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«Phaethon» or one dream way’s

The badge «Flying Dutchman»

The badge «Flying Dutchman»

The story dates back to the year 2010. In August within the program «Carabela-South» held at the Sevastopol yacht club we trained on a large cruising yacht, but also had time to put to sea on small nimble Cadets. There we were invited to participate in the city sailing championship. We were glad to propose one of our crews – Peter Krapivin, a helmsman and Anton Orlov, a trimmer.

Peter Krapivin and Anton Orlov during the pre-race training (Kazachya Bay of Sevastopol in 2010)

Peter Krapivin and Anton Orlov during the pre-race training (Kazachya Bay of Sevastopol in 2010)

The race results surpassed all our expectations. The boys showed their best. Of the 40 crews our ambitious Ural guys not only could get into the top ten – frankly, we couldn’t dream of more taking into account a high level of the Sevastopol racers – but also managed to keep in the top fives.

It was at that time during equipping in the yacht club I saw Flying Dutchman at work for the first time. It was an amazing, totally incomprehensible picture. In seconds the boat caught the wind in the sails and almost flew off the pier. In a moment it was near the Monument to the Wrecked Ships. I forgot about the race, nor did I care the overall excitement on the shore, I was just standing and looking in enchantment at this amazing boat flying over the waves. She really flew at an absolutely mind-boggling speed. I was then that I had a dream! I dreamed that the «Carabela» fleet had such a yacht.

S.S. Kislyakov, Yu. V. Kryuchenkov, the bearer of the dream, and Ivan Popov on the day of putting The Flying Dutchman afloat and opening Carabela's 45th navigation season (June 4, 2014)

S.S. Kislyakov, Yu. V. Kryuchenkov, the bearer of the dream, and Ivan Popov on the day of putting The Flying Dutchman afloat and opening Carabela

Actually, not really understanding how it would happen, and why we need her, but to be honest, I became mad about the Flying Dutchman – the best, the fastest, the most beautiful (in my opinion!) racing boat in the world. And when a person has a dream, he does not think about the price (it was the first thing the guys from Dutchman in Sevastopol told me: «Want a Dutchman? It is a ve-e-e-ry expensive toy. Because it is an auto on the water!» But when they saw my eyes, on my question whether it is possible to get somewhere at least an old suit of sails, they answered: «Well, we’ll have a look through our stock». Later they brought a new suit, and in addition gave me a centerboard . Anybody who has ever seen a FD’s centerboard will understand that in fact, it was a gamble – to lug all that stuff from Crimea to Yekaterinburg in a car stuffed with children, rucksacks, tents and souvenirs. But we managed to do that.

Dreams come true. The helmsmen P. Krapivin and A. Orlov – medalists of the Sevastopol 2010 championship. We set new high goals!

Dreams come true. The helmsmen P. Krapivin and A. Orlov – medalists of the Sevastopol 2010 championship. We set new high goals!

So, thinking over a Dutchman I returned to Yekaterinburg. At first our squadron was skeptical about the idea of restoration of some unintelligible boat. Some people especially the senior commodore said that it was absolutely hopeless and incomprehensible adventure. As for developing sport classes by Carabela and putting our sailors to cadets or optimists – it was considered as a backward step since we had always been proud of our identity and uniqueness of our fleet.

But there were those, who supported the idea at once, Seva Domozhirov in particular. He started with a small souvenir – a badge «FD» to wear on a jacket. For a year sails and daggerboard were kept in the squad. In August 2011 at the opening ceremony of the International Sailing Regatta «Cup of Yekaterinburg» President of Sailing Federation Yuri Kryuchenkov learned about my dream. He asked me immediately and directly «Be frank, Larisa what will you do if I give you a hull?»

We are going on the «Dream», the «Phaethon» is following us

We are going on the «Dream», the «Phaethon» is following us

A bit shocked I answered «I’m going to repair it and sail on it. We invite you if you want.» Earlier I have heard there was a Dutch fleet in the VIZ and many people studied there. You and Kislyakov were among them. Nowadays there aren’t any boats at all. This is wrong!

Kryuchenkov: «Well, I believe you. So, let’s do it this way: tomorrow you’ll move your car to the yacht-club, gather your guys and call me.»

The next day came. My guys and I arrived at the meeting place on time. The head of the yacht-club met us and led to the empty elling. Not really understanding what was happening I called Kryuchenkov again «Yuriy Vladimirovich, where is the yacht?»

The «Faethon» yacht classified as «Flying Dutchman» appeared on the expanse of the Verkh-Iset pond after a 20 year break (helmsman – V. Domozhirov, crewman – I.Popov)

The «Faethon» yacht classified as «Flying Dutchman» appeared on the expanse of the Verkh-Iset pond after a 20 year break (helmsman – V. Domozhirov, crewman – I.Popov)

The answer was simple: «Just raise your head…»

It was a totally mystical picture. In the huge empty elling, right under the ceiling, the plastic hull of FD was hanging fastened with hawsers. A stranger could not see it nor to put it down. Our guys fussed for about two hours climbing up the walls unbinding hawsers and carefully bringing the «valuable load» down.

«Look, Krapivina, – said Kryuchenkov, – I’m giving you the most precious thing. It is my boat. Sergei Kislyakov and I competed on it and won a lot. Remember, you’ve promised me to repair it.»

«In fact we are going to take it to Sergei Safronovich Kislyakov to repair it right now» – I answered.

to be continued…

Larisa Krapivina, a commodore of Carabela squadron

Picture from the Carabela press-center archives

Translated from Russian by Pavel Arkhipov, Aleksandra Novikova, Anastasia Melnikova, Yekaterina Cheremnykh (journalism students)


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