Part 2: New Kakhovka - Dnepropetrovsk
From Cape Nikopol to entering the river part (near the village of Belenky) the fairway is limited by edge buoys with a passage width of about 100 meters. Before the formation of the reservoir, two rivers flowed almost parallel here - the Dnieper and the Konka. Between them were hills, forests and entire villages. The reservoir visually united these rivers, but each of them continues to live its own life. The fairway goes either along one or the other river. Hence the limitations of the fairway. The main feature of the site is the "REFERENCE" signs, or rather what is left of them.They are located on the left edge, i.е. near the black buoys. Most of them are now destroyed, rise slightly above the water and are not illuminated at night. It should look like this:
But most of the signs now look a little different:
Between the 85th and 87th buoys, TWO! destroyed sign. One rises to 0.5 m, the second under water, the depth above it is about 0.5 m (at the FSL 16 m). Therefore, if necessary, it is better to go beyond the red edge of the fairway. In the Energodar region, two power lines pass through the reservoir - 330 kV and 750 kV.
The height of the passage under the wires is about 30 meters. A little further behind the power line, buoy No. 85 - here we make a turn and go to my native sailboat club "Borisfen" http://www.borisfen.zp.ua The power line and the sailboat club are inextricably linked, so I will stop in a little more detail. Initially, our sailboat club was located in a different place - in a small bay near the river port. And in the current place was a deserted shore. When the construction of the power transmission line began, at first, granite pods were made in the places where the future supports were to be installed.ki, on the shore of the reservoir, a large pit was dug 6-7 meters deep below the water level. To prevent the pit from filling with water, water was pumped out of it with powerful pumps, and reinforced concrete floats were made at the bottom of the pit. Power lines were installed on them. Then the pumps were turned off, water filled the pit, and the supports surfaced.
The jumper between the pit and the reservoir was washed away and a channel was dug towards the prepared dumps. Then the supports were towed to the place of their installation and flooded. After completion of construction work, the pit was given to sailboatsmen. Where the channel, through which the supports were taken out of the pit, intersects with the main navigable fairway, buoy No. 85 is now located. Hence the recommendations for entering the sailboat club. I draw your attention to this, because the left bank here is very gentle. At a distance of 150-200 m from the shore, a depth of one meter is normal. To sozhaUnfortunately, often the sailboats coming "from above" want to go faster and try to cut the corner, but as a result they come much later :( You can cut the corner, but for this you need to get off the fairway near buoy No. until you reach the line passing through the buoy number 85 and the lighting mast with a green light in the depths of the bay. Here, turn 90 degrees and enter the bay along the indicated line. That's it, we arrived at our base. :)
We return to the main journey. The tentative plan for the transition was as follows:
However, from the very beginning everything went "as always". A few days before the start, the weather forecast promised wind from SE to SW at a speed of 3-7 m/s. Less than a day before the launch, SW blew 15-17 ms and poured rain. It seems that the "wet start" has already become a "good tradition" of all long-distance trips of the Chunga-Changi. They went to Kherson - all the way in the rain, to Nikolaev - almost all the way in the rain, to Istanbul - to Odessa in the rain. Now they have gathered in Kyiv - the same picture. From our bay to the entrance to the river part of the reservoir is about 20 m.m., where we would be at least protected from wavesWe could move on, but with such a wind, going to Kakhovka at night in a sailboat of our size is a bad idea. That is why, having arrived at the sailboat club, Yura and I sit and wait for the weather by the sea. I really hoped that after midnight the bad weather would calm down and we would still be able to leave a little late ... "Chunga-Changa" stood in the sailboat club between two large steel "steamboats". Looking left and right:
On "Meotida" there was always a duty officer. He is bored, and he invited us to visit. And since we had with us :) the evening flew by quickly. My hopes were not justified, on the contrary, more than 20 inflated. As a result, I spent the night in the captain's cabin of a luxury sailboat: http://www.meotida.biz/photo/.
