The next edition of SailBook Cup will take place in July! We invite all those, who would like to be a part in the event. A rule of the race in the 6th edition remains unchanged. Traditionally, we will race around Gotland and Gotska Sandön with pit-stop in Visby.
We began the year 2016 with first notifications for the regatta. Among those yachts, which will sail in the longest Polish race with us, are Fujimo, brave Mikka, 2 easy and Kristi, who’s already the veteran of SailBook Cup. Also, we would like to welcome new participants: Odyssei, Mary Lou, Errislannan and Atoma (another small boat typed as Setka, but with a huge soul for the race).
At 10th October we ended SailBook Cup Regatta 2015 officially. The ceremony was also combined with a recapitulation of the Grand Prix of the Vistula Lagoon. Marshal’s Office of Warmia and Masuria, partner of the regatta, took care for the presentation of awards for Long Distance Polish Maritime Champions.
Representatives of the most of the crews appeared in the Stary Młyn hotel. In addition, there were also partners and sponsors of the regatta. More than a hundred of invited guests, with Jerzy Wcisła among them, Jerzy Wroński, chairman of the Elblag Regional Yachting Association, representatives of City of Sopot and Pomorskie Voivodeship authorities – co-organizer of the event.
After greeting, Mr. Wcisła spoke to the audience about the characteristic of the water resources of the region, told about past successes in popularization of the regional water tourism and about development plans. He also stressed, that events such as SailBook Cup are a great opportunity for local governments’ cooperation, and for the sailors, who usually are sailing in the bay, great opportunity to explore the Baltic Sea. He invited all maritime sailors to explore Vistula Lagoon, use the infrastructure of the Żuławy Loop and to participate in numerous events organized in these waters. SailBook Cup was presented as a joint success and an example of well organized water event, where the good atmosphere and the participants are placed in the first place. For our part, we can declare that in subsequent editions it won’t change.
Mrs. Regina Czymbor announced the second part of the evening by inviting Commander of the race and Ola Warecka – his right-hand man – to took over the command. It was the part of the official end of the SailBook Cup regatta, which was more sociable than you might expect. We thanked the co-organizers, sponsors and partners for their invaluable contribution in the realization of this event by giving them commemorative statuettes. Then, we awarded the winners of the first leg from Sopot to Visby and gave a special prize. The fair play statuette went to the skipper and the crew of yacht More, who resigned from their own result in the race to help the other team, which lost the rudder.
In addition, the award went also to: Bartek Czarciński (the only solo entry in this edition), a yacht and the crew of Oiler.pl (the fastest yacht of the regatta in absolute time) and Monika Kwiatkowska in the honorable function the ambassador of the regatta.
The presentation of the major trophies was combined with awards for the medalists the Long distance Polish Marine Champions. Gold medals received: the crew of Quick Livener in class ORC 1, the crew of 2 easy in class ORC 2, the crew Good Speed in class KWR, the crew Arbitrator in class Open (all results are available at http://regaty.sailbook.pl/en/scores-2015/). We are enormously proud and happy – after all, we have almost a hundred of new Polish Maritime Champions.
Jacek Zieliński won a silver SailBook Cup cup, but it’s not his name was immortalized on the prize. „We decided to dedicate this victory to Leo – his struggle with the disease still guided us during the preparations for the 5th edition of SailBook Cup. Leo! We engraved your name on the cup, wishing you to go back to health and when you will be a little bit older, you will fulfill your dreams!” – Jacek said during his short speech. Jacek decided to give his second statuette to the School and Education Center in Damnica for the 60th anniversary of the institution.”
Each crew, that completed the race, received prizes donated by the sponsors of the regatta with a total value of 40.000 PLN. Traditionally, participants got their prizes after drawing.
In the evening, at the end of the SailBook Cup ceremony, took place the premiere presentation of the movie, made by Monika Wiater, which was filmed on board of the yacht Four Winds, on Gotland and in the Baltic Sea. You must admit, that despite of many acknowledgments and prizes awarding went extremely well and the speeches were kept to a minimum.
