University Sports - Flame reaches Tahiti, long journey ahead

The 2013 Summer Universiade flame has passed through Tahiti as its long journey across the globe towards host city Kazan continues.

University Sports - Flame reaches Tahiti, long journey ahead

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The Russian tall ship Sedov in Tahiti

After a month-long voyage to French Polynesia, the crew and cadets of the Russian tall ship Sedov were able to enjoy a three-day break on the South Pacific island.

The captain of the ship Nikolay Zorchenko admitted the craft's passage from Callao in Peru had been a challenge for both the vessel and its crew; but one which they passed with flying colours. The ship even set a new record en route across the Pacific.

The port of Papeete welcomed the Sedov in fine weather and light winds and it remained moored at the capital city's central embankment for the duration of the stay.

With an exhibition showcasing the forthcoming Summer Universiade on display, 2,000 people visited the Sedov on its first day in port.

On the ship's final day in Tahiti, several distinguished guests were in attendance.

"On November 28 at 5pm local time the High Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia, Commander of the French Navy in the Pacific Ocean, Mayor of the island of Tahiti and other officials visited our ship and became our guests," said Nikolay Zorchenko.

"There is a nine-day passage to Apia and another 31 days to Manila. Having passed the test of the ocean, we are now set and ready for a long deep-sea navigation."

The Sedov is expected to reach Vladivostok on January 25, when the torch's relay journey across Russia will begin.

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