The Russian sailing ship Nadezhda has set sail from Vladivostok to San Francisco today for a one-year expedition across the Pacific Ocean in honor of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vladivostok in 2012.
The crew of the ship includes 90 students and a number of teachers.
During the expedition, the ship will call at 15 ports.
In November, it is expected in Honolulu for hosting a symbolic ceremony for Vladivostok to take over from Honolulu as the host city of the next Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
Nadezhda has carried out dozens of expeditions and won several international regattas.