23 July, 2019

We are finally on our way .. yes Strannik has finally begun its pilgrimage. WE sailed from Hong Kong on Saturday 20thJuly for Busan (South Korea).  Our final certification process went well.  Inspectors from RINA joined us for final sea trails in Hong Kong harbour and were genuinely pleased with is performance.  We had spent the previous 2 weeks on a slip in the Hong Hong ship yard, making some small adjustments to the propeller, applying a new coat of anti fouling and finishing installation of the last of the electronic gear. 
 
Through the many delays and frustrations we have learned a lot  about the vessel, the certification process and ourselves so it hasn’t all be wasted, although I would rather have been sailing.
 
There are four of us on board for this leg of the journey that will eventually take us up into Russia and to Wrangel Island to rendezvous with a team from the BBC Natural History Unit.

Standby for more and regular updates now that we are underway.