International humanitarian mission

“Sails of the spirit” – “Transforming the world through inclusive interaction”



From September 14 to October 3, 2019 the Mediterranean stage of the expedition “Sails of the spirit” with the support of the State atomic energy Corporation “Rosatom” will be held in Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt. The catamaran will cover the route Marmaris (Turkey) – Antalya (Turkey) – Kumkuyu (Turkey) – Tasucu (Turkey) Limassol (Cyprus) – Alexandria (Egypt) – Marmaris (Turkey). The expedition will include people with disabilities and people without disabilities from different cities and regions of Russia, Latvia, Sweden, Armenia and other countries.

The team of “Sails of the spirit” is engaged in the preparation and implementation of inclusive activities: yacht expeditions and regattas, social and cultural activities, in order to form a new positive model of interaction between people with disabilities and society.

Since 2011, inclusive (including people with disabilities) teams have been on fifteen expeditions in different parts of the world.

The goal of the “Sails of the spirit” project is the development of the inclusive yachting as an open model of manifestation of special talents and abilities of a person.

This year, the cities of the Mediterranean Sea will host Days of inclusion, which will include seminars on inclusive interaction, inclusive workshops and environmental events, flash mobs, round tables, inclusive concerts and training on inclusive sailing.

The team will be headed by Reinis Mezhulis, yachtsman of Riga yacht club “Auda”, multiple participant of the “Sails of the spirit” project. The ideological inspirer of the project and the head of the humanitarian program of the expedition is Oleg Kolpashchikov.

In Limassol, the team was joined by: Aryuna Soktueva – a blind girl from Buryatia; Andrey Kolmakov – head of the rehabilitation center from Yekaterinburg; Larisa Yudina – singer; Samvel Rostomyan – President of the Armenian National Federation of Disabled Sports.

The expedition takes place on the Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 M Lady Sophie sailing-motor catamaran, the crew of which includes 10 people with and without disabilities.

September 26 in Limassol on the radio station Russian Wave Cyprus was held an interview with the participants of the project “Sails of the spirit.” The project “Sails of the spirit” was presented during the conversation during the live broadcast, the topics of inclusive interaction were raised. The speakers were: Oleg Kolpashchikov (blind head of the project “Sails of the spirit”, President of ANO “WHITE CANE”), Anna Mirkina (Prizewinner of the Cup of Russia in wheelchair dancing).

September 26 held freediving session in the open sea.  Members of the team “Sails of the Spirit” took part in the dives. As the instructor was Savvas Savva from Free2Dive school.

On September 28, was a meeting with representatives of public organizations. At the meeting, there was a presentation of the Sails of the Spirit project

On September 28, the 4th stage of the Cyprus open sailing Cup took place. The competition was participated by members of the expedition “Sails of the spirit” and won a prize.

A detailed description of the Mediterranean stage of the “Sail of the spirit” expedition is available here:

To track the catamaran route, please follow the link

Partners of the humanitarian mission “Sails of the spirit” in 2019:

  • State Atomic Energy Corporation «Rosatom»;
  • Federal Agency “Rossotrudnichestvo”;
  • Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan;
  • Coordinating Council of Organizations of Russian Compatriots in Turkey;
  • LLC Institute of management design and competitive strategies;
  • Travel company “Eldorado tour”.


Oleg Kolpashchikov,

The head of the project

Tel.: +7 (906) 810-22-88


Ivan Biryukov

The manager of the project

Tel: +7 (913) 100 40 93