2012-2013 - The call of Ocean
across the Atlantic onboard „Lilla My” (LOA 5,00 m)
This project was succed in July 2013 !
Setka is a project that comprises building a small, wooden yacht, sailing it in a cross-Atlantic race and back home, to Europe. It consists of four major stages and has been undertook by Dobrochna Nowak and Szymon Kuczyński. We want to prove that high seas sailing can be inexpensive and available to broad circles. As far as we know, it will be the smallest Polish sailboat to cover the route.
Key objectives of the expedition are:
- to build the yacht ourselves to limit the cost;
- to prove that taking part in high seas or ocean regatta does not require significant funding/
- to prove that irrespectively of the size of the watercraft, sailing can be safe and available to everybody.
Stages of the project:
I. Building setka-type yacht and preparing it to high seas sailing. The sailboat is made from water-proof plywood, using stitch and glue technology. It has a very sturdy construction, very good seaworthiness and, additionally, it is fast. Good stability is ensured by a 180-kg ballast keel, while the displacement is boosted by filling seat lockers with buoyant material. There is enough room under the deck for births for two, a galley, a navigation table and storage space for supplies and own belongings. We started constructing the sailboat in January, and finished in June, 2012. Fotos: Firts stage; Second Stage, Third Stage, Final Stage
our yacht: Mała Mi (eng. Little My) /fot. P. Jasica/
II. Testing the sailboat and skipper on the Baltic Sea:
1. Speed record setting attempt at Górki Zachodnie – Świnoujście route (the current time in Group I – up to 6.45 m – is 83 hours and 41 minutes). More about the record: http://www.jkm-neptun.com.pl/rekord-prdkoci.html
2. Start in a single-handed Baltic race:
Polonez Cup Baltic Regatta of Solitary Sailors from 13 to 18 August, 2012, from Świnoujście to Christianson to Świnoujście. More information about the regatta: www.regaty-poloneza.pl
Szymon’s participation in the single-handed cross-Atlantic regatta originated by Janusz Maderski. It starts on 11 November, 2012, in Sagres, Portugal. The route goes on to the Canary Islands, where, on 10 December, 2012, the participants will take off to high seas to the finish line on the 61st W meridian, between Martinique and St. Lucia. The port of destination is Fort de France on Martinique. The route spans over 2700 Mm (5000 km), straight line, and the expected voyage time is 50-60 days. Photos: Part 1, Part 2.
III. At the Caribbean, we plan to sail the islands to get to know local culture and communities. Moreover, we want to use anchor grounds frequented by international sailors to share experience and learn their history. Photos: Carribean part
Return of the 2-person crew (Dobrochna and Szymon) to Europe through the Bermudas and the Azores. We will see if two persons can live peacefully in the very limited sailboat space in high seas. The voyage is to be divided into three stages. The first one is from the Caribbean to the Bermudas, the second from the Bermudas to the Azores, and the third from the Azores to Europe. Where exactly we will finish is up to us. The ultimate destination is Poland and the distance, straight line, is about 5000 Mm. Photos: Back to Europe
/tłum. S. Kulikowski/
About this project in media: https://picasaweb.google.com/110732027580779693430/MediaONasLillaMyPrzezAtlantyk