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Polish yacht Copernicus, the smallest
yacht to complete the very first Whitbread
Round the World Race in 1973-74, will
compete in the 462nm final Leg 11 of the
Volvo Ocean Race, the Legends Race,
starting on 21 June from Gothenburg in
Sweden and finishing in The Hague in
Copernicus was built especially for the
first Whitbread by the Gdanska Stocznia
Jachtowa ‘Stogi’ boatyard in Poland, with
a lot of help from the members of the
Yacht Klub ‘Stal’ Gdynia on the Baltic Sea
coast, who has owned her ever since. The
participation of Copernicus in the Legends
Race will bring the club back to the world
of ocean racing.
On the final leg in 1974, nothing had
been heard of the yacht since the start
in Rio de Janeiro some
weeks earlier and the
Race Committee, who
suspected her radio was
out of action, put out a
request to all shipping to
report any sighting.
One month later the
little yacht and her crew
of five were reported to
be in excellent condition
and still racing. Fourteen
boats completed the course and Copernicus
finished the gruelling 27,000nm in
11th place. Her skipper was Olympic
yachtsman, Zygfryd ‘Zyga’ Perlicki.
The Polish were people with dreams,
which came true although at the time they
lived in a country behind the Iron Curtain,
with modest maritime traditions. After
finishing the race in 1974, Copernicus was
used for training, cruising and expeditions
and still regularly sails across the Baltic
and North Sea.
The Volvo Ocean Race still remains the
most difficult and toughest fully-crewed
race around the world there is today.
A course aimed at improving the level of preparedness
by marinas and marina based boaters prior to extreme
weather events was recently conducted by The Marina
Industries Association (MIA).
The half day Club Marine Extreme Weather Preparedness
workshop for 21 club and marina staff was held at the Royal
Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) on Pittwater in Sydney.
Senior industry leaders Andrew Chapman and Darren
Vaux prepared the course content. The course draws on
learning from marina professionals around the world and
from the experiences of Club Marine in its capacity as the
largest recreational boat insurer in Australia.
While cyclones or hurricanes are given attention through
the deliver y of case studies there is equal relevance in
the course for marinas in all regions given the increasingly
frequency of storms and storm cells that deliver extreme
wind, wave, surge and hail events.
The next course will be held in Perth WA and progressively
rolled out across Australia and Asia according to demand. MIA
welcomes enquiry from any marina interested in attending
or hosting the course. Course details can be found on the
MIA website <w w w.marinas.net.au>
The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) opened its doors to the public on
the 18th April following highly anticipated international interest.
The world-famous cruise liner, which has a history spanning
five decades, is now docked permanently at Mina Rashid.
Her opening marks the first phase of several stages in which
segments of the liner will be opened and released for a unique
experience capturing all that was grand about her 40 years
The 13-deck hotel has been restored to her former glory
maintaining her most loved interior design features –
including her period furniture, renowned paintings and famous
Passengers can experience some of the ship’s original
restaurants including The Chart Room – a sophisticated and
historical lounge and bar; The Golden Lion – a traditional
English pub and potentially one of Dubai’s oldest; The Pavilion
– a family restaurant with an expansive terrace overlooking the
marina; Lido – the hotel’s all- day-dining restaurant; The Grand
Lounge – a cabaret-style lounge with a weekly entertainment
programme; and the Yacht Club – a chic rendition of the former
venue as well as a unique take on the traditional afternoon tea.
Queen Elizabeth 2 starts a new
voyage as a floating hotel in Dubai
Smallest yacht to complete the first
Whitbread enters Legends Race
Extreme Weather gets high rating
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