The youngest ever sailing crew conquered Northwest Passage!
Entering the Pacific Ocean through the Bering Strait on the 19th of September 2006 the crew of S/V "Stary" closed the symbolic gate of the Northwest Passage. At the same time, with the average age of 25, the crew of S/V "Stary" became the youngest ever sailing team in the history of one of the most difficult sailing routes in the world. Deck by deck with S/V "Stary", and another Polish yacht - S/V "Nekton" - both have completed the Passage. Both yachts became the first Polish sailing yachts to have ever sailed through the legendary Northwest Passage.
"Old" with us for a long time. Performed very well during our last trip around South America. Now, can he cope with the Arctic ice - Dominik Bac, author of the expedition.
Sail Number: PZ 2162
Call sign: SPS 2189
Stage I (Poland - Greenland)
Captain: Colin Jendroszczyk
Crew: Mark Bonczar, Anne Jakubiec, Andrew Kolon, Michal Michalik, Aleksander Nowak, Marek Sobieski, Tom Szewczyk (Iceland - Greenland)
Stage II (Northwest Passage)
Masters of: (in order of running) Dominik Bac, Jacek Wacławski, Slawek Skalmierski
Crew: Konstantin Kulik, Agnieszka Strużyk, Thomas Szewczyk
Colin Jendroszczyk , b. 1982 Participant trip around South America, the navigation officer and a good sailor. Swam nearly 30,000 miles of sea. Film and theater lover, windsurfing and paragliding.Responsible for the preparation of navigational expedition. Author's website Nwpass.pl. Favorite Quote: "one in a million chance goes up as one to ten." A student of the Academy of Economics in Katowice.
Mark Bonczar , b. 1979 Yacht Skipper, participated in a cruises on the Baltic, the North Sea and the Aegean. Skier, a lover of the Tatra Mountains, painting, literature, and the Beatles.Doctor of Medicine.
Andrzej Kolon , b. 1981 Under the sails came to the shores of five continents, was the research stations on Spitsbergen and Antarctica. He has travel to Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil. An avid skier, the soul of the company and an excellent companion in emergency situations. Class 1 radio operator, call sign SQ9MLJ.Student Silesian University of Technology.
Michal Michalik , b. 1982 His passion is snowboarding, windsurfing and dabbled otniarstwo. An indispensable member of the crew, has an excellent sense of humor and knows how to deal with any situation. He studied at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Economics in Katowice.
Marek Sobieski , b. 1954 Entrepreneur (304th position among the 500 largest Polish enterprises), loves the movement and nature.Captain of the yacht from 1977, Polish champion Tony One class of 1972, two-time participant in the race for the Cup Polonaise loners.He s / s Asterias voyages Havana-Swinoujscie and Sydney-Montewideo, around Cape Horn (second prize Voyage of the Year '88). Mountain bike enthusiast (multiple participant in the eight-day race in pairs Addidas Chellenge Bike Transalp 2000-2005) and Hobbie Cat catamarans sports (racing participant Amber Cup 2004).Blessed is the man, the father of three sons, 4 months Magdusi grandfather.
Thomas Szewczyk , born. 1986 Sea Yacht skipper for many years on boats sailing competitively, is a master of Silesia in class Europe. His passion is skiing and windsurfing.The tactician trip and prepare hardware. Class 1 radio operator, call sign SQ9MLS. He participated in the expedition Scandinavia Around 2004, which reached the entrance to the Channel Białomorsko-Baltic on Lake Onega. Student of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technical University in Gliwice.
Dominik Bac , b. 1979, originator and author of the expedition Northwest Passage Jubilee Voyage 2006 (together with Jack Wacławskim and Slawek Skalmierskim) honored with the prestigious "Hindrances" - a dream for many years connected with the Arctic, mountains and areas podbiegunowymi. Co-organizer, participant and photographer expedition "Cape Horn Antarctica Expedition 2002/2003". Organizer land expedition to the volcano Cotopaxi (highest active volcano in the world 5896 meters above sea level) and the interior of South America (Colombia, Amazonia, Peru, Ekwadorm, Chile, Argentina, Brazil). Isolated completed the expedition "Trans-Asia 2000" and "Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh and Nepal 2001 '. The main organizer of the expedition "Dakar 2004". President and founder of the 'Group Outdoor "- the organizer of expeditions and sea voyages. Lecturer navigation on the sailing ship "Pogoria". This leads to the end of the project "impossible". As a pilot of foreign tourists visited half of Europe.Among his passions outside of sailing, include mountain climbing, skiing, caving and globtrottering and recently diving. A graduate of the Academy of Physical Education.
Jacek Wacławski , b. 1981 Sailor of the Year award winner in 2003 and the Colossus of 2003, the most prestigious award travel in Poland. The world's youngest captain to sail under sail to the shores of Antarctica. There is no impossible for him-as he says, "You just have to swim." He was the initiator and main organizer of the expedition "Cape Horn - Antarctica Expedition 2002/2003", around South America and Cape Horn. Is the author of motivational training. Contributor Northwest Passage expedition project Jubilee Voyage 2006 honoree prestigious "Hindrances." Student Medical University of Silesia, working in the Laboratory of Experimental Cardiology, Silesian Center for Heart Diseases in Zabrze.
