Empress Eugénie Archipelago
The Empress Eugénie Archipelago (Russian: Архипелаг императрицы Евгении), commonly known as the Eugénie Archipelago, is an archipelago in Peter the Great Gulf in the Sea of Japan along the southern coast of Primorsky Krai, Russia. It is administratively part of the city of Vladivostok.
Open Water Swimming
Peter the Great Gulf Swim is a 160 km circumnavigation relay around the Empress Eugénie Archipelago in Far East Russia held between 16-18 July 2020 that was performed in honor of the 160th anniversary of Vladivostok. The swimmers included Oleg Dokuchaev, Maria Chizhova, Ivan Dokuchaev, Eugene Zozulya, Pavel Komarov, Oksana Beletskaya, Veronika Kuznetsova, Igor Galaktionov, Alexander Smirnov, Sergey Tyurin, Dmitry Voronin, Ratmir Voronin, Zaur Zakrailov, Andrey Bugai, Tatiana Aleksandrova, and Oleg Adamovthat was performed in honor of the 160th anniversary of Vladivostok. The Governor of Primorsky region Oleg Kozhemyako swam the first 200 meters.
2020 WOWSA Awards
Kosatka DV by Oleg Dokuchaev of Russia was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year category with the following nomination: Vladivostok is site of Kosatka DV, a winter swimming club and center with hundreds of passionate swimmers and year-round competitions led by President, Founder and Head Coach Oleg Dokuchaev. But the club's reach and renowned reputation goes far beyond the port city in eastern Russia. The club organizes and trains people for extreme swims, eco-marathon swimming relays, and other open water swimming adventures with a goal of marine conservationism and environmentalism in Far East Russia. Based on his experience organizing the 86 km Bering Strait Swim, dubbed The Most Dangerous Crossing In The World, Dokuchaev organizes four other extreme swimming adventures while balancing the highest safety protocols with difficult challenges. For organizing the 75 km Amur River Swim for an 8-swimmer relay ending in Khabarovsk and the 160 km Peter the Great Gulf Swim for a 16-swimmer relay around the Empress Eugénie Archipelago in the sea around Vladivostok, for staging the 50 km Lake Baikal Crossing by a 5-swimmer relay across the famous Lake Baikal and the 75 km Russky Round Swim around the Russky Island by 14 swimmers south of Vladivostok, and for training, leading and motivating cold water swimmers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to challenge themselves in distant extreme eco-swimming relays in unspoilt waterways, the Kosatka DV by Oleg Dokuchaev is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.