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The famous sailing yacht "The Apostle Andrew" calls at Vladivostok on Thursday
The yacht set out on its third circumnavigation from St Petersburg on September 14, 2004. The circumnavigation is dedicated to the 19th-century expedition of ships Vostok and Mirny, led by Faddei Bellinshausen and Mikhail Lazarev. The expedition had discovered Antarctica. The yacht's crew has four-members: Nikolai Litau (skipper), Anatoly Semyonov, and Andrei Balymov (all of Russia) and Kewin Cadby, a New Zealand journalist and yatchtsman. The Apostle Andrew covered more than a half of the planned route. When the yach was at a distance of 700 miles from the Antarctic coast, the steering assembly broke down, interrupting the attempt at circumnavigating Antarctica. After repairs at the New Zealand port of Wellington, the crew steered the yacht to Vladivostok to await the commencement of new Antarctic navigation. An official in the press service of the yacht club Seven Feet,. which played host to the circumnavigators, has told Itar-Tass that the Apostle Andrew will stay here for about three months, after which it will return to the Antractic shores for another attempt at completing the circle around the Ice Continent. The yacht, which was built in Tver in 1996, carried out its 1st circumnavigation in 1996-'99, sailing around the Eastern hemisphere and for the first time cruising along the Eastern Sea Route. During its 2nd circumnavigation, the yacht sailed around the Western hemisphere and went through the North-West Passage coastwise Alaska and Canadian Arctic Islands, bypassing Greenland
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