Inclusive yachting
"Sails of the Spirit"

We invite people with disabilities and people without disabilities to take part in expeditions and regattas of the "Sails of the Spirit" in various regions of the world! Details of participation in the project are at the end of the article.

Idea and founders
Inclusive yachting is
  • Round-the-world expedition on a sail-motor ship with the participation of people with disabilities;
  • Sailing regattas with the participation of people with disabilities;
  • Inclusive sailing centers.


The development of inclusive yachting as an open model for the manifestation of special talents and abilities of a person.

The history of the expeditions "Sails of the Spirit"

The idea of traveling around the world on a sailing yacht belongs to Sergei Burlakov.

Sergei Burlakov, parasportsman. Despite his disability, in 2004 he took part in the New York City Marathon and won, overcoming 42 km on prostheses. Manages an advertising agency in the city of Taganrog, Rostov region.

In August 2011, Sergey shared his plans with Oleg Kolpashchikov, who became interested in the topic of inclusive sea travel, and already at the first meeting in Taganrog, a joint decision was made to start implementing the project.

Oleg Kolpashchikov, totally blind. President of the public organization for increasing the social and business activity of the disabled "WHITE CANE" in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk region.

The idea is that sailing is going to be carried out by people with physical disabilities, they are also people with special abilities - extrability. In October 2011, an unusual team led by Master of Sports Viktor Klokov went to Croatia for the first training session. This event is considered to be the start of the Sails of the Spirit project.
Project mission
The idea of the project is realized thanks to inclusive crews. In conditions of long transitions, people with disabilities manifest themselves, reveal their extrability - previously hidden talents and abilities. And it has a beneficial effect on all participants.
To a greater extent, extrability is developed in people with disabilities. People with disabilities actualized such abilities, having previously experienced a deep psychological crisis, but emerged victorious from it.

Working with an inclusive crew and the unpredictability of sailing creates the conditions for developing hidden talents and abilities, rethinking the values ​​of all participants through interaction and transfer of personal experience. The development of extrability is based on a sense of inner dignity, mutual respect and the value of experience in overcoming crisis life situations.
Sails of the Spirit is a community of people who are able to motivate others by their example.

Sociocultural events within the framework of expeditions and regattas

Each stage of the Sails of the Spirit project includes active social, cultural and educational activities along the route of the expeditions and within the framework of regattas (round tables, seminars, inclusive workshops, concert performances, art performances, flash mobs, exhibitions, etc. ).
We are grateful to:
  • State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom";
  • JSC Concern Rosenergoatom;
  • Beloyarsk NPP;
  • Directorate of the Baltic NPP;
  • Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States "Rossotrudnichestvo";
  • Administration of the Governor and the Government of the Sverdlovsk Region
  • Sverdlovsk Sailing Federation;
  • Sailing Federation of the Kaliningrad region;
  • Government of the Kaliningrad region;
  • Sailing Federation of Sevastopol;
  • Armenian National Federation of Disabled Sports;
  • Museum of the World Ocean;
  • Yacht Club "Ost-West" (Kaliningrad, Russia);
  • Yacht club "Komatek - Sports Russia", Yekaterinburg;
  • Yacht Club "Auda", Riga, Latvia;
  • Yacht Club 51 (Sevastopol);
  • Freediving club Aqualibrium (Moscow);
  • Kovcheg NGO (Kaliningrad, Russia);
  • "WHITE CANE Sevastopol" NGO;
  • Valentin Gayuy Associations (Paris, France);
  • Organization "Extrability. Latvia";
  • "Regional Narcological Hospital" "Ural without drugs";
  • Sverdlovsk Regional Medical College;
  • Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don;
  • LLC "Promsystem";
  • Kurgan Meat Processing Plant "Standard";
  • Inter RAO-Engineering Company;
  • Tartu Mill Company, Tartu, Estonia;
  • Public organization "Es redzu", Latvia;
  • Public organization "Zeilen met Visie", the Netherlands;
  • Ministry of Social Policy of the Kaliningrad Region
  • Administration of the city district of Zarechny
  • Kaliningrad Regional Sailing Federation
  • St. Petersburg Regional Public Organization
  • social and cultural development and improvement of the quality of life of the population"
  • Movement"
  • City club RIVIERA in Zarechny
  • Institute of Management Design and Competitive Strategies LLC
  • Yacht Club "Lords of the Sail"
  • Society of the Blind in Liepaja (Latvia);
  • ANO "TSVIRIT" (Chelyabinsk);
  • Sverdlovsk Regional Special Library for the Blind, Yekaterinburg;
  • Group of companies "Tashir", Moscow;
  • Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan;
  • Travel company "Eldorado Tour", Yekaterinburg.
World Expedition Leader

Kolpashchikov Oleg

Project coordinators
Vasilyeva Irina

Klimenko Diana