A solemn meeting (800 participants) was held on this occasion on the 33rd pier: there were cadets, parents of seafarers and other public. The festive program of events was full of various performances on the pier: members of youth center of FESTFU were singing and dancing, the music was played by the orchestra of the Pacific fleet. Deputy head of Rosrybolovstvo Vasily Sokolov, Chairman of the legislative Assembly of Primorsky Kray Alexander Rolik, as well as Chairman of the Vladivostok City Duma Andrey Brik addressed the participants of the regatta with official speeches.
Vasily Sokolov read the welcoming speech by the head of Rosrybolovstvo Ilya Shestakov to the crew of the vessel. Ilya Shestakov stressed the high state mission and responsibility of the upcoming campaign: "I am sure that you will overcome all natural disasters as our outstanding compatriots did 200 years ago – I mean Russian seafarers Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev." Vasily Sokolov said: "May you always have wind in your sails and a hand-width of water under your keel! "
Greetings and congratulations from the Deputy corps of Primorsky Krai and the Chairman of the legislative Assembly of Primorsky Krai Alexander Rolik were addressed to the crew of the training sailing ship Pallada. "Today you begin writing another glorious page of the history of the Russian Fleet. Similarly, 200 years ago, the dwellers of Kronstadt were seeing off the sloops of Bellingshausen and Lazarev which were setting off to the First Russian Antarctic expedition. Your sailing you will pay tribute to the memory of this event and continue the tradition of the great Russian seafarers," – he said.
In addition, the solemn event was attended by the FESTFU rector Oleg Shcheka and the rector of the KSTU Vladimir Volkogon, whose sailing vessels will soon join the Russian expedition.
After the official ceremony, the ship's crew and guests boarded the ship. There was the symbolic transfer of banners to the Captain of the Pallada -The Victory banner in honor of the upcoming 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, as well as the flag of the EMERCOM of the Russian Federation, the Vladivostok Maritime Assembly and the Olympic Committee of Russia.
Metropolitanate Vladimir of Vladivostok and Primorye held a prayer service for the travellers and blessed the crew and personnel of the training sailing vessel Pallada. After the noon gunfire the training vessel left the port for her third circumnavigation.
Mst Nikolai Zorchenko has several world expeditions under his belt. This time the round-the-world expedition will last about eight months, the return to the home port of Vladivostok is scheduled for June 9, 2020. During the 27,120 nautical mile voyage the Pallada will call at 9 foreign ports, including Apia, Papeete, Valparaiso, Ushuaia, Cape town, Port Louis, Singapore, Moire and Nagasaki.
Totally 100 cadets from FESTFU, Kamchatka State Technical University, the far Eastern Nautical School and Vladivostok Marine Fishing College and shipboys will take sea practice on Board of the vessel. Foreign trainees will join them as well. Pallada will spend 195 days at sea out of 222 days planned for the round-the-world expedition.
Source: the press service of the FESTFU