site.btaDay 101: RSV 421 East Off Cape Verde
In the late hours of April 6 the Bulgaria military research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril I Metodii (RSV 421) was 120 nautical miles east off the Cape Verde archipelago at a course of 27 degrees. RSV 421 was on traverse from Senegal’s capital Dakar. RSV 421 is sailing on the return voyage to Varna after its successful first participation in the 31st Bulgarian Antarctic Expedition to Livingston Island.
RSV 421 was sailing at an average speed of 8.5 knots in unfavourable conditions, with a headwind of 9 m/sec and a swell of 3-4 bars, which was felt onboard in the last 24 hours.
The ship is on course to her next interim stop, the Spanish city of Cartagena, where it is expected to arrive in mid-April. There 24 cadets from the Varna Naval Academy will he get on board to undergo a ten-day sailing practice similar to 23 of their peers in the beginning of the journey
After Cartagena, RSV 421 will stop in Piraeus (Greece) where a discussion on mutual cooperation between the Bulgarian and Greek naval academies will take place. The ship is expected to complete its full voyage at the end of April, docking at Varna Naval Station.
BTA's Daily News editor Konstantin Karagyozov is the only member of the media who is travelling on board the ship to Livingston Island and back and covered the Bulgarian expedition on site throughout its stay in Antarctica.
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