The last part of the evening, the summary of the Grand Prinx of the Vistula Lagoon, was held after a short music break. Jerzy Wcisła and Henryk Wronkowski, the chairman of ERYA, handed the trophies. They were delighted by the achievements of the crews during the Long distance Polish Maritime Championships and invited the young generation of sailors to participate in the competition, just like participants of SailBook Cup did. In the end, Konstantin Małecki, the representative of the Kaliningrad Sailing Federation, expressed his satisfaction with international cooperation with Polish sailors. Then, the guests were invited to an informal part of the evening – the premiere presentation of photos from the race made by Kuba Niewiński in the rhythm of shanties sang by Marek Józefów.
As the organizers, we would like to thank our guests for the nice atmosphere: officials, the participants of the regatta and all supporters. Special thanks go to those, who came from distant regions of Poland (including sailors from Wroclaw and Krakow). A time counter is already counting to the next adventure – 16.07.2016! We invite you for the next training with the wild boar and the next day, traditionally at noon, SailBook Cup 2016 will begin. Current information will be published on www.sailbookcup.pl.
Sailbook Cup regatta was held in 2015 with the help and cooperation with numerous institutions and companies:
Marshal’s of Warmia and Masuria Mr. Mieczysław Struk
SailBook.pl, Pomorskie Voivodeship
City of Sopot, Marshal’s Office of Warmia and Masuria, SSI Jerzy Kuliński, Polski Klub Morski, Navinord, OceanTEAM
Naftoport, Konsal, InterRisk, Fiat Auto Poland, Seldén, Aero-Vaerft, Prime System, Ocean Sails, Henri Lloyd, Księgarnia Morska, Morka, Charter.pl, Nova Pierogova, MobilTruck, WaterToGo, BoardRockerz, Leo Centrum Języków Obcych, Tartak Chruściel
Polskie Radio Jedynka, Radio Gdańsk, Radio Koszalin, SSI Jerzy Kuliński, Trójmiasto.pl, Tawerna Skipperów, Magazyn Prestiż, Magazyn W Ślizgu, Młody Elbląg, Magazyn Wiatr, SailForum, Yacht Boat News, Jachting.pl
Today we have integration party on Pirate Ship.
Every day the ship offers to its visitors a 40-minute cruises on the Gulf of Gdansk, you can eat well there, relax with a drink, in true pirate styling. You can see how ducats are minted and hear the peals of several cannons. These sizable 45 meters can accommodate up to 200 people, therefore its perfectly suited to the charters, shanties and such events as sailing feasts!
Start today at 20.30!
Our regatta competitors have special privileges. You can not miss this!
Bartek Czarciński is the last one from 35 participants – nice round number. He’s going to take part in the regatta on „Perła Gdyni”, an eight-meter-long yacht, which he built on his own. Also, he intends to take a trip around the world in the footsteps of Henryk Jaskuła.
Once again, we have a full range of participant: those, who prefer to wander in the Baltic Sea, most ambitious sailors competing on the oceans and travellers, who are accomplishing the most difficult sailing challenge in the world.
From the very beginning, SailBook Cup was a perfect place to test the crew and the yacht before the dream adventure – for Krystian Szypka before the Ostar 2013; for Szymon Kuczyński before the single-handed sailing around the world – Maxus Solo Aroud (Szymon currently is somewhere on the Panama Canal); for Michał Orzoł and his boat “Bliski” – he starts his journey around the world… and for all those participants, whose goals and dreams were not terminated yet.
The year 2015, the fifth edition and Tomek Konnak, who’s watching us since the beginning and won the prize as accompanying boat (twice), decided to reach for the victory – will “Czarodziejka” be able to conjure the podium in ORC?
