Adventurers support Sochi Olympic bid

Decision day about the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics is just 14 days away and the residents of Sochi are caught up in Olympic fever. For the past year almost every event there has been linked to the bid, which for some has become a source of inspiratio

Viktor Yazikov has already completed eight voyages across the Atlantic, and five across the Pacific. Now he is planning to make a round-the-world trip in support of the 2014 bid. But first he is taking his windjammer, “Daughter of Winds”, to the Mediterranean for a trial run, with his close friends on board. The big journey is scheduled to set off on July 3, a day before the winning bid is announced in Guatemala. Viktor will go ahead with it regardless of the decision.

Sea scooters are normally used for fun rides not for long journeys. But six residents from Saint Petersburg broke this rule. Making 5,000 KM in two weeks, they brought as a gift to the city a stone from Peter and Paul's fortress in St. Petersburg, that was washed in four rivers and two seas.

While the river part was relatively calm, it was the Azov Sea that got them in trouble, with the storms accompanying them all through their voyage.

Still, the scooters are pleased with themselves, they have reached their goal and hope their gift will become a symbolic foundation for the winter Olympics of 2014.