2017 July 19 13:40
On July 17th, a festive welcome of the legendary four-masted barque "Sedov" took place at Passenger Port of St. Petersburg.
The training sailing boat set out to the Baltic Sea from the port of Svetly in the Kaliningrad region on June 18th along with 114 cadets from maritime educational institutions of Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Kerch and Kaliningrad. Young sailors have sailing training for two months.
During practice the vessel will visit the ports of Den Helder (the Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Halmstad (Sweden), Kotka and Turku (Finland), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Szczecin (Poland) and Rostock (Germany). The vessel will also take part in the international regatta of large sailing ships The Tall Ships Race 2017 (STI). The completion of the training is scheduled for August 18th in Kaliningrad.
Having passed the necessary qualification tests on board of the Sedov, some cadets completed their training sail today and disembarked at Passenger port of St. Petersburg. Examination commissions awarded and confirmed the working qualifications of the "watch sailor", "ship electrician" and "motorman" to 77 trainees.
At the end of the event there was organized an excursion on the vessel for Port representatives. In accordance with the maritime tradition the general director of “PP of SPb MF” PLC Vadim Kashirin has handed to the captain of the sailing vessel "Sedov" Victor Nikolin a memorable plaquette in honor of the first vessel call to the Port.
For almost 80 years STS Sedov is the largest traditional sailing ship in operation (the Guinness World Record). Today it is a sail training vessel, training cadets from the universities of Murmansk, Saint Petersburg and Arkhangelsk. The ship was built at Krupp shipyard in Kiel, Germany in 1921. The length is 117.5 meters, the displacement is 7,320 tons, the crew is 240 people, the sail area is 4192 square meters. In May 2017, Sedov changed its home port to Kaliningrad and now it is managed by the Kaliningrad State Technical University.