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.