International humanitarian mission

“Sails of the Spirit 2020” – “Formation of an inclusive culture”



“Formation of an inclusive culture” — this is precisely the goal facing the team of the Sail of the Spirit project in 2020. This year it is planned to organize two large expeditions to the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas in summer and autumn, respectively, as part of the seventeenth phase of the humanitarian mission.

From June 24 to July 12, the first expedition will take place in Russia, Latvia, Finland, Sweden, Lithuania. The sea route will pass through Riga (Latvia), Turku (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), Ventspils (Latvia), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Kaliningrad (Russia). The expedition includes people with disabilities and people without disabilities from different regions of Russia and other countries. The expedition will end with an international inclusive sailing festival in the Kaliningrad region.

The next expedition starts on September 19 and ends on October 2 in Turkey. A multi-day inclusive cruise ship regatta and social and cultural events will be held in Marmaris, Kas, Antalya, Tasuku and Mersin. The seventeenth stage of the Sailing Spirit humanitarian mission will be held with the support of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom.

For the first time in the history of the project, in the 17th stage, the expedition to the Mediterranean Sea will take place in the form of a regatta. What is the difference between a regular expedition and a regatta? During the expedition, a sailing yacht with a crew follows from port to port and carries out social cultural, educational and sports events with people with disabilities. During the regatta, transitions between ports are carried out as part of the competition. Inclusive crews in the Mediterranean on two yachts will compete in both the ability to control sails and subjugate the wind, and the ability to manage inclusive interaction.

The Sailing Spirit season kicks off in Uzbekistan on April 2 and 3. On May 8, 2020, in Kaliningrad, participants in the inclusive Sailing Spirit project will go to sea to give military honors to Baltic sailors who died in the Baltic during World War II. At the point of giving military honors in the Baltic Sea, fleet servicemen, veterans and guests will lower wreaths and flowers, honor the memory of the fallen soldiers with a moment of silence. The action is timed to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The laying of wreaths will be the opening of the Sail of the Spirit 2020 season, where the main event will be an expedition to the Baltic Sea (Latvia-Finland-Sweden-Lithuania-Russia). Between the expeditions, an inclusive sailing camp based on the Armenian Camp on Lake Sevan is planned at the end of August, within the framework of which an inclusive water sports festival will be held in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.

Inclusive sailing festivals will be held in a number of cities where the nuclear power plant is present. June 1-2 in the city of Zarechny (Sverdlovsk region), June 11-12 in the city of Balakovo (Saratov region), July 10-12 in the city of Baltiysk (Kaliningrad region). In late July and early August, similar festivals will be held in Desnogorsk (Smolensk region) and Volgodonsk (Rostov region), respectively.

At the preparation stage, the Taganrog-Mersin-Taganrog expedition, which is planned to be carried out in parallel with the expedition in the Mediterranean Sea. Detailed information will appear after agreement.

Also on October 5-7, it is planned to organize an inclusive sailing festival “Sails of the Spirit” in Egypt in Cairo and Alexandria. The event will include regatta, seminars, concerts and round tables.

In addition to sailing festivals and regattas, the mission of the humanitarian mission will be holding round tables, inclusive games and competitions, meetings with representatives of public organizations and activists, seminars and webinars in the areas of inclusive volunteering and interaction. The goal of the Sail of Spirit project is the development of inclusive yachting as an open model for the manifestation of special talents and abilities of a person.

The captain of the expeditions will be Uldis Mezhulis, a yachtsman of the Riga yacht club “Auda”, a multiple winner of international races. The ideological inspirer of the project and the head of the humanitarian expedition program is Oleg Kolpashchikov. Samvel Rostomyan will lead the inclusive camp in Armenia. The leaders of the expedition stages will be the blind Yulia Shumova (president of ANO TSVIRIT, associate professor of the Department of Modern Educational Technologies at SUSU), Evgenia Malyshko (tour guide) and Anastasia Proskuryakova (head of Extrability-Latvia organization).

We invite you to take part in expeditions and regattas. Anyone can join the Sails of the Spirit. This is not only the acquisition of sailing yacht management skills, but also the interaction with interesting and open people. You can ask questions and learn more from the organizers. The schedule of the expedition and inclusive events can be found in the Appendix. Detailed information about the Sail of the Spirit project, conditions of participation and necessary preparation is available at: We also invite to our team the organizer of social cultural, educational and sports events, the coordinator of social

Partners of the Sails of Spirit humanitarian mission in 2020:

  • State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom;
  • «Rosenergoatom» Joint Stock Company;
  • ROO Sverdlovsk Federation of Sailing;
  • NGO “Armenian National Federation of Disabled Sports”;
  • The blind society of the city of Liepaja (Latvia);
  • ABC Society in Turku (Finland);
  • Kaliningrad Regional Sailing Federation;
  • Kaliningrad Regional Public Organization of Disabled People “Kovcheg”;
  • Yacht Club Ost-West (Kaliningrad);
  • Non-profit organization “Extrability Latvia”;
  • ANO TSVIRIT (Chelyabinsk);
  • The Russian Geographical Society;
  • NGO “Millennium”;
  • Branch of the Finnish Blind Society in Turku;
  • Organization Zobaczyc Morze (See the Sea) (Poland);
  • Armenian National Federation of Invalid Sports (ANFIS);
  • Taurages Ratukų Sąjungos;
  • Inclusive Sailing Center Armenian camp;
  • NGO  “White Cane” (Armenia);
  • Marmaris Association of Disabled and Families;
  • Coordination Council of Russian compatriots in Turkish Republic.;
  • Society of Disabled Persons of Turkey, Mersin;
  • Rural House of Russian Culture (Tashuju);
  • Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan;
  • Rotary yacht club (Alexandria);
  • Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo);
  • Government of the Kaliningrad Region;
  • Klaipeda Social Assistance Center;
  • Ural Federal University (UrFU);
  • Ural State Pedagogical University (Ural State Pedagogical University);
  • South Ural State University (SUSU);
  • Southern Federal University (Rostov-on-Don);
  • Tashkent State Pedagogical University named after Nizami
  • Wingate Institute (Israel);
  • Provincial Yacht Club “Komatek”;
  • Travel company “Eldorado Tour”;
  • LLC “Institute of Management Design and Competitive Strategies”;
  • The Museum of the World Ocean.

