Dedicated to the expedition of F.F.Bellingshausen
and M.P.Lazarev on the sloops "Vostok" and "Mirny",
which discovered the Antarctica.
THE YACHT "APOSTOL
IS GOING TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE ANTARCTICA
On September 14, 2004 a famous yacht
"Apostol Andrey" started a new circumnavigation.
The yacht went to the shores of the Antarctica and sailed
around it without going further to the north beyond the 60-th
parallel, which is the border of the Antarctic region in accordance
with the International Agreement. The crew established the
record of penetrating of sailing yachts to the south – crossed
the 70-th parallel of the south latitude.
A popular Russian magazine "Vokrug Sveta"
is a co-organizer of this circumnavigation.
Two hundred years ago, for the first time in history, the
two Russian ships "Neva" and "Nadezhda"
under the command of Ivan Kruzenshtern and Yuriy Lysyansky
circumnavigated the globe. Since that time the long-distance
voyages – as a rule they were circumnavigations – became the
regular events in the activities of the Russian Navy, The
government took appropriate measures to guarantee a permanent
presence of the Russian fleet in the Ocean. Our sailors charted
hundreds islands, the north and the east coasts of Asia, the
northwest part of America. But the most significant achievement
had become the discovery of the Antarctica in 1820, made by
Faddey Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev. In summer 1819
the sloops "Vostok" and "Mirny" sailed
from Kronshtadt, 185 years later the yacht "Apostol Andrey"
will also start its route to the shores of the Antarctica.
In 2005 there was the anniversary of the regular Russian
explorations of the sixth continent - fifty years ago the
first Soviet Antarctic expedition started to work.
The triumphal circumnavigation was finished in St. Petersburg.
On August 5, 2006 the yacht "Apostol Andrew"
arrived in Kronshtadt exactly on the same day when 185 years
ago the sloops "Vostok" and "Mirny" returned
to the native harbour. And on September 1 the famous yacht
was greeted by citizens of Moscow and Mayor Yury Luzhkov at
the berth of the Moscow Museum Reserve "Kolomenskoye".