The sailing crew had been setting out from the port of Łeba in Poland on a sea cruise when they spotted the exhausted animal floundering in the water.
Józef Krasowski proved he’s ‘knot’ too bad after becoming the youngest Pole to ever win a world championship sporting event when he secured a blistering 36 point victory at the O’pen Skiff international regatta in Calsetta, Sardinia. So, how a-boat that!
Setting off on June 12th 1979, Henryk Jaskuła spent 344 days alone at sea before arriving in Gdynia on May 20th 1980, becoming the first Pole in history to make the voyage.
Written over 80 years ago, the book by cavalryman and sailor Andrzej Bohomolec and entitled The Voyage of the Yacht Dal, was found hidden among family documents. Intrigued to know more about the contents, stepson Anthony Keith had them translated. He was stunned by what he discovered.
The port will play host to the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships between July 13-19.
Few know that the inspiration behind the famous spinach muncher and pipe-tooting sailor was actually a man born to Polish parents.