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Archiwum: September 2020

We know the results of the Battle, the cup in new hands!

17 September 2020

The 9th edition of the Great Sailing Battle of Gotland has ended with the entry to the finish line by the last regatta competitor, Maciej Hejna on Double Scotch. 20 competitors signed up for the regatta. There were 16 of them at the start. 5 of them retired from the race. 11 reached the finish line.

The winner in the ORC class was Kuba Marjański on Busy Lizzy.

Full ORC results

The winner in the Open class was Paweł Biały on the Delphia III yacht.

Full results in the OPEN category

The honorary award named after Edward Gale Zając goes to Maciej Hejna.

The main judge of the regatta was Tomasz Konnak.

Stormy finish the Battle of Gotland

The fourth day of the regatta, the Great Sailing Battle of Gotland, was full of exciting events. Nine yachts have already crossed the finish line, two sailors have withdrawn from the regatta just 10 miles before the finish, and the two slowest units are still struggling with the stormy Baltic Sea. It is already known that Paweł Biały won in the OPEN class on Delphia III. The competition in ORC continues!

For the sailors and the organizers of the Battle, the last day was a real carousel of events and twists. A lot happened at the finish line, there was also the announced change of weather and a significant increase in wind strength, which drastically changed the conditions on the water.

At 18:16:42 Piotr Falk arrived on the GW buoy on the BLUESinA yacht. Piotr completed the race in 78h 16m 32’s. It was an extremely successful cruise in his performance, the more so that after the first day he reported problems with the mainsail and wanted to withdraw from the regatta. However, his colleagues – rivals persuaded him not to give up and keep going. At the finish line, Piotr did not hide his emotions. “This is the Battle”, he said, “This is the atmosphere for which you want to come back. We are rivals but not enemies. I am delighted that they convinced me. It is never worth giving up. You always have to fight to the end.”

The first 6 yachts reached the finish line in less than 2 hours, almost one after the other. Krystian Szypka, the director of the regatta, comments: “After sailing over 500 miles, the top sailors gave us an amazing finish. On such a long route it is very rare for a race to be so even, and yachts race almost side to side ”. All the aforementioned units compete in the ORC category, the results of which will be known only after the last boat of the class has completed the race.

It is Double Scotch under Maciej Hejna. Together with Grzegorz Rać at OceanTEAM, they are the only sailors still in the race. Yesterday around 21:00 they were caught by the previously announced storm wind from the north. In the vicinity of these yachts there is a shielding unit, General Zaruski, maintaining communication with the sailors. The captain of the sailing ship informed us in the morning that the condition of the yachts and the well-being of the competitors were good.

The same, north wind interrupted the race of two debutants of the Battle of Gotland – Kamil Baranowski on Belfer and Adam Szeligowski on Wiking. After reaching the height of Hel, today, on September 17, around 4 am, the sailors decided to stop the race and take refuge in the port. “I decided that I had no chance of safe entry to Górki Zachodnie under these conditions. The squalls reached 45 knots and I decided to enter Hel. It was a difficult decision, but I don’t regret it”, says the Wiking captain. “At least I’ll have a reason to come back next year”, he adds.

With the withdrawal of Belfer and Wiking yachts from the regatta, we already know the official results of the competition in the OPEN class. Only 3 sailors took part in it, and Paweł Biały on Delphia III was the first to cross the finish line shortly after midnight. This is another successful start of this sailor who, as one of the very few, completed the battle challenge successfully last year. “I am very pleased with the start. This year’s Battle was a little easier for me, I’m less tired than a year ago. But at the same time, I improved my result by 6 hours. It is also good. Will I be back next year? Of course!”

According to the weather forecast prepared by Juliusz Orlikowski, the competitors remaining on the route will sail in the gradually weakening wind, which in the evening will blow with a force of 4-5B. OceanTEAM and Double Scotch yachts are expected at the finish line this evening.

The positions of competitors can be tracked in real time via the website https://yb.tl/gotland2020 or using the YB Races telephone application, as well as on the regatta website: https://bitwaogotland.pl/tracking/.

