Russian vessel sets out on Pacific memorial tour

16:02, July 01, 2011      

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The Russian sailing vessel Pallada left here Friday for a three-month trans-Pacific memorial tour, a spokesman for vessel owner the Far Eastern State Technical Fisheries University said.

The three-month cruise is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Yury Gagarin's first space flight and to the 270th anniversary of the discovery of Russian America by Russian seafarers, according to the RIA Novosti news agency.

"The route of the sailboat stretches along the coast of North America, the lands that were discovered by Russian seamen in the middle of the 17th century and which are now Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. The sailboat, with cadets onboard, will pay visits to ports of the United States, Canada and Japan," the spokesman said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited the Pallada Thursday and met the crew during his trip to Vladivostok, in Russia's Far East.

The three-mast Pallada has been listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest sailing vessel in the world, with a speed exceeding 18 knots.

Pallada has been a star for Russia, winning many international festivals and races. It has also been visited by celebrities, such as Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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