Russian sailing ship Pallada leaves Los Angeles for Honolulu

Russian sailing vessel Pallada has left the city of Los Angeles in California for Honolulu (Hawaii), the ship’s owner said.

The ship, carrying over 100 cadets from Russia’s Far Eastern Primorye and Kamchatka territories, sailed from the city of Vladivostok on July 1. During the four-month expedition, the Pallada will call at ports in the United States, Canada and Japan.

The trip is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yury Gagarin’s space flight and the 270th anniversary of the discovery of “Russian America” by Russian seafarers.

“The Pallada departed from Los Angeles on Monday. The port has left pleasant memories, which will be remembered by the expedition members for a long time,” a spokesman for the Far Eastern State Technical Fishing University said.

During their stay in Los Angeles, the cadets paid a visit to American space transport company SpaceX.

The Pallada’s next destination is Honolulu, where the ship will spend three days filled with a variety of cultural exchange events.

The Pallada was built in 1989 in Poland.

In its 22-year history, the Pallada has sailed for 12 years, called at 101 ports in 35 countries and trained 12,000 cadets, midshipmen and students from all over Russia.

Guinness World Records lists the Pallada as the fastest sailing ship in the world. The vessel can reach speeds in excess of 18 knots.

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