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Yachtswoman by Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych

edition 2020


Lesya is the captain and owner of a sailing yacht. She had come a long way before stepping on the tiller without hesitation. This is a woman who allows her dreams to come true. Lesya's father was also a dreamer. Even in Soviet times, he planned to build his own sailing yacht. He was one of the founders of the Kyiv Cruise Yacht Club in the company of enthusiasts like him. Lesya and her younger brother Timur often spent time in the yacht club, together with their father, on school holidays. When Lesya grew up, she was fascinated by another element - studying at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy as a culturologist, giving birth to a daughter, divorcing her husband, working as a journalist and editor on different Ukrainian media.

After a while, her father dies, and for long years yachting remains a hobby and passion of Timur only.

After some time, Timur dies in a car accident. Despite her mother's desire to sell the yacht, Lesya decides otherwise: she comes to the yacht club, starts her career on the water from scratch, from the very beginning. At first, male yachtsmen do not take Lesya seriously. But she not only becomes a captain herself but also fulfills the dream of every yachtsman. As part of a sailing yacht team circumnavigates Cape Horn and crosses the Atlantic Ocean.


Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych

Born 08.08.1977 in Kiev (Ukraine).


› Graduated from journalism at Kiev National University named after Taras Shevchenko


› She worked in Ukrainian TV channels as a producer, director and editor.


› 2016 - “Indestructible. Igor Branovitski”, documentary
› 2014 - 2016 - "Jakub’s Century", feature - historical mini-series
› 2014 - "Under the Bridge", documentary, almanac “Ukraine_voices"
› 2013 - "House with Chimeras", documentary, almanac "Open Access"
› 2012 - "One Day of Euro", documentary

2011 - "Pants", feature, almanac "Mudaky Arabesky"

2009 - "Dazzle Dreams in Nepal", music – documentary