Secret Polish mega-cat


 
Roman Paszke tells us about his new boat designed to beat Ellen's solo round the world record
Poland is well known for its Olympic sailors such as the former Finn Gold medallist Mateusz Kusznierewicz or Desafio Espanol helmsman and former Match Race World Champion Karol Jablonski, but a man hoping to put this country on the map when it comes to offshore sailing is Roman Paszke. Paszke entered the racing world's collective conscience when his Judel-Vrolijk designed MK Cafe competed on the ILC 40 circuit in the late 1990s, and was part of the winning US Admiral's Cup team in 1997 with John Kolius. After this Paszke moved on to a more extreme end of yachting, when he befriended Bruno Peyron and ended up competing in The Race aboard Polpharma Warta, the Ollier designed and built maxi-catamaran which as Commodore Explorer had been the steed in which Peyron and his crew had famously been the first to establish a Jules Verne Trophy record time back in 1993. By the time of The Race the boat was already 12 years old, although substantially modified and updated, and Paszke and his valiant Polish crew had to put up with being one of the back markers along with Tony Bullimore's Team Legato. Ironically five years on, the two of them still sailing oversized catamarans, Paszke may well find himself up against Tony Bullimore once again. Since The Race Paszke has been involved in a number of other projects. He has campaigned a Polish 60ft trimaran in the Nokia Oops Cup and in 2004 set off on the Volvo Ocean 60 BPH Bank (the former Assa Abloy training boat) in an attempt to become the first monohulll to sail non-stop around the world with a full crew - unfortunately having to retire to South Africa. With his latest project Paszke wants to attempt to break what is certainly the hardest sailing

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