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 Cruising to and through Russia

"Many yachtsmen are apprehensive about taking their yachts into Russia, and leave them in Helsinki to continue over-land. They need not be worried. The Russians arguably offer the warmest welcome of any European country, while in a St. Petersburg Yacht Club you can feel more secure than in many home ports. The Cruising Association's Honorary Local Representative, Vladimir Ivankiv, falls over backwards to give members and others every help that they need while in St. Petersburg or planning to cruise further into Russia. Russian yachtsmen are invariably helpful to foreign yachtsmen, and many speak English. Although Russia has opened its inland waterways and lakes to foreign yachtsmen, there is some way to go before inland cruising becomes routine. Russia offers a challenge to the adventurous!"

 (Submitted by Noel Thu Jul 1, 2004 )
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