We, Russians, consider Transatlantic Crossing of Alvaro as a proof of purposefulness, huge will of life and courage of a person, promoting the love to sport. Strength of spirit and uncompromising will to win, to overcome the most difficult obstacles - all those treats which are absolutely typical for Russian character, distinguish Alvaro. That is why he was appreciated in Russia. This is why he was awarded with a high honor of the nominee of the international prize «Perfection. Common Weal. Glory.» in September /Moscow/ along with the Holy Patriarch of Moscow and the whole Russia Alexei II, world famous film director Nikita Mikhalkov and Alexander Karelin, the tree-times Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling. Endeavor undertaking by Alvaro de Marichalar has a big international significance, because such kind of challenges to the nature are the examples of the unlimited fearlessness for people all over the world.

Dear Alvaro, I am proud of you and I wish you luck and successful completion of the Crossing.

Very best regards,

Elena Skrynnik