welcome everyone who wants to take part in the expedition! You can join an event or a leg of the boat trip. We are waiting for creative and positive people, sailors, representatives of social and youth organizations – people of ALL abilities.