Strategic partners of the Battle of Gotland 2020 are: Miasto Gdańsk and Farby jachtowe Teknos Oliva.  Sponsors: Delta, Bogmar, OceanTEAM, Konsal, Kompas i Marina Przełom. Partners: Województwo pomorskie oraz Województwo Warmińsko Mazurskie. The organizers of the regatta: OceanTEAM oraz MARISTO.PL.

Unfavorable wind and countdown to storm hours

16 September 2020

The third day of the Great Sailing Battle of Gotland regatta is a significant drop in yachts speed and a change in wind direction to a very unfavorable one – straight from the bow. Sailors are already feeling tired and there are still many challenges ahead. The last 12 hours of regatta was exhaustive tacking against the wind, knowing that a storm is coming from the north. Will they manage to take refuge in the harbor before it arrives? Certainly not all.

“The current weather situation has greatly complicated the layout on the water and made it impossible for the yachts to finish quickly. Yachts at the forefront since yesterday are laboriously tacking against the wind, blowing exactly from the direction of the finish line.” – reports Krystian Szypka. “On the other hand, the ships in the rear had to face a weak wind, which slowed their navigation significantly and, as a result, there is no doubt that the forecasted storm will cover these sailors” – adds the director.

The cover yachts have reconfigured their positions so that the entire fleet of yachts remaining in the race has the appropriate assistance, and at the same time that the back of the stake is secured by the most powerful vessel and best prepared for storm conditions. The sailing ship, General Zaruski, goes north to accompany the slowest competitors there – Maciej Hejna on the Double Scotch and Grzegorz Rać on OceanTEAM, who will certainly face the announced northern storm.

It will be a very demanding sailing. Jacek Zieliński from the Quick Livener yacht, an extremely experienced sailor and one of the co-organizers of the Battle, tells us about sailing in stormy conditions with the wind in the back. “The difficulty is that in strong, gusty winds from the broadside, sailing requires a lot of attention. It is a fast ride, with the risk of an uncontrolled turning over the stern. Therefore, in these conditions, you cannot fully trust self-steering and you have to be ready to react and even to switch to manual control”. It sounds ordinary, but let’s not forget that the sailors are tired of the several days’ race and they are alone on board. Will they have enough strength? Do they have reserves? In solo regattas, the key aspect is proper energy rationing and frequent rest.

The youngest regatta sailor, Kamil Baranowski, found out about the importance of regular sleep during Tuesday night. The skipper of the Belfer yacht did not rest much last day, focusing on the race, and as a result, his body asked for a moment of respite and Kamil fell asleep longer than planned. This could be seen on the night-time tracking of his yacht, which was dodging uncontrollably for several hours. “This is how the sea teaches less experienced solo sailors that regular sleep is extremely important and you need to take a nap as often as possible” commented Krystian Szypka.

The second specific feature of a solo regatta is that a solo sailor must be very multi-tasking. After all, on board he is not only a captain, but also a panty, a boatswain and a cook. Therefore, comprehensive skills, especially technical ones, are extremely important. There are many faults while sailing on the autumn Baltic Sea, and the success of the entire voyage depends on the sailor’s ability to remove them. Yesterday, Maciej Hejna had an opportunity to prove himself in this topic. On his yacht, Double Scotch, the autopilot crashed. However, after several hours of struggle, the captain reported that he had managed to fix the fault and continued sailing.

What’s next in the race and what will the finish look like? The regatta office informs about it: “Due to the change of weather, we will have to wait a bit longer for sailors at the finish line than we initially estimated. The first players can therefore be expected not on Wednesday noon, but closer to the evening.”

The positions of competitors can be tracked in real time via the website https://yb.tl/gotland2020 or using the YB Races telephone application, as well as on the regatta website: https://bitwaogotland.pl/tracking/.

Strategic partners of the Battle of Gotland 2020 are: Miasto Gdańsk and Farby jachtowe Teknos Oliva.  Sponsors: Delta, Bogmar, OceanTEAM, Konsal, Kompas i Marina Przełom. Partners: Województwo pomorskie oraz Województwo Warmińsko Mazurskie. The organizers of the regatta: OceanTEAM oraz MARISTO.PL.