Every cloud has a silver lining - this is the first and probably the last such case in my practice :) The rain stopped only by the afternoon of the next day, but the wind continued to persist. We managed to get out only by 17:00, when it calmed down to 10-12 m/s and moved to the north. For our boat, this is a storm, but there is nowhere to retreat further. We put storm sails, the engine at low speed and went out. After two hours of galloping along the waves with a tight hauled wind, we crossed the reservoir and were near Tarasovsky Island. We got out just in time, because by this time the wind had picked up again.and went to St. The sails had to be removed and "cut" with one motor against a two-meter wave. Disappointed our nemokantsy. Last year we could not get enough - what a cool thing it is. But after the first season of use, we both washed them and, alas, after two hours the journey was wet to the very, sorry, underpants. And the temperature, despite the end of May, is about 15 degrees. By nine o'clock in the evening we entered the river part and at half past ten anchored in the area of Lysaya Gorka. By this time, both were knocking out with their teeth such a dance with sabers that go yesit was no longer possible. What bliss to tear off the wet impromptu and fit into dry clothes! The suits were hung up to dry, and they themselves climbed into the cabin and, for the purpose of prevention, took vodka - both inside and outside. No strength to cook dinner, fell down and fell asleep. It rained again at night... May 26, six o'clock in the morning, what a masochism it is - to climb into a wet cold non-industry! Br-rr-rr :) At that time Zaporozhye sailboat "Rock man" passed down the fairway. The captain, Stas, is known for the fact that, even on his former five-meter sailboat (by the way, here it is:) he carried columns that, in terms of volumeslightly inferior to the displacement of the boat itself :) "Rock man" is equipped no worse. And now, seeing us, he turns off and, coming closer, cuts in with all the power of his acoustics: "Chunga-Changa - summer all year round, Chunga-Changa - lives happily!". It seems like a trifle, but nice :) and all the blues, as if removed by hand. Morning coffee, instant oatmeal, and go - catch up on the schedule.
Entry into the river part of the Kakhovka reservoir:
From the beginning of the river part to the tail of the island of Khortytsya (the beginning of the city of Zaporozhye), Zaporozhye floodplains stretch. Very beautiful nature, our (and not only) favorite places to relax.
Now we had no time to stop here, but it’s worth telling a little. Plavni is a web of many islands and lakes connected by numerous channels. In many places, the depths allow the kilevkas to approach the shore, but there are also many shoals and flooded rapids. Therefore, it is better to land on the shore from the dinghy. And for traveling along the canals, it is most convenient to kayak. Alas, the shooting does not convey even a hundredth of the beauty that the eye sees. Just for example, one small circular route:
When going ashore, you should not throw food on the ground unattended, as uninvited guests may come in broad daylight:
In the region of the tail of the island of Khortytsya, the fairway is divided. To the left - a granite quarry, to the right - a sailboat club, a river port, a gateway. Us to the right. The end of May - the racing season has not yet begun, and my measurement was not extended. Therefore, we had to go to the Zaporozhye Lower Yacht Club (aka "Seventh Pier", entry coordinates 47 ° 47.950 "N; 34 ° 09.955" E)
and find the chief regional measurer there. The entrance is very narrow - about 10 m. The guest place is to the left of the entrance. There was a bustle in the sailboat club, everyone was running around with bulging eyes, as it turned out, we got on the day the boats were launched. Before I had time to go ashore, they seized me by the hand with a cry: "What are you waiting for! Come on, pull! Push!" I helped pull a couple of boats to the crane, and then nevertheless emerged from the crowd, found Vitaly Abramovich and got his precious autograph. Almost a month later, at the ZNPP Cup, Volodya (the sailboat "Chaika") talked about this trip. Asks forWhy didn't you visit them at the sailboat club? Just, I say, they came. You yourself shouted to me: "Pull-push." Looks at me in surprise. This is a difficult case - a massive dumping of sailboats on the water :) Just above the lower sailboat club there is a gas station on the water (the point near the gas station is 47 ° 48.650 "N; 34 ° 09.285" E):
Further, on the starboard side, the city embankment stretches, and on the left side, the island of Khortitsa
A new bridge is being built right behind the Zhdanovsky pier:
And even higher behind it, we admire the Preobrazhensky Bridge. Its characteristic feature is that it is a two-tier bridge made of monolithic reinforced concrete. The lower tier is pedestrian paths and vehicular traffic, the upper tier is the railway. The height of the passage under the bridge is much more than 16 m.
