International humanitarian mission

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


3 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” was 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. In Cyprus, the team was joined by: Andrei Kolmakov (head of social adaptation at the Ural Without Drugs Association), Soktueva Aryuna (a blind girl from Buryatia, a children’s nurse, volunteer), Samvel Rostomyan – President of the Armenian National Federation of Disabled Sports.

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 October 3, 2019, the Sails of the Spirit team returns to Marmaris. The program of events is planned: a visit to the society of disabled people of Marmaris, a meeting with the mayor of Marmaris, a seminar and presentation of the project in the Martha rehabilitation center for children with mental disabilities.

A flash mob is planned on the central promenade near the Ataturk monument. members of the Sails of the Spirit team, representatives of the Marmaris Society of Disabled People, people with disabilities and without, hand out flowers to tourists and citizens of the city of Marmaris.

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.

03.10.2019Marmaris Society of the Disableda12.00 -13.00 Meeting with representatives of the Marmaris Society of the Disabled
03.10.2019City Hall of Marmaris13.30 – 14.00 Meeting with the Mayor of Marmaris
03.10.2019Marta’s rehabilitation center for children with mental disabilities14.30 – 15.30 Visiting a rehabilitation center for children with mental disabilities
03.10.2019Promenade, Ataturk monument16.00 – 16.30 Flash mob – giving flowers to passers-by

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;
  • Coordinating Council of Organizations of Russian Compatriots in Turkey;
  • 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 Biryukov

The coordinator of the project

Tel: +7 (913) 100 40 93