Press nr. 04 - Cascais Marina is the stage for another big Event
Polish Sailor Presented «The Giant of the Seas»
Objective: Travel Around the World in less than… 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds
Roman Paszke wants to break Ellen MacArthur’s Record
The Cascais Marina is the chosen location to present Roman Paskze’s Bioton. The 56 years old Polish sailor has a clear objective: break Ellen MacArthur’s Record and Travel around the World in less than 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds. The departure is in November, but until that time, Paszke has to break another three records while he prepares for the big challenge.
Roman Paszke has been in the Cascais Marina preparing his Maxi Cat and optimizing Bioton’s communication and navigation system.
In the Cascais Marina technical area, with the help from the specialized staff responsible for this structure, Paszke found «the ideal work conditions and the best hospitality» and he stated that «despite coming from a distant country I felt at home here».
To the Cascais Marina managers, MarCascais SA, said that the Bioton presentation is «another proof of the Marina’s characteristics to host special events, like the World Championship or a project to travel around the world like Roman Paszke wants to do. The Cascais Marina’s doors are always open to major events».
Three records of solitary sailing before the World Tour
During the next week, the Polish sailor departes towards Cadiz where he’ll face the first big test: break three sailing records after reestablish Cristovão Colombo’s route.
«My initial objective is to break the solitary record between Cadiz (Spain) and São Salvador (Bahamas) that belongs to the French Tomas Coville with 10 days, 11 hours, 50 minutes and 20 seconds at 18 knots average speed. Coville sailed in a trimaran - which is two times faster than a catamaran, but I believe in Bioton’s potential. It is a very light but strong boat, despite having less stability».
He continues: «After, I want to do Miami - New York in less than 3 days, 5 hours, 20 minutes and 12 seconds, the time that Coville took to do the distance, and finally, the third objective, and the most difficult to achieve, improve the time of another French sailor, Michel Desjoyeux, that traveled from New York to Lizard Point (GBR) in only 6 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 36 seconds. Desjoyeux is a fabulous sailor and only Ellen MacArthur beat him».
The departure to the Travel around the World will only happen after the attempt to break the three records, possibly in the next autumn. The route is the same Ellen MacArthur took, with departure and arrival at the British shore, in Lizard Point, and Roman shows confidence in Bioton: «The kind of boat used is the key to success».
This is Roman Paszke first solitary experience but the Polish legend sailor has a vast know-how has oceanic sailor. In 2000 he was Skipper of Warta Polphama in «The Race» - a regatta around the world that celebrated the coming of the new Millennium – finishing in 4th place. In 1997 he won the famous «Admiral’s Cup» with a Polish-American crew from MK Café. Paskze is still, among other titles, five time champion of the Polish Ocean Racing Championship.
Roman’s last two years were spent preparing this Travel around the World and studying his predecessors’ steps, especially Ellen MacArthur, being working with the meteorologist that helped in her attempt, the German Meeno Schrader.
Bioton is a catamaran with 90 foot (28 meters) long and 14 meters high, with a 33 meters MASTRO. Builted by Marström in a bit more than three months, it’s considered one of the fastest boats in his class. In the tests, Bioton achieved 32-33 knots with 25 knots of wind, which offers Paszke excellent success perspectives. With weak wind, the light structure of the catamaran allows it to keep good speed.
In case he accomplishes this mission, Roman Paskze, born in 25 of May 1951, in Gdansk, will become the second Polish sailor, after Henryk Jaskula that in 1980 took 344 days, to travel around the world.
To the Cascais Marina History remains the dedicatory that Roman Paszke wrote in the Honor Book, usually signed by the great sailors that pass by Casa de S. Bernardo, Marina de Cascais headquarters.
«I’ll be back soon», wrote Roman. The Cascais Marina waits his return, by then with the World Record.
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