Fierce fight at the finish and escape from the storm

15 September 2020

The second day of the regatta, the Great Sailing Battle of Gotland, led the sailors to the eastern side of the island. The competitors follow a stable course to the south, taking advantage of the last hours of the favorable west wind. There are 13 yachts left in the race, and the competition in this edition is very even.

The director of the regatta, Krystian Szypka, tells about what happens on the water. “The race entered its second phase after all the boats had passed the Salvorev North Mark. Despite the calm conditions, the yachts are moving at a fairly high speed and in an even formation, unprecedented in the Battle. “

The regatta tracking shows the main group of the 6 fastest yachts, clearly detached from the rest. A tactical duel will take place between these units within the next 24 hours. The wind will soon change its direction to the south, which will force the competitors to tack against the wind and the need to decide on the route variant. Who will choose the best? This group includes Jacek Chabowski on Blue Horizon, defender of the title Zenon Jankowski on Oceanna, Witold Małecki on Good Speed, Tomasz Ładyko on Odyssey, Ryszard Drzymalski on Konsal 2 and Piotr Falk on BLUESinA. The latter, reported yesterday the possibility of withdrawing from the race. Fortunately, the sailor managed to fix the mainsail failure and as you can see, he is still at the forefront for a good result.

Salvorev buoyancy buoy seen from the deck of the Double Scotch in the photo. Photo Maciej Hejna

The slowest of the yachts, Double Scotch with Maciej Hejna, passed the turning buoy at 11.30 and also began sailing south. The captain had minor technical problems the first night. “I lost the gennaker halyard block that allowed me to set this sail. Unfortunately, it fell off the mast. So later in the race I will have to do without it. Interestingly, in the port or even on the water, if someone had to help me, the repair would take no more than 2 hours. When I am alone, I found it too risky to climb the mast. Race a race, but “safety first”.” – reports the sailor.

The first and last yacht on the water are only 75 miles apart, which is a very short distance in the conditions of the Battle. The stake is extremely tight and each of the yachts can emerge victorious from this duel. How does this happen and why is the first yacht at the finish not necessarily a regatta winner? Explains the main judge of the Battle of Gotland, Tomasz Konnak – “In the ORC regatta it is fascinating that we will only know the result when the last participant hits the finish line. If the yachts are well prepared for the regatta, each of them, even the smallest and the slowest, has a chance to win and until the last moment of the race it is not known what the order will be after conversion. Yachts have the right to be in far positions because it results from their length and design speed. In the end, the differences between them will be compensated by calculations. What does the method of counting the results in the ORC formula take into account? Conditions on the route, especially the direction and strength of the wind, and most importantly, the performance of the yacht in a given wind. You have to remember that what we see on Yellow Brick is a simplified version of such calculations. We will know the full details only after the last competitor has finished the race.”

The slower part of the regatta fleet has spread along the northeast coast of Gotland, and these yachts may still be caught by the forecast for tomorrow night’s stormy northward winds. A storm is always a risk for sailors, but the forecast change in weather can also make yachts behind the pack significantly improve their ORC overall score. At the same time, the time differences between race-leading units are very small. It is worth remembering all this and not enjoying the yachts at the finish too quickly. The race is on and the fight is exceptionally even this year.

All yachts are within the range of shielding units, the so-called “Angels” who work in positions consistent with the guidelines of the shield coordinator. Anioły Mokotów and General Zaruski accompany the yachts from the top, Marco Polo watches over and assists the slowest vessels.

The first competitors at the finish line can be expected tomorrow, September 16, around noon.

The positions of competitors can be tracked in real time via the website https://yb.tl/gotland2020 or using the YB Races telephone application, as well as on the regatta website: https://bitwaogotland.pl/tracking/.

