The world of seas and oceans is open to the sailing ship "Mir"

Those who distinguished themselves in Operation Sail are awarded at price-giving. The award ceremony was held in the presence of Prince Henrik, the consort of the Queen of Denmark. The captains of Soviet ships were invited to the awards six times. By tradition, they went out together with the youngest crew members.

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Yacht captains K. Sukhov (Iskra, Latvian Shipping Company), I. Minetas (Audra, Lithuanian Shipping Company), I. Ulyanov (Akela, SZRP) won awards for the first, second and third places in the yacht division, respectively with spinnakers. Our "Flora" (BMP) won the prize for the second place in the division of yachts without spinnakers. This is how the collection of trophies for the victories of Soviet yachtsmen in this sailing regatta was replenished. An account was opened for them in the first race. It won in their divisions "Linda" (captain R. Print, EMP) and "Forward" (captain B. Khryashchev, BMP). The already mentioned "Iskra" became the third prize-winner at the same time.

... The winners in class "A" are awarded - the Sedov bark and the Bulgarian barkentina Kaliakra, which finished after it. A young man named Paul, the future navigator of the British merchant fleet, is going to receive the award for third place with the captain of the Mir. He, in a group of cadets from England, was doing sailing practice on a Leningrad ship and turned out to be the youngest in age. After the prize-giving, the young Englishman said:

- It is a pity that we will have to say goodbye to Mir, to friends, to everyone who taught me. The practice was great. It just flew by very quickly.

The British - Paul's peers - did not hide their tears on the day of farewell to the cadet brothers, to the crew, to the ship itself. What, according to Lukhmanov, is called “the fairy tales of the floating miles, ” brought the future sailors of the two countries closer together. I remember the English and Russian songs with a guitar and the desperate, friendly work "elbow to elbow" on the yards above the crests of the waves. There were calm sailing watches, peeling potatoes in the galley and hot sailing jobs. We lived in the excitement of the race, shared the joy of victories and rivals. We felt like sea wolves. We realized that before the sea wolves still grow and grow.

The inhabitants of the port cities did not ignore the sailing ships. Long lines of people wishing to get on board stretched to the gangway. The Leningrad ship also received many guests. And one of Copenhagen's old maritime museums even set aside a stand for Mir souvenirs in its cramped hall in memory of the ship's first visit to the Danish capital.

That's how it would be at home. Even if not quite so, simpler, but not without attention, not without human warmth. But without constant re-mooring, without Transflot shouts, etc.

What did captain Antonov dream about the most with the end of the races? All about the same: about the assistants, about a well-coordinated team that owns all the subtleties of sailing.

Let's believe that this dream will come true. The sailors worthy of it must come to the ship. In the course of training practices, their experience will also be improved. The crew will become a team of like-minded people united by the desire to constantly work hand in hand.