site.btaDay 102: RSV 421 Sails along Mauritania Coast
On the eve of April 8, the Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421) was sailing along the coast of Mauritania. She was off the Ras Nouadhibou peninsula on a north-northwest course towards the Strait of Gibraltar.
The ship's average speed is about 9.5 knots in relatively calm weather. The previous two days saw the ship battle rough weather in the Atlantic off the Cape Verde archipelago, strong gusts of headwind and swell up to 4 degrees Douglas.
RSV 421 is on course for the next stop on its route, the Spanish city of Cartagena, where it is expected in mid-April. There, a new group of 24 cadets from the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy in Varna, on the Black Sea, will embark for a 10-day sailing practice. After Cartagena, the vessel will call at Piraeus, Greece, for a discussion on mutual cooperation between the Naval Academy in Varna and the Greek Naval Academy. The ship is expected to complete its voyage at the end of April, docking in Varna.
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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