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03.07.2017 Author: LNB

International Humanitarian Mission Sails of the Spirit – 
Baltic Inclusive Sailing Festival, Latvia 
July 6-10, 2017

The 14th stage of the Sails of the Spirit humanitarian mission is taking place on June 15 – July 16, 2017 in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Russian Federation. A sailing catamaran KANI-KELI will start from Stockholm and is going to be in the city of Kaliningrad by the middle of July covering approximately 2000 nautical miles in 6 countries. The expedition is supported by the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom. Its team will be inclusive, meaning it will consist of people with and without disabilities from different regions of Russia and other countries of the world.
Sails of the Spirit is an international sailing initiative founded by people with visual disabilities from Russia. Its purpose is to develop international inclusive cooperation and to create opportunities for people of all abilities to take part in yachting activities. The project started in 2011 and since then its inclusive teams have made 13 preparatory stages and visited the Andaman, North, Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Black Seas and Lake Baikal.
Colorful presentations of international inclusive projects and the First World Congress for Persons with Disabilities (Yekaterinburg, Russia, September 2017) are planned in Stockholm, Oulu, Turku, Kuressaare, Liepaja, Klaipeda, Kaliningrad, and other cities and towns along the way. Together with the presentations, the team is going to have meetings with youth and social organizations, Russian language communities, athletes, and representatives of local authorities.
Renis Mežulis, a yachtsmen  of the Auda sailing club, a winner of multiple races, is going to be in charge of sailing and training the team during the expedition. The idea of the Sails of the Spirit project belongs to Oleg Kolpashchikov from Russia, who is in charge of the humanitarian program of the expedition.
From July 6 to July 9 several humanitarian events will take place in Vetspils and Liepaja: presentations of WHITE CANE’s inclusive projects and of the First World Congress for persons with disabilities, creative and practical workshop, meetings with representatives of socially engaged organizations and the city administration. Among other members of the team there are a blind tour guide Evguenya Malyshko (Moscow), an artist and the author of the Blind Art project Boris Khokhonov (Yekaterinburg), a member of the noncommercial association “Urals without Drugs” Andrey Kalmykov (Yekaterinburg), the vice-president of Association Valentin Hauy Marc Aufrant (Paris). Representatives of the Russian Federation, Sweden, Latvia, France, Germany, Nepal and other countries are taking part in different legs of the expedition.

Events scheduled in Latvia
July 6 2017
Sailing from Ventspils to Liepaja, with the participation of representatives of the Liepaja society of the blind
Route: Ventspils – Pavilista; Pavilista – Liepaja.

July 7 2017
10 am – 12 pm – workshop “Guided tours with blindfolded eyes” for blind participants in the Liepaja society of the blind. The workshop will be led by Oleg Kolpashchikov (the leader of the Sails of the Spirit project, the president of WHITE CANE NGO) and Evgueniya Malyshko (a blind tour guide at the sensory project “Walks in the dark”, Moscow). Venue: the Liepaja society of the blind.

2 pm – 4 pm 
– the round table “Inclusion as culture: the inclusive city” at the Liepaja society of the blind (or the city administration).
Themes of the round table: 
- Inclusion in the city infrastructure
- The Frist World Congress for persons with disabilities 
- Inclusive social project management
- Cross-rehabilitation.
Participants of the round table:
1) Oleg Kolpashchikov, the leader of the Sails of the Spirit project, the president of WHITE CANE (Yekaterinburg)
2) Evguenia Malyshko, a blind guide of the sensory project “Walks in the dark” (Moscow)
3) Andrey Kalmykov, a representative of the noncommercial association “Urals without drugs” (Yekaterinburg)
4) Representatives of the Liepaja society of the blind. 
Venue: the Liepaja society of the blind. 

14:00-15:00 – 
1) Мастер-класс «Экскурсии с закрытыми глазами» для слепых в сопровождении слабовидящего гида.
Venue: the Liepaja society of the blind

July 8 2017
2 pm – 4 pm – the performance “Blind Art” under the supervision of the Urals-based artist Boris Khokhonov, the presentation of the First World Congress for persons with disabilities on the board of the ocean catamaran KANI-KELI.
Venue: next to the hotel “Promenade”, by the city tactile scheme. 
2 pm – 9 pm – a freediving course for an inclusive team. 
The leader is Konstantin Borisov, the senior instructor, the international AIDA judge (Moscow). Experienced freedivers from Liepaja and Russia will be assisting. 
Venue: 
2 pm – 9 pm – the big swimming pool of the Liepaja Olympic center (Brīvības iela 39, Liepāja, LV-3401).

July 9 2017
8am – 2pm – a freediving course for an inclusive team
The leader is Konstantin Borisov, the senior instructor, the international AIDA judge (Moscow). Experienced freedivers from Liepaja and Russia will be assisting. 
Venue: 
8 am – 2 pm – the big swimming pool of the Liepaja Olympic center (Brīvības iela 39, Liepāja, LV-3401).
1 pm – 3 pm – the performance “Blind Art” under the supervision of the Urals-based artist Boris Khokhonov. Venue: the Liepaja society of the blind (Ganību ielā 197/205, Liepāja, LV-3407).

Join the inclusive team!
We welcome everyone who wants to take part in the expedition! You can join an event or a leg of the boat trip. We are waiting for creative and positive people, sailors, representatives of social and youth organizations – people of ALL abilities. The schedule of the expedition can be found below. 
Detailed information about the Sails of the Spirit project is here: extrability.org/en/sails-of-spirits

Partners of the Sails of the Spirit expedition in 2017
State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom
Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo
Kovcheg NGO (Kaliningrad)
Association Valentin Haüy (France, Paris)
Liepaja Society of the Blind
Eldorado Garant Tour Travel Company (Yekaterinburg)
Komatek yacht club (Yekaterinburg)

More information about the expedition:
Oleg Kolpashchikov
Cell phone: +7 (906) 810-22-88
E-mail: ok.urals@gmail.com
Anastasia Kharlamtseva
Cell phone: +7 (966) 708 03 07
E-mail: hard_crash@inbox.ru


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