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A Festival of the Sea, Wind and Sports: Oranienbaum Maritime Festival Gathered Yachtsmen, Environmentalists and Other Lomonosov Citizens at the Sea Shore of the Gulf of Finland

Last Saturday, August 25th, the II Oranienbaum Maritime Festival was held in Lomonosov on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. "Friends of the Baltic" in cooperation with Centre for Children's Creativity "Craftsmen’s city" prepared an exhibition about the nature of the Baltic Sea, booth with publications on water resources of the region, and the exhibition of young photographers’ and ecologists’ creative works.

A various information about the Baltic Sea unique ecosystem, protected areas of the coastal zone, marine and terrestrial inhabitants of the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, as well as about the industrial loads on the natural environment of our region was presented to the guests of the festival by “Friends of the Baltic” and our partners. An exhibition and publications about decreasing of phosphorous load to the Baltic Sea, created by "Friends of the Baltic" with the support of Coalition Clean Baltic was also unfolded on the embankement. Volunteers spoke to the guests about the environmental education programs for children in Lomonosov, about the necessity to express actively our civic-mindedness, about the “green” lifestyle that each one of us can afford.

Oranienbaum Maritime Festival was established in 2011 in honor of the 300th anniversary of Oranienbaum-Lomonosov, as the annual town festival. The aim of the festival is to promote the recreational potential of the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, to contribute to the development of the yacht tourism and sports in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, as well as to represent Oranienbaum-Lomonosov as a maritime town with a rich historical, cultural and envrionment background.

During the past few years the vector of the future development of Lomonosov has been widely discussed at all levels. Fast growth of transport and economic infrastructure on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland (e.g. western section of St. Petersburg ring road, port terminals in Ust-Luga and Bronka, LLC "Neste" oil storages etc.) puts high anthropogenic load on the natural areas of the coastline and creates prerequisites for the rapid urbanization of the area.

In the same time for the majority of the local residents Lomonosov is just a quiet green town by the seaside, former favourite residence of the royal family with rich cultural, literary and musical tradition. Recently there appeared several alternative development plans of Lomonosov as a centre of maritime tourism, sports and leisure, with healthy environment and unique location near locally and internationally protected natural territories.

This year the participants and guests of Oranienbaum Maritime Festival were frightened neither by volatile St. Petersburg weather with pouring rain, nor by the number of police officers per capita attending the festival. Traditionally, an «Orange-Race» sailing regatta was held in the framework of the festival, as well as the competition for young yachtsmen and the aquabike show. Onshore the guests and participants could enjoy the concert of local music and dance groups, workshops given by real marine painters, fun contests and other surprises.

Annual Oranienbaum Maritime Festival, beloved by local dwellers, yachtsmen and other people who care for the destiny of Lomonosov town, is a great step to the development of Oranienbaum-Lomonosov as a maritime town and centre of yachting and tourism in the Leningrad region.

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