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Kizhi Regatta - 2013
June 27, 2013 16:49


The annual Festival of National Shipbuilding and Navigation "Kizhi Regatta" will be held on August  2-3, 2013 on the Kizhi Island (Republic of Karelia). There will be the competition of shipbuilders “Nation boat”, boat race “Kizhi Regatta”, holiday program: the ringing of bells, performances, games and competitions.

Villages and estates of Kizhi province are located on the mainland of Zaonezhskiy peninsula. Since ancient times, the basic vehicle between coastal settlements was a boat. Here the peculiar type of boat had appeared and fixed up. In the early twentieth century people came by “kizhanki” to churches on holidays, went on fishing to Petrozavodsk. These boats have always been very popular in Karelia due to excellent navigability.

So far in the villages surrounding the Kizhi Island masters live who have kept traditions of shipbuilding. The traditional boat for Kizhi – “kizhanka” significantly differs from other types of boats. It has unique contours – sharp at the bow and stern and wide in the middle. Due to the shape kizhanka has good stability, high load capacity and speed. Traditionally, “kizhanki” was used to walk on the oars and to sail.

The "Kizhi Regatta" was born as a traditional boat race on Kizhanka in 1999 with the support of Kizhi Island’s people and the surrounding villages, when they were invited on the feast day of the Transfiguration by the Museum-Reservation “Kizhi”. The purpose of the holiday is to attract attention to yachting and saving cultural traditions of Russia.  


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Kizhi Karelia    

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