Words by Agnieszka Grzymska
Last weekend Maks Żakowski and I took part in the oldest long distance regatta in Poland: the Blue Ribbon of Gdańska Bay. It was run for the 63rd time and was the biggest ever! There was over 150 units racing against each other with over 600 sailors competing on the water. Yachts, catamarans, formula kites, foilboards and all other kinds of boats had to cover the distance of 40km from Gdynia to Sopot to Gdańsk and back down-wind.
The wind was very light but overall weather conditions were absolutely awesome: beautiful, sunny and warm autumn day with clear sky. The start was truly breath-taking with all of the boats on the start line. Yes, it was a bit tricky, because all the kites went for a port-tack-start. Maks was riding foilboard, I was on formula and both of us on our 18m Ozone Chronos. Maks finished in record time of 73 minutes, defending his title and beating his last year record. I was racing with our young gun: 17-year-old Piotr Lenckowski (also on Chronos) most of the time. It was actually very interesting, because we were going kite to kite for over 30km. Downwind I was able to speed up and take the win when the wind dropped a bit. It was amazing race with great atmosphere and absolutely fantastic weather!