News from Poland – 13.03.2011

Brothers in Poland anxiously observed the mishap of Polish brig FRYDERYK CHOPIN which after encountering very rough weather has been dismasted on Atlantic. The captain, Ziemowit BARANSKI our brother no. 12, thanks to both good luck and his own professional skills, managed to avoid any casualties among the full crew of quite young cadets. Then, since rescue tow to Falmouth in UK, there were many weeks of uncertainty because insurers refused to pay the damages. Luckily the issue was recently resolved and Falmouth dockyard is now busy returning the tall-ship to the former glory, under watchful eye of her captain.

The Warsaw Table has its regular and sedentary land based Zafarrancho in the beginning of February 2011. However almost simultaneously there were extraordinary ‘minizafs’ in the deep south of Patagonia, in Tierra del Fuego’s Ushuaia where four of our Brothers were haphazardly meeting each other coming from different directions on three sailing yachts. In the period of one months between 9th of January and 9th of February Brother Maciej Sokolowski (120) heading on sy SELMA for the Weddell Sea has first hosted on board Robert Kibart (118) coming from Caribbean on sy KATHARSIS II. Then after his own safe return to Ushuaia he welcomed on SELMA brothers Jacek Knajdrowski (90) and Tomasz Przeciechowski (117) going to Antarctica on sy PANIKA. Naturally there were a lot of ORZA’s and exchanges of sea stories.

The next worthy remembering event happened in the beginning of March. British Brother Malcolm Hill de Levante was elected as a laureate of yearly international “CONRAD’s” award – for the outstanding yacht personality. For the Award’s distribution ceremony he came to Gdansk with an escort of 12 strong party of British and German Brothers. They had an opportunity to attend also another yearly ceremony held a day earlier – for the yearly Polish yachting “The Sail of the Year” and “The Silver Sextant” awards. The local Table of our Brotherhood welcomed them all and the occasion lead to an impromptu international Zafarrancho at the famous ZEJMAN tavern on the Gdansk Granary Island.

Our last minute news is that Brother Andrzej Kacala (97) was present at the launching of Rotterdam Table of Netherlands’s BOC on 12/13 March. On behalf of Polish Brothers he welcomed the new third table and passed our best wishes to all.

J.Knabe (2) VI Poland

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