Russia’s sailing vessel Pallada will leave San Francisco on Tuesday and sail to another port on the Pacific coast of the United States, Los Angeles, the ship’s owner said.
The ship carrying cadets from Russia’s Primorye and Kamchatka territories, sailed from Vladivostok on July 1. During the four-month expedition, the Pallada is scheduled to call at ports in the United States, Canada and Japan.
The trip is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight and the 270th anniversary of the discovery of “Russian America” by Russian seafarers.
“Pallada will depart from San Francisco on Tuesday. This port has left pleasant memories, which will be remembered by the members of the expedition for a long time,” a spokesperson for the Far Eastern State Technical Fishing University said.
During a three-day stay in San Francisco area, the cadets visited historical sites connected with Russian-American history: Russian Hill and Fort Ross, Russia’s southernmost settlement in North America.
The crew members met with University of California students and played a soccer game with a U.S. Coast Guard team.
Pallada’s next destination is Los Angeles, where the ship will spend three days filled with a variety of cultural exchange events.
Pallada was built in 1989 in Poland.
In its 22-year history, Pallada has sailed for 13 years, called at 101 ports in 35 countries and trained 12,000 cadets, midshipmen and students from all over Russia.
Guinness World Records lists Pallada as the fastest sailing ship in the world. The vessel can reach speeds in excess of 18 knots.