Slawek Skalmierski , b. 1979 Student Silesian University of Technology. During the expedition Cape Horn Antarctica Expedition 2002/2003 winner of the Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador. A specialist in technical matters and electronics. Organizer and participant of expedition Dakar 2004. A man of any special tasks.Since 1994, the year the glider. Among his passions can be found, such as skiing, gliding, ultralight trikes, and windsurfing.Contributors Project expedition Northwest Passage Jubilee Voyage 2006 honored with the prestigious "Zawada"
QNT Northwest Passage Jubilee Voyage 2006 started in Greenland on 15th of August 2006 and was dedicated to commemorate 100th anniversary of the pioneer Roald Amundsen's expedition, Norwegian explorer, who became the first person to sail entire length of the Northwest Passage in the years 1903 - 1906.... read more in the press release
From Greenland S/V "Stary" was accompanied by the second polish yacht - S/V "Nekton" - commanded by Capt. Tadeusz Natanek with the Polish crew originating from Canada, who also decided to sail the Northwest Passage. Both crews sailed the waters from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean helping each other. Joint success of both crews was accomplished by symbolic, deck by deck, passing over Point Barrow, the farthest northern point of the USA whose passing meant successfully leaving the vastness of Arctic ice behind. Next, both yachts went south through the Chukchi Sea to the Bering Strait ending the main part of the expedition there.
Following the steps of Roald Amundsen's route the members of QNT Northwest Passage Jubilee Voyage 2006 also explored the land. They were climbing the Greenland mountains, paragliding over the Arctic ice and visiting the whale hunters' village located on Cross Island. They were also diving in the wreckage of "Maud" the ship that originally belonged to the Norwegian explorer. During the six weeks long expedition a documentary titled "Searching for the legend" was produced. It focuses on the life of Norwegian discoverer as seeing by contemporary eyes.
"Sailing the Northwest Passage only in one season and in such a sort time proves a huge success. It also demonstrates perfect planning and expresses determination of the crew who try to make the most of good weather forecasts to the very last day", says Capt. Wojciech Jacobson, one of the first Poles, who in the years 1985-1988 successively sailed the Northwest Passage together with Ludomir Maczka in the expedition organized by known explorer Janusz Kurbiel.
"I followed all the steps of the expedition and I was entirely emotionally engaged in it. I admire them for the ability to find the time for climbing, diving and paragliding. Congratulations to all of them! Professional climbers know well that climbing down the top of the mountain is equally difficult as to climbing up. I wish them happy and safe voyage while coming back from north top end across the Bering Sea and the Pacific", adds Jacobson.
The jubilee sailing of the Northwest Passage has closed the main part of the expedition. However, it was not the end of the QNT Northwest Passage Jubilee Voyage 2006 expedition itself whose aim was to circumnavigate North America. From Vancouver the next part of expedition begun. This time, on the way to Miami, the young crew explored San Bias Archipelago - the territory settled by The Kuna Indians. Next, they sailed through the Panama Canal in order to reach Colombia from the Darien Narrow called the "The Pole of the jungle". In Colombia the sailors were exploring Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world's highest seaside peaks.
About Northwest Passage
The Northwest Passage is a sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the Arctic Archipelago of Canada. John Cabot was the first explorer who was trying to find the way through the Northwest Passage. He then was followed by Martin Frobisher, John Davis, Henry Hudson, William Parry, Robert McClure (who discovered the first NW Passage) and Sir John Franklin Expedition of 126 men and two ships forever lost. Only Roald Amundsen, famous Norwegian polar explorer who first reached the South Pole, was the first was lucky enough to sail the entire Passage in the years 1903-1906.
About QNT Northwest Passage Jubilee Voyage 2006
QNT Northwest Passage Jubilee Voyage 2006 is the second polar expedition organised by members of Group Outdoor Association from Gliwice in Poland. During the previous voyage organized in 2002/2003, the same yacht S/V "Stary" lead by Capt. Jacek Wacławski rounded South America around Cape Horn and sailed down to the Polish Antarctic Station - "Henryk Arctowski" reaching position 63°03'S, 60°44'W at the King George Island. Achieving that S/V "Stary" became the second Polish sailing yacht that had ever sailed so far to the South. This expedition was then awarded The Kolosy Award for the sailing achievement of the year 2003.
The main organizers of the expedition are sailors and travellers from Group Outdoor Association: Dominik Bac, Sławek Skalmierski, Jacek Wacławski and Agnieszka Strużyk, Tomasz Szewczyk and Konstanty Kulik, film director.
KUDOS on your accomplishment!!!
Photos of the Day: The Northwest Passage in Four Weeks
The normally difficult east-to-west route through the Northwest Passage was relatively easy this year, allowing the 42-ft steelStary to complete the trip in four weeks.
Photo Dominik Bac
The young crew of Stary are thrilled to be in the 'tropics' of San Francisco Bay after crossing the Northwest Passage.
Somerset Island - Polar bear
Greenland - Ilulissat
Qutlidgssat - Disko Island
Greenland - Ilulissat
Sondre Stromfjord - Sisimiut
Sisimiut - Ikerasarssuk
Greenland - s / s "Old