Strategic partners of the Battle of Gotland 2020 are: Miasto Gdańsk and Farby jachtowe Teknos Oliva.  Sponsors: Delta, Bogmar, OceanTEAM, Konsal, Kompas i Marina Przełom. Partners: Województwo pomorskie oraz Województwo Warmińsko Mazurskie. The organizers of the regatta: OceanTEAM oraz MARISTO.PL.

First day – Fast tack to Gotland

14 September 2020

The first day of the Great Sailing Battle of Gotland regatta was spent by the competitors on a very fast sailing towards Gotland. The night passed without any dramatic experiences, although, as always in this race, some yachts had a crash and were eliminated from the competition. By noon today, three units withdrew from the regatta. The rest of the yachts are already off the coast of Gotland.

“The first 24 hours of the race were very fast sailing towards Gotland. There was a lot of wind, but from a convenient, western direction for sailors” – reports the director of the regatta, Krystian Szypka. “As expected, the largest yachts, Blue Horizon with Jacek Chabowski and Dancing Queen with Jerzy Matuszak, clearly took the lead.”

The second of the aforementioned units failed during the night. A serious malfunction of the control system forced capt. Jerzy Matuszak to resign from the race. At the moment, using emergency control, he is heading towards the Polish coast, accompanied by a Mokotów (shielding unit) under the command of Aleksandra B. Emche. During the day, the assistance will be given to General Zaruski, and Mokotów will head to the SE headland of Gotland to meet the fastest yachts of the rate on their way back after circling the island.

Earlier, in the first hours of the race, Maciej Banach at UNIQUE and Władysław Chmielewski at BINDI also withdrew from the regatta. Both due to autopilot failure. Władek Chmielewski, an extremely titled sailor from Szczecin, with high aspirations to win, did not hide his bitterness about this fact. “I feel very bad about this situation” – he confessed sadly.

Smaller yachts, especially BLUESinA with Piotr Falk, Good Speed with Witold Małecki and Odyssey with Tomek Ładyko, are fighting with great success and surprisingly effectively. In the case of the latter, the effects of hard work on the boat are clearly visible. This season, Tomek has definitely improved the efficiency of the trim and the speed of sailing.

The second part of the flotilla, which is usually closed by the Double Scotch, a brave but not very fast yacht of the Sadler 32 design, extended a bit more. However, this year, under the command of one of the rookies, Maciej Hejna, the speeds developed by this structurally slow unit are impressive. Maciej has worked hard throughout the season to prepare for the race and is now proving that you can get more from each boat than the constructor and the statistics predicted. Already at the start, Maciej showed his brave attitude, when he was the only one to put up a sail outside the basic set – the genaker.

Were it not for the forecasted large drop in wind speed, the current pace of navigation would give a chance to break the route record, which has remained intact since 2013 and amounts to 62h15 ‘. It is clearly visible in the calculations of Kuba Marianski, whose yacht reached, from the start to the southern tip of the island, an average speed of 6.9 knots. This is a lot considering the length and age of Busy Lizzy (10m, year 1984). However, the upcoming light-wind conditions do not give hope for breaking records.

An expert, Juliusz Orlikowski, comments on weather forecasts: “After a very fast sailing in the strong western wind that occurred tonight, the weather conditions will change. There will be a marked decrease in wind speed. This is due to the expansion of the high-rise system to the north, which will include the southern and central Baltic. The wind force will decrease to 4 ° B, however there will be quite strong gusts of wind at the level of 6 ° B. The wind will still blow from a relatively favorable direction – west. Better wind conditions will be for the competitors at the beginning of the race in the North Gotland region. Tomorrow morning the wind speed will drop further to 2-3 ° B. It will be related to the equalization of pressure in the area of the boom. There will be a drop in the pressure gradient over a large area”. The meteorologist also announces that later, between 11.00 and 23.00, the wind will stop completely, in the entire area occupied by the flotilla.

So what’s next in the race? For sailors sailing along the west coast of Gotland. Taking into account the forecasts, the fastest yachts should reach the turning buoy on Tuesday morning. And then the sailors will most likely be awaited by the flaut.

