First Murman Coast Expedition Started
November 11, 2014
The Polar Expedition Gallery participants got under way on November 11, and they sailed along the Murman coast of the Barents Sea. All clearances and approvals obtained, the participants entered Kola Bay, a lengthy bay, surrounded by rocks. The twilight fell when the vessel reached the second elbow, and the navigation pilot left the R/V Kartesh for a motor boat. The third bay elbow and high seas were ahead. The sea raged. The long November night fell. The wind was gusting to 25-30 m/s (44-55 mph). Given the scale of the sea, the R/V Kartesh, 34 meters (111 feet) in length, can hardly be compared to a match. The vessel was heading to Kildin Island, angles of loll up to 30 degrees. Waves lashed the deck, and all the loose items rolled across it. Experienced mariners commented on it: “A storm can find a place to everything” and tartly grinned. We were unable to take a photo of that moment, as the darkness was impenetrable.