Sailors return to Poland after promotional yacht wins prestigious race

The crew of the "I Love Poland" yacht, which notched-up its first win in the prestigious St. Maarten race, has returned to Poland for several days before taking up another challenge. The yacht is a promotional project by the Polish National Foundation (PFN).

More than 100 yachts competed in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta held on February 28 - March 3 in the Caribbean. The "I Love Poland" yacht won all four races and came first in the general classification, PAP was told by PFN's Deputy Head of Communications Agnieszka Dydycz.

The "I Love Poland" boat is part of the Polish National Foundation's project aimed to promote Poland abroad by placing the Polish yacht in the most important and prestigious regattas in the world, as well as training a new generation of Polish oceanic regatta sailors, Agnieszka Dydycz explained.

Winning on the sea creates a positive image of Poland as a symbol of freedom, according to Dydycz.

The 21.5 metre-long "I Love Poland" vessel, which boasts a 34 metre mast, is a VO 70 third generation yacht. The boat was built in the United States in 2011. Its captain, Jarosław Kaczorowski, is one of Poland's most renowned skippers.

The crew returned to Poland on March 21 and after a short rest it will fly to Florida on April 4 to start intensive training before the next competitions.

Next, the Polish crew faces the difficult and prestigious Fastnet Race, which will take place in August off Great Britain and Ireland, and the Sydney-Hobart race, which will be held in December.