Paweł Biały is afraid of this on the Delphia III yacht, which is currently leading in the OPEN category. Paweł predicts that he will lose his good position, because there are no sails on board for the announced low-wind conditions. Therefore, his rivals, debutants Adam Szeligowski and Kamil Baranowski, may see it as an opportunity to overtake their experienced friend and win in the class.

It is also possible that Piotr Falk on BLUESinA will withdraw from the regatta in the near future. The sailor reported problems with the mainsail and his further participation in the race is questionable.

The first competitors at the finish line can be expected on Wednesday, September 16.

The positions of competitors can be tracked in real time via the website https://yb.tl/gotland2020 or using the YB Races telephone application, as well as on the regatta website: https://bitwaogotland.pl/tracking/.

Strategic partners of the Battle of Gotland 2020 are: Miasto Gdańsk and Farby jachtowe Teknos Oliva.  Sponsors: Delta, Bogmar, OceanTEAM, Konsal, Kompas i Marina Przełom. Partners: Województwo pomorskie oraz Województwo Warmińsko Mazurskie. The organizers of the regatta: OceanTEAM oraz MARISTO.PL.

START – It will be a very interesting, technical race

Today, on September 13, 2020, at 1200, with 12 kn wind and sun breaking through the clouds, 16 competitors set off on the route of the Great Sailing Battle of Gotland. It is the toughest sea sailing race in Poland and the only national regatta qualifying for the start in international races of ocean solo sailors. The rules of the competition have remained unchanged for years – the route is 500 miles around Gotland and must be covered without stopping, sailing solo.

16 riders appeared at the start of the race around Gotland, out of the initial 20 entered. It is significant and characteristic of this event. The very preparation of the yacht and the sailor for the Battle often turns out to be too difficult and eliminating the pair from the starting list. It is not without reason that this regatta is considered the most difficult not only in Poland, but in the entire Baltic Sea region.

The conditions on the route also constitute the difficulty of the Battle. The September Baltic Sea can show its power and most of the editions are strong wind. However, as experts forecast, we do not expect a storm this time. “In the first day of the race, the west wind will blow, in the Gdańsk Bay area from 4-5 ° B, on the high seas 5-6 ° B. After midnight, the wind speed will gradually decrease. The trend of decreasing wind speed will continue for the next 24 hours. “ – says Juliusz Orlikowski, a meteorologist. “We expect light winds in the following days of the race. However, the barometric situation is quite unstable and conditions can change over the course of a few days.”

What does this mean for players? “It will be a very interesting, technical regatta” – says the regatta director, Krystian Szypka. “The initial strong wind will favor longer and heavier vessels that carry more sail” – he explains. “But later, after changing the conditions to low-wind conditions, there will be a chance for smaller yachts. Above all, however, it will be a test for the tactical and sailing skills of the sailors. The decisive factor here will be skillful sail work and the choice of the route variant. So it promises to be a very interesting competition.”

The players’ attitude towards these forecasts is very different.

“From Busy Lizzy’s perspective, the wind situation is very good” – says Kuba Marjański, one of the Battle of Gotland veterans. “I hope to reach the southern tip of Gotland in the next 24 hours. I expect wind between 20 and 30 knots, perfect conditions for the heavier yachts my vessel belongs to. And then, we’ll see.”

The prognosis is worried by the winner of the previous edition, Zenon Jankowski, who a few days before the start declared that “Blachy” (this is what the competitors say for the Battle trophy) will not give up easily. He has made preparations for it. His vessel, Oceanna, has new sails and reduced weight. The sailor admits that the weather for the first night suits him, while the expected return winds are weak and opposite (from the bow), less. His yacht in close hauled is not doing very well.

This year’s race saw three newcomers. What are they counting on? The youngest, only 20 years old Kamil Baranowski, humbly says that he is not going to go crazy and his goal is to reach the finish line safe. On the other hand, Adam Szeligowski recalls with a twinkle: “I prepared a genaker for the roler, the other one is waiting below deck. For my yacht, such mid-wind conditions are perfect. I’m going to fight for the best result.”

