Sails of the Spirit is an international sailing initiative founded by people with visual disabilities from Russia. Its purpose is to develop international inclusive cooperation and to create opportunities for people of all abilities to take part in yachting activities. The project started in 2011 and since then its inclusive teams have made 10 preparatory stages and visited the Andaman, North, Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Black Seas and Lake Baikal.
Colorful presentations of the project and the First World Congress of People with Special Needs that is taking place in Yekaterinburg in 2017 will be organized in Göcek, Antalya, Kyrenia, Haifa and Tel Aviv. Together with the presentations, the team is planning to hold meetings with youth organizations, Russian language communities, sportsmen, prominent representatives of local authorities and society.
Alexander Bayev and Viktor Klokov, winners of many Russian and international regattas, are going to manage and train the team during the trip together with Jānis Ēlerts from Latvian yacht-club “Auda”. The idea of the Sails of the Spirit project belongs to Oleg Kolpashchikov who is in charge of the humanitarian program of the expedition.
Among other members of the team are Yevgenia Malyshko and Sergey Parakhin, experts on inclusive education and social rehabilitation from Moscow and Marc Aufrant, the vice-president of the Valentin Haüy Association, Paris.
Sails of the Spirit is an international inclusive sailing initiative.
Photo: The Baltic Sea stage, 2014
The trip is divided into 4 weeks. Everyone can join the inclusive team to cover several hundred miles on the yacht that will visit a different port every day. During stopovers, you are free to ride a bicycle, visit a presentation or plunge into the atmosphere of authentic places of Turkey, Cyprus or Israel. Going on a trip with an inclusive team, you are bound to make a lot of friends who enjoy a full life. You will gain sailing skills and mates, interactions with whom will help you develop talents. The most active and positive holiday is waiting for you!
A week of participation in this expedition costs 950 euros and it is 480 euros for people with special needs. This price includes accommodation on the yacht in a double cabin, stays in ports and yacht-clubs and food. It does not include transport expenditures. Exact points of the trip are in the table below.