Behind the bridge begins the entrance to the inlet channel of the lock. The very body of the DneproGES dam, alas, is not visible when moving along the fairway. We approach the gateway by ten o'clock in the morning.
Next to this entrance (on the right side) are the remains of the old gateway
There, the descent / ascent procedure was carried out in three stages. In the new chamber, everything happens at once. The echo sounder shows a drop of 37 m. The telephone number of the dispatcher is +38-061-21-21-816. The cost of locking is 390 UAH. (~$50). The magic phrase "cash payment" allows us to pass without delay in splendid isolation.
I often heard a joke that Zaporozhye is a city of young and cheerful people. Why cheerful? Because when the wind blows from the east, the left bank laughs, and when it blows from the west, the right bank laughs. And why the city of the young? And because with such laughter, few live to old age. This could be a joke, if it were not for such a sad view from the water to the upper pool, alas. Lenin. It should be noted that everything here is his name. A large monument to Lenin, from which the longestin Europe, Lenin Avenue, DneproGES them. Lenin, the upstream water area is called Lake Lenin. And, oddly enough, no one is trying to change anything - it suits everyone. If you moor in the port and walk along the body of the dam, then this view will open from it:
On the right bank nearby, there are two sailboat clubs. One very small one is the Zaporozhye cruising sailboat club. And the sailboat club of the Zaporizhstal plant is quite large and beautiful.
In my opinion, the best I / c on the whole Dnieper. Sailing races are regularly held here, the most interesting of them is the "Regatta for the prizes of V.Satsky". This is not even a regatta, but a sailing festival with colorful shows, concerts, and a disco. This time we did not come here - we were in a hurry to make up for lost time. The course is to the north, the wind is north 6-7 m/s. We no longer have time to tack, so we start the engine and go against the wave. Very quickly, slightly dried-up non-industrials again turn into "soakers" :( By one o'clock in the afternoon we approached the O-5 rotary buoy. This is the northernmost pointka, where "Chunga-Changa" had previously traveled. Then a "new world" begins for us :)
After O-5 the channel of the Dnieper zigzags. There was an opportunity to set the sails, but our joy was not long. Within a couple of hours the wind died down almost to calm. So I had to start the engine again :( We reached Dnepropetrovsk by 22:00, reducing the delay from the schedule to 9:00.
Memorial in Voiskovoe. Here in September 1943. forward detachments of the Soviet army crossed the Dnieper.
"South" bridge. Passage height ~ 19 m.
There are at least three sailboat clubs in Dnepropetrovsk. We decided to go to the DGKYA. The choice was almost random, without prior arrangements. We just knew for sure that there was a gas station nearby, and we had already managed to burn more than half of our 30-liter reserve. The sailboat club turned out to be very small and relatively difficult to enter. Before approaching the sailboat club (from below) there is a cable car. The height of the passage is ~13 m. On the other side is the Merefo-Kherson bridge. The height of the passage is ~18 m, but the width between the supports is small. A very tangible current, there is not enough space, yahyou stand very tight.
The guest berth was right behind the bridge. People immediately appeared on the pier, waved their hands in greeting and helped to moor. The first person who met us was Andrey, the captain of the Kasatka mikrukha.
We crossed paths with him at the races in Zaporozhye as rivals, he then went on the sailboat "Diana", well-known in the circles of assolists, but we did not personally know each other.
As soon as we got off the pier, Valera came (Musson's colleague here). We also knew him only virtually. And a few other complete strangers. But what a warm welcome! After 15 minutes of communication, you feel like in a circle of old friends. We didn't want to leave, so we stayed until morning.