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«Phaethon» flight to the dream of the commander

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You can’t be confused with the shape of FD sail…

You can’t be confused with the shape of FD sail…

– What did you make up, Larisa, – Sergey Safronovich Kislyakov was saying, no, singing with warm in his voice. He met us on the yacht SPREY. Did you come to repair Flying Dutchman?! Look! Nobody remembers about it. It has been in the barn for 20 years.

– Why did they forget about it?

– It was the time when everybody survived as he could. But it is an amazing boat. Of course we’ll do. Did Yura just give you «Voldemar»?

The commodore is getting ready to manage the rudder of the sailing «machine»

The commodore is getting ready to manage the rudder of the sailing «machine»

– No, but we agreed to renovate it and it will work.

– I can see my old friend. Can you imagine how much will it cost?

– To be honest I don’t know. But we can try to find a cheaper option. Okay, I am going to get my holiday money and invest them in the repairing. I also have a centerboard and some sails from Sevastopol. It means that we need only a mast and a wheel… – I replied fondly. I didn’t really understand why the men who took part in our talk fell in laugh.

This is the fastest yacht of our fleet

This is the fastest yacht of our fleet

– Larisa, what’s a cheaper option? What are you talking about? This is a shell, an elite group of European racing yachts. FD is a 20 feet high racing dinghy. The crew consists of two people. FD still is one of the fastest dinghies of the world. This is the «machine» on the water. When it is flying everything is singing. Can you imagine how much you have to do to exploit FD? After the season was over Yura and me started to repair it. It took us as much as winter. But we‘ll do it if you need it. Not now. Now we have too many orders. But I promise we’ll do it as soon as we have time.

Using the wire is a great labor and unforgettable impression!

Using the wire is a great labor and unforgettable impression!

– I saw it flying in Sevastopol. There were 5 of them. That’s why I would like to restore the historical justice on our VIZ.

– You are not just doing the terms of the contract. You are going to realise your mission. Of course we’ll help you.

Flying Dutchman is prowling the expanses of Verh-Isetsk Sea

Flying Dutchman is prowling the expanses of Verh-Isetsk Sea

The senior commodore was confused at the beginning.

– What did you make up again? Isn’t it enough to have yachts and cars? Wasn’t it enough to have a flight from Tyumen after which you were about to die? Or all those Moscow troubles with jet planes? Doctors told you to stop, not to overload your spine. You can turn out your neck as a result of your sport experiments. Then he changed his mood and even gave us a financial support. During three years we were looking for the money, still advancing our repair work and waiting for the equipment…

Our dream came true on the day of the opening 45 navigation of Caravel. Two great events took place on that day. We launched a new yacht of the Ural class «shturman» built by our guys and instructors as well as a repaired yacht of the world racing class FD – «Phaethon». The name came from nowhere. To give a sport yacht a bird’s name is a tradition. Phaethon is the name of one of the fastest birds flying over the ocean.

The flight by «Phaethon» can arise a lot of emotions for any yachtsman

The flight by «Phaethon» can arise a lot of emotions for any yachtsman

I want to say that for the first time after 2007 I felt happiness, life, speed, flight. I’ve got the feeling that even strange dreams really come true thanks to people. I greatly appreciate support of Vladislav Krapivin, Yuriy Kriuchenkov, Vsevolod Domozhirov, Ivan Popov, Dmitriy Kamenscchik, Igor Bessonov, Valeriya Bolikhiva.

Larisa Krapivina, a commodore of Carabela squadron

photo: Gleb Deryabin, a captain of Carabela squadron

translated from Russian by Irina Vetoshkina 1st year journalism student


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