The five-meter-long “Gringo”, owned by Łukasz Stawki, is the smallest boat in the race. The biggest one is “Barnaba”, owned by Jerzy Kadczuk, who is taking part in the regatta for the 3rd time. Will “Fujimo” (skippered by Mariusz Kowalski) be the fastest yacht? Here’s the new motto of the regatta: “the winner is the one, who will complete the entire route of the race and will stay in one piece” ;)
This year, each participant is involved in the “Go to Leo” – all revenue of the downloadable applications from the Yellowbrick will be transferred to the account of the Foundation. A sailor, who are struggling with the Baltic Sea are having the opportunity to help Leo in his fight against the disease and remove Ondine’s curse – isn’t it amazing?
Wouldn’t it be nice to extend the regatta on another island, so the race would last as long as possible…
Who knows, maybe next year?
At present our race is supported by: the City of Sopot, Naftoport, Fiat Auto Poland, oceanTEAM, Henri Lloyd, Jerzy Kuliński, Prime System and Ocean Sails.
This year, the regatta has another goal. Help us to break the Course!
We decided to help raise funds for the development of research into the disease known as Ondine’s curse. In Norse mythology, Ondine is the water nymph, who lured young boys with her songs to drown them. Today, Ondine’s curse is a lethal disease associated with insufficient supply of oxygen to the body.
On the occasion of the fifth edition of the regatta SailBook Cup, we will try to remove this nasty curse of Norse goddess.
All proceeds from the download apps from our regatta satellite Tracked by Yellowbrick will be donated to the Foundation’s account.
More about the Ondine’s curse
Ondine’s curse is most commonly used to refer to congenital central hypoventilation syndrome – it’s a rare, genetically determined, a potentially deadly disease. Patients afflicted with this syndrome suffer from respiratory arrest during sleep.
In normal conditions, we do not control breathing consciously, our body’s autonomic nervous system controls it. This control is accomplished through the levels of gases in the blood including the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Children with CCHS have impaired responses to abnormal concentrations of oxygen and blood levels of carbon dioxide and the neurological feedback mechanism that monitors them, do not react quickly enough to maintain an even respiratory rate, which result acidification of the body and death. There’s about 1200 people in the world with CCHS.
Leo was born on 16 December 2010 with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS). As soon as he falls asleep, Leo must be connected through the tracheotomy tube to a respirator. He requires constant supervision and care – both day and night, constant rehabilitation and medical care. Probably, when he will be older, it will be possible to implant him a diaphragm pacing system, so he won’t need to use a respirator anymore.
You can find all information about Leo on the website Leoblog and on Facebook Akcja Pomocy Dla Leosia. Leo parents are international coordinators for the CCHS Foundation in Poland.
The movie “Our Curse”
There’s a movie about the disease of Leo (directed by Tomasz Śliwiński, Poland, 2013, 27 minutes), which is a personal statement by the director – he and his wife have to deal with this very rare, incurable disease of their newborn child. During the movie you can see the process of anxiety associated with the disease. The history of movie characters is described on the blog: www.leoblog.pl. The production was awarded at numerous festivals and nominated for an Oscar.
The film is available on the platform of the New York Times Op-Docs.
You can also help by transferring 1% of the tax:
KRS number 0000186434; Specific objective: “Leo Hueckel-Śliwiński 36 / H”
Three weeks of plenty applicantions behind us. Another twelve boats joined to our adventure, so we already reach last year record.
We are happy to do all the preparation to make exceptional Slavonic event.
I promised that there would not be a boar this time, I do what I can for him to let him peacefully run across the wilderness, that is why we are thinking about new secular menu tradition – maybe dumplings with shrooms and cabbage from Nova Pierogova?:)
Here are our players:
16. s/y Pardosa – first trimaran in SailBook Cup 2015
17. s/y Reset – Artur Sykson this time on Gib Sea 362
18. s/y Sunrise – Krystian Szypka, Ostar sailor ;p
19. s/y Endorphine – winner of KWR class in 2014.
