Krystyna Chojnowska-Liskiewicz

Krystyna Chojnowska-Liskiewicz

Krystyna Chojnowska-Liskiewicz (born 15 july 1936 - of Poland was the first woman to sail single-handed (ie. solo) around the world, repeating the accomplishment of Joshua Slocum. [ [ "List Of Solo Circumnavigators"] , from the Joshua Slocum Society International] [ [ "Solo Oceans Sailing & Racing"] from] [ [ "Joyon's strength and skill shatters two solo records"] , from Telegraph Sport] She sailed from the Canary Islands on February 28, 1976, and returned there on April 21, 1978, completing a circumnavigation of 31,166 nautical miles (57,719 km) in 401 days.

The boat

Krystyna Chojnowska-Liskiewicz carried out her westabout (east to west) voyage on "Mazurek", a Conrad 32 sloop built in Poland. "Mazurek" was 9.51 metres (31.2 ft) long, with a beam of 2.70 metres (8.86 ft) and a sail area of 35 square metres (376.7 ft²). "Mazurek"'s construction team was headed by Chojnowska-Liskiewicz's husband. [ [ "The First Lady of the oceans"] , from Polska (Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs tourism website)]

The voyage

She set sail from the Canary Islands on February 28, 1976, crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Barbados. She then sailed through the Caribbean Sea to the Panama Canal, and hence to the Pacific Ocean.

After crossing the Pacific, Chojnowska-Liskiewicz sailed via Tahiti and Fiji to Australia, and then west across the Indian Ocean via Mauritius. After passing the Cape of Good Hope, she sailed north, and crossed her outbound track on March 20, 1978 at 16° 08.5' north latitude and 35° 50' west longitude.

Chojnowska-Liskiewicz completed her voyage when she entered the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on April 21, 1978, having sailed convert|31166|nmi|km in 401 days. On June 18, 1978, she returned to Poland, where she is still seen as something of a national hero. [ [ "Rogowska: the latest Pole to vault to the top"] , International Association of Athletics Associations]

Other contenders for the title

In completing her voyage, Chojnowska-Liskiewicz only narrowly beat Naomi James, who completed her own single-handed circumnavigation on June 8, 1978. James' voyage is itself notable, however; she completed a fast (although not non-stop) circumnavigation in just 272 days, thus improving on Sir Francis Chichester’s solo round-the-world sailing record by two days. She also became the first woman to single-handedly sail the clipper route, eastabout and south of the three great capes, starting and finishing in the English Channel (a requirement for speed records).

In 1988, Kay Cottee of Australia became the first woman to complete a "non-stop" single-handed circumnavigation, on "Blackmore's First Lady".


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