June 22, 2016
Captain Stelmakh on board the R/V Kartesh
June 22 – on the longest day in the year, when the sun in the Chupa Bay virtually does not set, Yan Stelmakh, the first captain of the R/V Kartesh got on her board. Captain Stelmakh, now in his respectable age, has been telling a lot of vivid stories about the vessel until 1am, has looked through the 2015 expedition album and observed the restored vessel with nostalgia. He vibrantly talked with the new crew and shared his years-long experience. Sometimes, however, a sad spark glittered in his kind and happy eyes. Having spent half of his life on board the Kartesh, he is not able to treat the vessel as a mere workplace, since the work in the sea means constant existence on the ship.