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Krystyna Chojnowska-Liskiewicz (born 15 July 1936, in Poland) is the first woman to have sailed single-handed (i.e. solo) around the world, repeating the accomplishment of Joshua Slocum. She sailed from the Canary Islands on 28 March 1976, and returned there on 21 April 1978, completing a circumnavigation of 31,166 nautical miles (57,719 km) in 401 days. (Source: Wikipedia)
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Welcome to Warsaw! Your reputation precedes you, even here in Eastern Europe. Let me take you to lunch! I would love to hear all about your experiences.
It has been great chatting with you. Actually, I had a reason for approaching you. I want to be the first woman to sail around the world solo. I know it will be expensive and difficult.
I'm so incredibly happy that you decided to support my plans! I know there are others with this ambition, so let's start the preparations tomorrow. But for now, let's get some sleep.
I hope you slept well because we have a lot of work ahead of us. Building the ship and the journey itself will require a lot of effort and dedication from you and your crew.
Look here. These are the plans for my boat. It won't be large but it must withstand a long voyage. Can your men begin gathering lumber for the construction of the hull?
I've decided to name this yacht Mazurek after a traditional Polish Easter cake. I want it to be a simple boat, but we will still need some mechanical parts so I can operate it easily.
The plans are going along splendidly, captain! However, now I need you to get me iron to strengthen the hull. The boat needs to be sturdy if I am to sail around the world with it!
Alright, captain, let's meet up for lunch and discuss how the construction of Mazurek is progressing. I can't wait to get out on the water!
I've decided to make a change to the design of Mazurek. I want to use a polyester-glass laminate instead of wood as it is a more reliable material on such a long journey. But it won't be cheap.
Captain, we have a problem! I've heard that Naomi James is also planning to be the first woman to sail around the world by herself. Is there any way to speed up the construction?
Your men are making great progress on Mazurek, but now that we have competition, we need to step it up. Let's hire some local workers to help speed up the construction.
Mazurek is looking splendid and all ready to go! At this pace, Naomi James will stand no chance! Once we put on the finishing touches, we will be ready for the voyage.
We should transport Mazurek to the Canary Isles and then set sail from there. Tenerife is beautiful this time of year. We will need a crate to transport it though.
Tenerife really is beautiful! Now we just have to wait until my ship gets transported here and we will set sail. Meanwhile, I should get some more clothes to be prepared for any weather.
I will set sail tomorrow. Your ship with your crew and a world record assessor will follow me. I will call on you if I need help. If we make it, they will build a statue of me in Poland!
My ship has arrived and I am almost ready to set sail. Help me finish the last preparations for the voyage while your crew takes care of your ship. I can't wait to get going.
|17||One for the road|
I can't believe that we are about to embark on this journey. Let's have a toast before we depart! To the health and success of this voyage, cheers!
Let's load the supplies on Mazurek and start the first leg of our journey, getting across the Atlantic. The weather should be nice, so I hope we won't run into any difficulties. Next stop, Barbados!
|19||Battered at Barbados|
Unfortunately, the weather forecast wasn't correct. Large waves really battered my boat on the way here. We better reinforce the hull of Mazurek before I continue the journey.
|20||Eat your vitamins|
Since we are already making a stop on a tropical island, let's use this to pick up some fresh fruit. I am sick and tired of stale bread and beef jerky.
|21||Back to the sea|
It's time to continue the voyage. I just need to get these food supplies into crates and stow them below decks. Storing them without the crates made quite a mess in my boat.
So we meet again. It's good to see you are still with me, captain. How was your voyage? Mine was actually quite pleasant, but I could use a short respite on stable ground.
During the voyage, my compass broke. I still managed to find the way here but it was not easy to navigate without it. I did not count on such an unexpected expense. Can you lend me some money?
|24||No washing laundry|
The next stop is Tahiti. Before we set sail, can you lend me some shirts? I can't really wash my things on the boat and I feel like my clothes are starting to smell.
This is a paradise indeed. I wish I could spend a while here and just relax. Maybe after I finish my voyage. I will go pick up some food supplies and you can check how tasty the fish are here.
|26||Find the problem|
I think there is something wrong with Mazurek. The boat is listing to the side a bit. Can your sailors take a look at it? I am not an expert on boats. They will have a better idea of what could be wrong.
So your men found a dented place on the hull. I thought I scraped some rocks at one point. Thankfully they did not pierce the hull. But the dent must be fixed before I continue the voyage.
Quick! Catch it! The wind has really started blowing hard. A storm won't be far away. It seems I will have to spend the night here before I set out on the sea again. Let's find some shelter.
I thank you for your effort in building a shelter, but I met a farmer from the village. She said that if we help her collect the wheat before the rain arrives, she will let us stay in her home.
|30||At the farm|
Now, this is much more pleasant than staying outside. The farmer even cooked a tasty dinner for us. I must have some of that fresh bread on my boat. Do we have some money to pay for it?
|31||After the storm|
The storm has blown over but it has damaged the farmer's pig shed. I think we should help her fix it. I mean you could. I need to get going already. But you can take a day to help her, right?
|32||Meeting in Australia|
Great to see you again, captain! How did the fixing of the pig shed go? I bet the farmer was happy for the help. What is this? Did she send me some salted fish? That's so nice of her.
I bet you grabbed all the fresh bread the farmer gave you. Nevermind, it would be stale now anyway. Let's go to a tavern instead. I would like some freshly cooked food. Invite your crew too.
|34||Bored and hungry|
This time Mazurek is in good shape. I did not run into any difficulties apart from a bit of boredom and hunger. I was wondering if you could get me some fishing rods to solve these issues.
I still need some mechanical parts to fix my navigation system. It started acting up when I was testing it now. I can't afford to get off track now so please help me fix it.
Let's get back to the sea. See you on my last stop before the finish line, on Mauritius. Just a warning. The Indian Ocean can be quite turbulent during this time. Better carry some spare lifeboats with you.
We have seen some truly beautiful places on this voyage. And this island is one of them. Could you go buy me supplies while I look around? I will meet you back at the port in the evening.
|38||Meeting a friend|
While I was touring the island, I met a friend of mine. She moved here recently and is building a house. I promised her some help. Can you take care of it? See you on the Canary Islands, captain.
|39||At the finish line|
I made it, captain! I am the first woman to sail around the world alone! With a bit of your help, of course. So thank you. You are invited to my welcome home dinner.
|40||I am here for you|
It has been some journey. Maybe you can try sailing alone around the world too. It makes you strong and resilient. And I will be there to help, just like you were here for me. Now let's go to that party!