Asia Pajkowska and Cabrio 2
Asia, who lives near Warsaw in Poland, has local connections with South Devon having been a member of the Salcombe lifeboat crew.
In 2006-2007 Asia sailed SY Mantra ASIA, a Mantra 28, with another girl from Darwin, Australia to Salvador, Brasil. Then in 2008 she sailed the same boat singlehanded around the world from Panama to Panama in 190 days, making only one stop in Port Elisabeth, SA to avoid a huge storm.
In 2010-2011 she sailed together with her partner on the same boat from Florida, USA, across the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Red Sea to Monfalcone in Italy.
Asia has been a previous OSTAR competitor having taken part in the 2000 race on SY Ntombifuti and finishing 4th in her class.
Cabrio 2 is a new cruising catamaran designed by Jurgen Peter from Kiel, Germany, series built by Andrzej Arminski at PBJ Shipyard in Szczecin, Poland, and marketed in UK by Broadblue Ltd. The catamaran is 12 m long, 6.7 m wide and features a unique semi-open cockpit/saloon. A sistership to Cabrio 2 called Cabrio won the Bridgedeck Catamaran Class of the 2010 JP Morgan Round the Island Race.
Asia will sail Cabrio 2 twice across the Atlantic before competing in the OSTAR 2013.