International humanitarian mission

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


July 3-6

From 3 to 6 July in Gdansk (Poland) inclusive events organized by the team “Sails of the spirit” will be held in the framework of the festival Baltic Tall Ships. Inclusive freediving, round table, concert and sailing on a specially equipped catamaran are planned.

The event will be held as part of the Baltic stage of the international humanitarian expedition “Sails of the spirit” with the support of the State atomic energy Corporation “Rosatom”. The expedition began on June 13 and will end on July 9, 2019, passing through the cities of Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Denmark. The expedition takes place on a sailing-motor catamaran “Kani Keli”, the crew of which includes 10 people with disabilities and people without disabilities from different countries.

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.

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 team will be headed by Uldis Mezhulis, yachtsman of Riga yacht club “Auda”, multiple winner of international races. The ideological inspirer of the project and the head of the humanitarian program of the expedition is Oleg Kolpashchikov.

The program:

July 3Arrival in Gdansk, meeting the expedition. Parking on the place of the festival Baltic Tall Ships.
July 410.00-12.00

Seminar on inclusive interaction. Venue: Miejski Ośrodek Pomocy Rodzinie Konrada Leczkowa 1 a road, 80-432 Gdańsk.


Freediving seminar.


Presentation of the project “Sails of the spirit”. Inclusive workshops (“Trip between worlds”, “Culinary show of blind chefs”), inclusive creative evening in the Russian centre of science and culture.

Anastasia Proskuryakova, Mikhail Olekhov, representatives of the Russian center of science and culture will participate in the concert.

July 510:00-12:00

Round table “Transforming the world through inclusive interaction”. Participants: organizations of people with disabilities in Gdansk.

Venue: Russian centre of science and culture.

July 610:00-12:00

Inclusive city tour in Gdansk.

Seeing off the expedition. Crossing to Klaipeda

We invite representatives of the administration, people with disabilities, representatives of organizations working with people with disabilities, volunteer organizations.

We invite representatives of the press!

We will be happy to respond to proposals for events from partners interested in the development of inclusion and sailing.

Detailed information about the “Sails of the spirit” project, the conditions of participation and the necessary training is available here: A detailed description of the 16th stage of the “Sail of the spirit” expedition is available here:

To track the route of the catamaran, please follow the link

Partners of “Sails of the spirit” project:

  • State Atomic Energy Corporation «Rosatom»;
  • Federal Agency “Rossotrudnichestvo”;
  • LLC Institute of management design and competitive strategies;
  • Freediving club Aqualibrium;
  • The Russian centre for science and culture in Gdansk;
  • Fundacja Zobaczyć Morze im. Tomka Opoki.


Oleg Kolpashchikov,

The head of the project

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


Maria Moskvina,

The manager of the project

Tel.: +7 (912) 290 00 46