Kruzenshtern’s most significant modernization and reconstruction arrangements as well as most valuable achievements at the largest international races and festivals happened under his supervision.
Gennady Vasilievich Kolomensky was born May 16th 1941 in Kronstadt, a town near St. Petersburg. After finishing the school he worked at the Kronstadt Marine Factory as a fitter. He started sailing in 1958, taking part in local and international competitions. He also took part in long sailing voyages.
In 1969 Kolomensky came to work at the sail training ship Kruzenshtern. He sailed as a 1st class sailor, sailor-instructor, boatswain and methodologist engineer. In 1974 he finished the Leningrad Maritime Academy, specializing in nautical navigation and worked as the second and chief mate.
He became a Kruzenshtern captain in 1983. The vessel’s greatest successes and biggest achievements are usually attributed to Kolomensky’s work on board. Under his leadership Kruzenshtern started participating in the international races and regattas, winning prestigious prizes. With Kolomensky at the steering wheel the vessel has become the symbol of Soviet and Russian fleet. In 1991 after the USSR collapse Kolomensky was the one to back up the idea to move the vessel from the Estonian Estrybprom to the Higher Institute of Naval Engineers in Kaliningrad, now called the Baltic Fishing Fleet State Academy and still the owner of Kruzenshtern. “Wherever the barque was sent, there I'd go, that’s how it has been all my life”, he says. “Leningrad was first, then came Riga, Tallinn and now Kaliningrad”.
Kruzenshtern’s most significant modernization and reconstruction arrangements as well as most valuable achievements at the largest international races and festivals happened under the supervision of Gennady Kolomensky. With him as the ship’s leader the vessel became widely known in the whole world. Gennady Kolomensky worked as the vessel’s captain up to 1995, however he didn’t leave Kruzenshtern after that and became the mentor captain. While on this duty he participated in both round-the-world voyages of Kruzenshtern (1995-1996 and 2005-2006) as well as the transatlantic expedition of 2010.
He didn’t sail during the last few years because of health issues, although he participated in the life of Kruzenshtern as much as he could. He directed all of the vessel’s recent repair works and supervised last year’s docking of Kruzenshtern.
Gennady Kolomensky passed away on the 24th of June 2014. He was 73 years old.
The farewell ceremony is going to take place at the Officer’s House in Kaliningrad (Kirova st., 7) at 11.00 a.m. on the 27th of June.