Krystian Szypka

Krystian Szypka 1Polish sailor Krystian Szypka enters the race in his Farr 37 ‘Sunrise’

A member of the Yacht Club of Poland and the Singlehanded Sailors Club, Krystian is an experienced single-handed sailor.

With three successful starts in the Polonez Cup singlehanded race (over 250 miles nonstop from Swinoujscie in Poland around the Christiansoe Islands), he has also competed in the challenging “Great Battle of Gotland” Polish/ Baltic singlehanded race (over 500 miles nonstop in stormy weather). In 2011 he completed the Sunrise Europe Challenge when he sailed around western Europe from Gibraltar in the Mediterranean to Swinoujscie in Poland.

Krystian’s race in the 2013 OSTAR is in tribute to the outstanding Polish and WNBA basketball player Malgorzata “Margo” Dydek-Twigg. Impressed by her personality, sporting achievements and social benevolence, by sailing across the Atlantic Ocean Krystian is paying tribute to this great woman who died young.

The project is called “OSTAR for Dydek”. One part of it is an educational programme promoting sailing and basketball which has involved children and teenagers from twelve cities in Poland and Hungary. Currently they are taking part in many interdisciplinary competitions, and later they will be following Kristian’s race. The website is at www.ostarfordydek.pl and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ostarfordydek displaying photos and updates on the project and Krystian’s race.

Krystian Szypka 2Kristian Szypka’s participation in the OSTAR regatta is under the honorary patronage of the Polish Minister of Sport and Tourism and the Polish Olympic Committee.

Kristian’s Farr 37 “Sunrise” is a high performance fiberglass sloop built by Dickerson Boatbuilders in Trappe, Maryland, for the famous designer Bruce Farr and Associates of Annapolis, Maryland, it had a distinguished racing career in the US and Europe before being acquired by Krystian in 2011. The boat has been extensively refitted specifically for the OSTAR race.