International humanitarian mission

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


15 October 2019

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.

The expedition will be held on a sailing-motor catamaran ” Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 M “ Lady Sophie”, the crew of which will include 10 persons with disabilities and without disabilities.

On September 15, 2019, the official opening of the Mediterranean stage of the Sail of the Spirit expedition will take place. Representatives of public organizations, media representatives are invited to the opening.

Seminar “Inclusive Engagement”. The seminar will include practical training for students on the rules of inclusive interaction. Students will learn the rules for interacting with people with disabilities, and will also take part in practical exercises on inclusive interaction.

Partners: Marmaris Belediyesi (Administration of Marmaris), Marmaris Kent Konseyi, Russian Society for Culture and Cooperation of Marmaris (Marmaris Rus Kültür ve İşbirlği Derneyi), Engelli ve Aileleri Birliği Derneği.

Further you can find the detailed program of events in Marmaris.

Date City Schedule
17.09.2019 Marmaris Kültür Merkezi 12.00-14.00 Official opening of the expedition. Workshop “Inclusive Interaction”, round table “Transforming the World through Social Innovation”.


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 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;
  • 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 Birukov

The manager of the project

Tel: +7 (913) 100 40 93