According to the Battle custom, the players on the water will be accompanied by cover units, mainly responsible for radio communication with the participants. The role of “Angels” in this year’s edition are: the sailing ship Generał Zaruski and the yachts: Marco Polo and Mokotów. On the board of the latter, the captain is Aleksandra B. Emche, known to fans from previous editions of the Battle, in which she participated as a player. Angels are also tracked, but as Krystian Szypka explains, their position will not be made available to the fans. “This is dictated by the desire to simplify the image on the water” – explains the director of the regatta – “This will allow the fans to focus on what is most important – on the competition of the Competitors in pursuit of Gotland.”

The first competitors at the finish line can be expected on Wednesday, September 16.

Strategic partners of the Battle of Gotland 2020 are: Miasto Gdańsk and Farby jachtowe Teknos Oliva.  Sponsors: Delta, Bogmar, OceanTEAM, Konsal, Kompas i Marina Przełom. Partners: Województwo pomorskie oraz Województwo Warmińsko Mazurskie. The organizers of the regatta: OceanTEAM oraz MARISTO.PL.

Battle – An exciting race with an unusual atmosphere

11 September 2020

The Great Sailing Battle of Gotland is not only about regattas. It is also the community and climate that make this race seen by many as a celebration of solo sailors. How did the organizers achieve this? The key to success is taking care of the players and their safety. However, an equally important element is the setting of the regatta, which engages thousands of fans. Activating games, competitions and attractions are organized for a large group of fans of the Battle. All this, combined with a solid dose of adrenaline and emotions provided by the race itself – gives the Battle a unique atmosphere and builds its ever stronger position in the sailing community.

Safety first. This slogan is repeated by the organizers like a mantra. They raise them by inspecting yacht equipment, providing weather forecasts, on-line tracking, medical cover, and regulations governing players’ personal emergency equipment. But Krystian Szypka, the director of the regatta, also emphasizes another dimension of this event: “The unusual atmosphere of the Battle is felt both on land and in the water” – he says. “The players fight for the result like lions, but at the same time support each other. We have never had any protest, which is unusual in the racing community, but every year we witness many great fair play gestures. The whole organizational trick is to ensure the highest possible level of safety for players, but not to negatively affect the atmosphere of the event. I hope we succeed … We are also getting more and more involved in interactions with fans, which makes the Battle Family grow from year to year. “

Since 2014, the regatta tradition has been the creation of the Regatta Village in Marina Przełom in Górki Zachodnie, which throughout the race is the seat of the Coastal Regatta Team and the start and finish port. Here too, a few days before the start, yachts and competitors gather, as well as their families, friends and supporters. Among the well-established traditions, two stand out.

The first one is watching a movie about sailing together on the pre-start evening. This peculiar open-air cinema is organized by our friend JachtFilm, and this year a documentary about the great figure of Polish sailing, Kazimierz “Kuba” Jaworski, will be shown.

The second, extremely interesting tradition is the Great Land Battle of the Totem. It is a game in which players’ fans prepare “totems” for them. They are staged in the Regatta Village and then the winning entry is selected by voting online. Totems are made with a pinch of salt and provide a lot of smile and positive energy.

The battle is also a charity initiative. This year, the organizers decided to support the fundraising campaign for little Ola Dzienniak, whose parents are collecting funds for heart surgery.

How important do these Battle Attractions for players? Maciej Hejna, one of the debutants of this year’s edition, says: “My children made a surprise for me and created a Totem for me! It completely touched me. It is a great experience for them, they are worried about me. But I know that thanks to the fact that they are somehow involved in it and are closer, they tame the event and it is easier for them. My family will be with me in the Village before the start and that’s great too. Thanks to the accompanying attractions and the fact that there is so much positive human energy around the Battle, this regatta is not exactly a regatta of loners. Of course, I will be solo on the yacht, but I know that I will be accompanied by the thoughts and clenched fingers of friends and family who are deeply involved in the race.”