20. s/y Bliski – jacht was constructed as a crossing boat with snail :) and for gents, who would not sail to wind.
21. s/y Gringo – modified construction Setka type
22. s/y Copernicus – flag unit of Gdynia’s Yacht Klubu Stal,
participant of Whitbread Round The World Race in 1973 year
23. s/y Mikka – second trial to SailBook Cup,
last year they had engine problems, which crossed out they from starting list.
24. s/y Strefa Ciszy 2 – with comandor of Jachklub Elblag
25. s/y Four Winds – remembered by us for will to fight 2014′
– 400 NM on torned mainsail;)
26. s/y Oiler.pl – ex Blagodarnost, ex Rubin in new hands
27. s/y Cecilia – yellow Murena 30
It looks to be an exciting week on the Baltic:)
Three next application and there are fifteen of us.
s/y Zena II, leading competitor of Gulf of Gdansk
s/y Barnaba, Ist place Open in SailBook Cup 2013
s/y More, 8-meters oldtimer from Gdansk
SailBook CUP 2015 – starting list on day 10/01/2015
1. s/y Trygław /OPEN
2. s/y Quick Livener /ORC
3. s/y Kristi /KWR
4. s/y Urtica /OPEN
5. s/y Facil /KWR
6. s/y Fujimo /KWR
7. s/y Happiness /KWR
8. s/y Konsal /KWR
9. s/y Anitra /OPEN
10. s/y 2 easy /KWR
11. s/y Czarny Bonawentura /KWR
12. s/y Polled 2 /KWR
13. s/y Zena II /OPEN
14. s/y Barnaba /OPEN
15. s/y More /OPEN
We are slowly collecting powerful team. Who joined us?
s/y Anitra – Albin Vega, after one year break, again in SailBook Cup
s/y 2 Easy – Albin Accent 26
s/y Czarny Bonawentura – yellow Becker 27, as a achivement they wrote “7,5 knot down wind” – how can you not like them?
s/y Polled 2 – this year’s winner of SailBook Cup
The participants and supporters of SailBook Cup 2014 had a unique opportunity to take part of the summary of the South Baltic Cup, thanks to our co-organizer, Pomeranian Sailing Association. And although our event – the closing ceremony of the SailBook Cup 2014 regatta – was supposed to be only associated event, it dominated SBC Gala, definitely.
There’s no better way to cheer us like contest!
SBC – 4% of 300 classified skippers had appeared
SailBook Cup – 56% of participants (there were 97 sailors) had appeared, and the same number of the supporters
The sailors from all over the country took a part in the ceremony – Wiesław Krupiński and his wife came here from Kielce, Dobrochna Nowak, the better half of Szymon Kuczyński (who’s currently on the Canaries and he’s preparing himself to take a part in journey around the world on Atlantic Puffin), came from Cracow, Dominik Kacprzak and Agnieszka Spodzieja arrived from Jastarnia, Konsal arrived from Puck with Ryszard Drzymalski, Małgosia Woźniak and Andrzej Czyranowicz on board, and Kristi – with Sławomir Frajkopf and Romek Jastrzębski from Tolkomicko.
The crew from Elblag was also there: Łukasz Politański with his wife and Adam Kapczyński.
The sailors from Tricity, their wives, fans and supporter were multiple, but it’s rather obvious as we consider the logistic part, but we would like to thank you all, that you were there with us.
Accept of speeches and mutual prizes during the SBC Gala, 12 sailors were awarded with trophies – what’s more important, 5 of them are our friends and participants of the SailBook Cup regatta.
The second part of the SBC Gala is definitely a proof of the success in organizing SailBook Cup. Our sailors took over the event, bringing ovations and cheers for the winners of the each class and the winners of our drawing as well.
