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The Atlantic

SAILING ACROSS THE ATLANTIC IN 14 DAYS WITH “POLPHARMA-WARTA” CATAMARAN

The Atlantic
The Atlantic
The Atlantic
The Atlantic
The Atlantic
The Atlantic
The Atlantic
The Atlantic

SAILING ACROSS THE ATLANTIC IN 14 DAYS WITH “POLPHARMA-WARTA” CATAMARAN

The crew of Gemini were Polish – apart from Andrzej, Filip Bajon, a film director and several friend sailed with us. We set off from Portugal in order to stop soon in Madera. We wanted to refill our supplies but also see the house in which Marshall Joseph Pilsudski lived in 1930. Filip Bajon especially wanted to see it as he was much interested about the thing and had a broad knowledge about the issue. We had the diaries of the Marshall’s aide-de-camp and they were to lead us to the desired building (there were no marked routes to this historical place). It turned out that the building was preserved in an excellent condition and a big tablet on the wall commemorated Pilsudski’s visit.

The Canary Islands were our next stop. A priest joined the crew at this point, who, when he heard of the cruise, spontaneously decided to join the crew. It was not the best idea as it turned out later, as he spent most of the time in a lying position fighting the sea sickness.

Our target was Barbados, an island in the Caribbean Archipelago. The weather was fine, the sail was pleasant, almost luxurious. It was a relaxing trip when compared to the polar expeditions. We were talking a lot, fishing, listening to the radio. On the fifth day of the cruise we sat down to the Christmas table under a tiny plastic Christmas tree hung under the ceiling. The table was laid with formerly prepared plates which had Christmas trees painted on them, canned fish, chocolate, biscuits and a little bread.

We reached the centre of the Ocean on the New Year’s Day and I decided to have a swim in the sea. Others, although they had made promises, gave up swimming. The yacht was going with the rigging only so I tied myself with a thick rope and jumped out over the board. It turned out that, although Gemini had no sails on, it was sailing pretty fast and I had to work really hard not to get pulled by the thick rope into the water. Were it not for the fact I was a good swimmer, my swim could have had a fatal ending. I managed to climb out to the boat after a half an hour.

I was planning the next possible expeditions during the cruise. My crew mates suggested new ideas: perhaps go down the Chinese river, Yangze, sail around the world or walk across all the continents?

Eventually, we saw on the horizon in the distance a land which was approaching with every minute. The cruise was coming to an end. I have learnt a lot during this cruise. The experience I have got here could be useful at the cruise with Polpharma-Warta catamaran several years later. The only minus was that I lost shape – it’s difficult to take care of it while sailing on a yacht.