Organizer contacts:

Oleg Kolpashchikov

the head of the project

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


Anastasia Prytkova,

project manager,

Tel: +7 (982) 721-67-51,


Victor Klokov,

project coordinator,

Tel: +7 (928) 164-33-80,


Uldis Mezhulis,

Captain of the Baltic Sailing Spirit expedition


Samvel Rostomyan,

head of an inclusive sailing center

Armenian Camp on Lake Sevan

Tel./WhatsApp: +374 – 91 – 425481,


Alexander Varkhameev,

Project Coordinator “Sails of the Spirit”

in the Kaliningrad region,

Tel: +7 906 239-70-04


Events of the 17th stage of the Sail of the Spirit project in 2020

Date Location Event

Sails of the Spirit in Uzbekistan

April 2020 Uzbekistan “Presentation of the project” Sails of Spirit 2020 ”

Inclusion Day and Youth Inclusive Games “

Beginning of the contest “The Best Inclusive Volunteer“ Sails of Spirit – 2020 ”

Baltic Sea Expedition

May 8


Exit to the sea to render military honors Baltic sailors who died in the waters of the Baltic during the Second World War
June-July 2020 Russia, Yekaterinburg Training camps and Inclusive sailing regatta
Latvia, Riga Training camps and Inclusive sailing regatta
Start of the marine expedition
Baltic Sea Expedition along the route Riga (Latvia) – Turku (Finland) – Stockholm (Sweden) – Ventspils (Latvia) – Klaipeda (Lithuania) – Kaliningrad (Russia)
Russia, Kaliningrad Completion of the sea expedition
International Inclusive Sailing Festival “Sails of the Spirit – 2020” in the Kaliningrad Region

“Sails of the spirit” in the cities of the NPP presence

June 1-2, 2020 Zarechny, Sverdlovsk Region Inclusive sailing festival “Sails of the Spirit – 2020”
June 11-12, 2020 Balakovo, Saratov Region Inclusive sailing festival “Sails of the Spirit – 2020”
July 10-12, 2020 Baltiysk, Kaliningrad Region Inclusive sailing festival “Sails of the Spirit – 2020”
July 2020 Desnogorsk, Smolensk Region Inclusive sailing festival “Sails of the Spirit – 2020”
August 2020 Volgodonsk, Rostov Region Inclusive sailing festival “Sails of the Spirit – 2020”

“Sails of the Spirit” in Armenia

August-September 2020 Armenia, Armenian camp Inclusive sailing camp, including sailing on Lake Sevan. Inclusion Day.
Armenia, Yerevan Inclusive Sailing Festival “Sails of Spirit in Yerevan”

Mediterranean expedition

September-October 2020 Turkey,


Inclusion Day. Start of the Mediterranean Expedition
Средиземное море Mediterranean Sea Expedition along the route

Marmaris (Turkey) – Antalya (Turkey) – Mersin (Turkey) – Antalya (Turkey) – Marmaris (Turkey), which includes a multi-day inclusive cruise ship regatta.

Turkey, Mersin Inclusion Day
Turkey, Marmaris Completion of the marine expedition.
Egypt, Alexandria Inclusion Day
December 2020 Summing up the contest “The Best Inclusive Volunteer“ Sails of Spirit – 2020 ”(as part of the International Scientific and Practical Conference“ Extrability as a Phenomenon of Inclusive Culture ”)

Balic Expedition SAILS OF THE SPIRIT-2020 (Detailed Route of the Baltic Expedition)

Departure Arrival NM Route 1200 nm
1 day 0 Riga (LAT) -Sail boat regata
25.06. 28.06. 280 Riga (LAT) – Turku (FIN)
29.06. 0 Turku (FIN)
30.06. 02.07. 170 Turku (FIN) – Stockholm (SE)
03.07. 0 Stockholm (SE)
04.07. morning 05.07. evening 160 Stockholm (SE)- Ventspils (LV)
06.07. 0  Ventspils (LV)
07.07. 08.07. morning 110  Ventspils (LV) – Klaipeda (LT)
08.07. 0 Klaipeda (LT)
09.07. 10.07. morning 120  Klaipeda (LT) – Kaliningrad (RUS)
10./11./12.07. 0 Kaliningrad (RUS)
13.07. 15.07. 300 Kaliningrad (RUS) – Riga (LV)

Mideterrian Expedition SAILS OF THE SPIRIT-2020 (Detailed Route for the Mediterranean Expedition)

Departure Arrival NM Route 700 nm
19.09. 20.09 90 Marmaris (TUR)-Kas (TUR)
  21.09. 0 Kas (TUR)
22.09 23.09. 100 Kas(TUR) – Antalya (TUR)
  24.09. 0 Antalya (TUR)
25.09. 27.09. 190 Antalya (TUR)-Tasucu(TUR)
28., 29.09. 0 Tasucu (TUR)
30.09 03.10. 320 Tasucu (TUR)- Marmaris (TUR)