She was the first foreign-flagged vessel to complete this journey in over a century.Tanui was manned by only two persons: Australian skipper John Vallentine and his indispensable crew member Maxine Maters, originally from the Netherlands, whose fluent Russian made this trip happen.
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Throughout the entire passage, John and Maxine used the Transas i Sailor charting program and have given it acknowledgement and praise in their guide.
Chartlets covering their anchorages were taken from i Sailor charts.
Having returned from the journey, John and Maxine published a richly illustrated book called "Sailing Through Russia" describing Tainui's groundbreaking journey.