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Sails of the Spirit – 2016
A unique inclusive expedition in Latvia
July – August 2016
Organizers of the Sails of the Spirit events in Latvia are
– WHITE CANE NGO (Yekaterinburg, Russia)
– Yacht Club AUDA (Riga, Latvia)
– Liepaja Society of the Blind (Liepājas Neredzīgo biedrība)
The 13th stage of the Sails of the Spirit project is taking place on 1 July – 23 August 2016 in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. LOVER, a sailing catamaran, starts from Saint Petersburg and is going to be in the French town of Ouistreham by the end of August. The distance is approximately 3000 sea miles. The crew will be inclusive, i.e. it will consist of people with and without disabilities (we prefer to say “people of ALL abilities”) 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 12 preparatory stages and visited the Andaman, North, Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Black Seas plus Lake Baikal and Sevan.
The catamaran LOVER is going to visit Liepaja on 26 July with a colorful presentation of the Sails of the Spirit expedition at the catamaran in Liepaja Port. During the event guests will also learn about the First World Congress for People with Special Needs that is taking place in Yekaterinburg, Russia in 2017. Members of the team will be eager to show everyone around the catamaran but with a blindfold on! This will be one of inclusive activities at the presentation. There also will be an art competition. You can find details below.
The expedition team includes Latvian yachtsmen from the Riga yacht-club “Auda” as well as Yevgenia Malyshko, a historian from Moscow, who, being blind, works as a tour guide, and many other participants of different inclusive projects. The idea of the Sails of the Spirit belongs to Oleg Kolpashchikov from Russia, who is in charge of the humanitarian program of the expedition and will lead the presentations in Latvia.
Everyone is welcome to join the event, get to know members of the unique inclusive sailing team, visit a real ocean catamaran (may be for the very first time!) and take part in various activities. Don’t forget that staying in Liepaja is also significant since it it’s the middle point on the route of the expedition!
The detailed plan of the Sails of the Spirit events in Latvia is as follows:
16:00 – Catamaran LOVER arrives in Ventspils.
17:00 – Presentation of the Sails of the Spirit project at the catamaran LOVER in Ventspils Port. Details on the presentation: Anastasija Proskuryakova, +371 20 071 080.
7:00 – Departure from Ventspils to Liepaja with representatives of the Liepaja Society onboard.
14:00 – The catamaran stops in Pavilosta to take onboard everyone who wants to join the inclusive team on their way to Liepaja. If you would like to make this sea voyage please contact Maris Ceirulis to register. Maris’ contact information is given below.
22:00 – Catamaran LOVER arrives in Liepaja Port.
9:00 – All participants meet in Liepaja Society of the Blind for networking and a welcoming coffee break.
9:30 – A round table discussion on inclusion and universal design until 10:15, which continues with a tour around the Liepaja Society of the Blind until 11:30.
11:45 – A guided tour of the Beach accessibility complex, swimming workshop and testing of equipment for persons with disabilities. A guided tour of Liepaja urban environment (guidelines, tactile maps, tactile modules, introduction to the audio equipment of public transport for people with disabilities in Liepaja, etc.).
14:00 – Departure of all participants to Ziemupe, Soul Relieve Garden.
14:30 – Lunch.
15:30 – A guided tour of the Soul Relieve Garden.
17:00 – Coffee break, discussion about the results of the day in the context of universal design.
18:00 – Departure back to Liepaja.
19:00 – Presentation of the Sails of the Spirit project at the catamaran in Liepaja Port. Art competition and presentation of handicrafts of people with disabilities. The best masterpieces will be taken to the destination point of the expedition in France.
20:30 – Informal communications and cultural activities.
Together with representatives of the Klaipeda Association of the Blind the catamaran will start to Lithuania.
Sails of the Spirit expedition is proud to announce a sailing art competition.
The competition is open for people of all ages and abilities. The works of art will be shown and evaluated at the catamaran in Liepaja Port on 26 July during the Sails of the Spirit presentation.
Themes: the Sails of the Spirit expedition – 2016 from St. Petersburg to Paris, route of the expedition, points of destination, sailing, sea. You can present works in any kind of art: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and so on.
The jury will evaluate the presented works of art in two categories: Children and Adults. Winners in both categories will get memorable prizes and their works will be taken to Paris and shown there on 23 August.
All presented works will be judged by the following criteria:
1. Interpretation and the clarity of the theme (Sails of the Spirit expedition – 2016).
2. Creativity and originality of the depicted theme.
3. Quality of artistic composition and overall design based on the theme.
4. Overall impression of the art.
The jury of the competition includes Maris Ceirulis, the head of the Liepaja Society of the Blind, and other participants of the expedition.
To take part in the competition please bring your work to the catamaran in Liepaja Port on 26 July BEFORE 19:00 OR bring it please to the office of the Liepaja Society of the Blind:
Liepājas Neredzīgo biedrība
Ganību ielā 197/205, Liepāja, LV-3407
tel: (+371) 634 31535, mob: 22007874, fax: 634 07115
Partners of the Sails of the Spirit expedition
Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo
Association Valentin Haüy (France, Paris)
Eldorado Tour Travel Company
State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom
Yacht Club AUDA
KMK Standart LLC
Sverdlovsk Regional Special Library for the Blind (Yekaterinburg, Russia)
St. Petersburg State Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Liepaja Society of the Blind (Liepājas Neredzīgo biedrība)
Liepaja Port (Liepājas osta)
Klaipeda Association of the Blind (Lietuvos aklųjų ir silpnaregių sąjunga)
The Non-governmental Organization “Es redzu” (biedrība „Es Redzu”)
You can find detailed information about the Sails of the Spirit project here:
In Facebook: "Sails of the Spirit" - "Паруса духа"
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Questions about the Sails of the Spirit events in Latvia?
Cell phone: +7 (906) 810-22-88
Cell phone: +7 (912) 642 69 03
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