The trophies for the 1st and 2nd leg, donated by Warmia and Masuria Marshal’s Office, received:
LEG I LEG II
KWR ORC OPEN KWR ORC OPEN
1ST PLACE Facil Polled 2 Barnaba Goodspeed Polled 2 Wanda
2ND PLACE Atlantic Quick Bystrze Endorphine Quick
Puffin Livener Livener
3RD PLACE Konsal Four Wanda Facil Four Winds
The winner of the race and the SailBook Cup trophy is skipper Jacek Chabowski and his crew from Polled 2. As a souvenir, all winners received a wooden yachts staue.
KWR ORC OPEN
1ST PLACE Endorphine Polled 2 Wanda
2ND PLACE Facil Quick Livener
3RD PLACE Konsal Four Winds
We appreciate not only the nautical skills, but also those abilities, which make our race a unique event. That’s why we decided to award them with special prizes:
– a set of a book goes to Tomasz Konnak on Czarodziejka, for his company during the road to Visby;
– in the category of the best radio during regatta: Kristi, for fighting to the end, and Four Winds, for sailing 400 miles without the mainsail; three radio broadcasts: Ana Kruszczyńska from Resumee, Monika Kwiatkowska from Goodpeed, Roman Jastrzębski form Kristi and Monika Wiater’s movie from Four Winds – we could see it at the beginning of the event – it attracted the attention of the viewers;
– we decided (with all participants) to award Quick Livener with the Fair Play award, for helping Piorun IV, which lost the rudder 5 miles before the entrance to the port in Visby. The prize is a lifebuoy from Danish Aero- Værft.
– The sail with Warmia and Masuria logo, donated by the Warmia and Masuria Marshal’s Office, goes to yacht Kristi – we will be able to see it in the next edition of the race;
– Michał Weselak received oilskin donated by Henri Lloyd Poland (who’s with us from the very beginning) as the main prize in the category of the best report from the race. He had an opportunity to try it during the Battle of Gothland.
And the prizes during the drawing?
Kristi and Facil took Selden GX furlers, Atlantic Puffin and Polled 2 got gift sets form Ocean Sails, including a discount to sew the sail, bags, jackets, hats and mugs, Resumee was gifted by 3 Sails with GPS, tablet and mobile phone handles, Monika Kwiatkowska form Goodspeed took oilskin form limited edition Ostar for Dydek from Henri Lloyd, and Wanda, Four Winds, Endorphine and Konsal were awarded with VHF radio from Navcomm.
The awards ceremony was honored by:
Jerzy Wcisła – UMWiM
Maciej Krupa – sailor and City Councillor of Gdansk
Andrzej Schuetz – Henri Lloyd Poland
Andrzej Szrubkowski – Gdansk Sailing Federation
Bogusław Witkowski – PDSA
Sergey Pavlienko, Commander of Ost-West Kaliningrad Yacht Club and skipper of Blagodarnost II (which, unfortunately, has a fault before he even reached the platform), appreciated us for organizing such an amazing race in typical Slavic style. According to our racing ambitions, he received a rope from the yacht, as a gift.
Right after the official part of the event, we went to the headquarters of the Polish Maritime Club – Baszta Łabędź – to eat something, see the slideshow and begin the feast – which we ended at early morning.
We would like to thank all companies and institutions – the race would be impossible without our support! Special thanks go to:
– companies Naftoport, Work Sercice, Voith Industrial and City of Sopot,
– the founders of the awards: Selden Mast, Henri Lloyd Polska, Ocean Sails, Aero-Vearft, Navcomm, 3 Sails, Księgarnia Morska and Almapress (the total value of prizes reached 30.000 pln)
– media partners: SSI, Tawerna Skipperów, The Prestige and W Ślizgu magazines, Młody Elblag, Radio Gdańsk, SVN, Baatsans and the New Kaliningrad,
– and for exceptional commitment to the project of our race, and special prizes: Jerzy Kuliński, Warmia and Masuria Marshal’s Office with Marshal Jacek Protas, Regina Czymbor and Jerzy Wcisło from Regional Office.