International humanitarian mission

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


June 18

From June 13 to July 9, 2019, in Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Denmark with the support of the State atomic energy Corporation “Rosatom” the Baltic stage of the expedition “Sails of the spirit” will be held. The catamaran will take the route Riga (Latvia) – Klaipeda (Lithuania). The expedition includes people with disabilities and people without disabilities from different cities and regions of Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Poland 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 Baltic sea countries will host days of inclusion and regattas.

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.

In 2019, for the first time in the framework of the “Sails of the spirit” project, a research will be conducted on what competencies the participants of inclusive interaction in the conditions of yachting acquire.

In addition, for the first time stages of the expedition entrusted to lead to blind activists from Latvia and Russia.

The expedition will be held on a sailing-motor catamaran “Kanikele”, the crew of which will include 10 persons, which will change during the expedition.

In Turku (Finland) the team of “Sails of the spirit” will meet with the Russian society ABC, the Finnish society of the blind. In addition, the participants will hold an inclusive communication training, inclusive workshops and a music evening.

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

June 18 Turku A trip to the island “Vepsaa”. Meeting with ABC society, Finnish society of the blind, inclusive communication training, inclusive games, inclusive music evening, friendly lunch

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:

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

  • State Atomic Energy Corporation «Rosatom»;
  • Federal Agency “Rossotrudnichestvo”;
  • LLC Institute of management design and competitive strategies;
  • Russian-speaking youth club ABC;
  • A branch of the Finnish blind society in Turku.


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