The regatta village will be bustling with life and bustle on Saturday morning, and Battle social media will be full of news. The race itself will provide the latter, as always. The often difficult weather, equipment failures and sports rivalry prevent the adrenaline from dropping throughout the regatta. Suffice it to mention that last year’s stormy conditions meant that as many as 20 of the 23 competitors withdrew. How will it be this year? We will find out soon. Start on Sunday, September 13 at noon!

It will be possible to follow the struggles of solo sailors online using Yellow Brick tracking.

Strategic partners of the Battle of Gotland 2020 are: Miasto Gdańsk and Farby jachtowe Teknos Oliva.  Sponsors: Delta, Bogmar, OceanTEAM, Konsal, Kompas i Marina Przełom. Partners: Województwo pomorskie oraz Województwo Warmińsko Mazurskie. The organizers of the regatta: OceanTEAM oraz MARISTO.PL.

Less than a week to the start of the 9th edition

8 September 2020

This Sunday, September 13, the ninth regatta of the Great Sailing Battle of Gotland will begin. Exactly twenty competitors will stand at the starting line of the most difficult sailing race in Poland. It is a unique event that attracts more and more fans and a large group of participants every year. The route remains the same – from Gdańsk around Gotland, non-stop, 500 miles across the autumn Baltic Sea, and sailors go solo.

 

The Battle of Gotland is the most difficult maritime sailing race in Poland. The rules of the competition are always the same – the route is 500 miles around Gotland and must be covered non-stop. There is one man on each yacht, and the September regatta date makes it difficult. During last year’s edition, sailors learned about how demanding the Baltic Sea in autumn can be, when stormy weather meant that only 3 competitors (out of 23 starters) reached the finish line – captains Zenon Jankowski, Aleksandra B. Emche and Paweł Biały.

Over the last 8 editions, the battle has evolved from a friendly 1v1 race to the annual celebration of solo sailors. In record years, almost 30 yachts appeared at the start (2017 and 2018 editions), this year the organizers decided to limit this number to 20. Why? Capt. Krystian Szypka, the originator and director of the regatta, explains “Safety is the most important thing for us. The experience of previous editions has led us to the conclusion that the number of up to 20 participants requires the level of organization, security and logistics that we can provide in a professional manner with the resources at our disposal. Hence the decision to have a maximum limit of 20 yachts in this year’s race. “

Also, for safety reasons, as every year, each yacht will undergo an equipment inspection before take-off based on the requirements of World Sailing OSR. This control will be carried out by Tomasz Konnak, an experienced sailor who is the chief judge of the regatta. The organizers of the Battle also provide competitors with regular updates of the weather forecast (prepared by the meteorological center of Kazimierz Sawczuk and Juliusz Orlikowski), on-line satellite tracking and 24-hour medical duty. According to the Battle custom, competitors on the water will be accompanied by a cover unit, responsible mainly for radio communication with the participants. In the role of the “Angel” this year, the sailing ship General Zaruski, handed over to perform this function by the strategic partner of the regatta – the City of Gdańsk.

Only men are on the starting list of Battle 2020 – none of the three ladies who have taken the challenge so far will appear at the start this year, and there are no new ones. Among the starters, we will find as many as 5 debutants. This is their first time in this race, but each of them has the necessary marine experience. The youngest of them, Kamil Baranowski, is only 20 years old and it is a record in the history of starts. Kamil has been dreaming about the Battle since its first edition, that is… since childhood. His goal is to reach the finish line, but a large group of his fans counts on more and keeps their fingers crossed for the best result.

The start and finish port will be the Przełom Marina in Górki Zachodnie. During the regatta, there will be a racing village, where the race office will be located, and the port area will be accessible to the families of competitors and fans.

It will be possible to follow the struggles of solo sailors online using Yellow Brick tracking.

Strategic partners of the Battle of Gotland 2020 are: Miasto Gdańsk and Farby jachtowe Teknos Oliva.  Sponsors: Delta, Bogmar, OceanTEAM, Konsal, Kompas i Marina Przełom. Partners: Województwo pomorskie oraz Województwo Warmińsko Mazurskie. The organizers of the regatta: OceanTEAM oraz MARISTO.PL.