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Old 22-06-2007, 13:29   #1
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Polish . . . No Joke!

From the latest issue of 'Lectronic Latitude, just in case you were wondering what kind of person would attempt a solo circumnavigation . . .

A Passionate Pole

June 22 - Hawaii

Thirty-year-old Polish beauty Natasza Caban is not just a pretty face - she's also an accomplished sailor who plans on leaving Hawaii at the end of the month aboard her Sparkman & Stephens 34 Tanasza Polska on a planned two-year solo circumnavigation, making her the youngest Polish woman to accomplish such a feat.


Fashion model or solo circumnavigator? Natasza Caban could be both.
© 2007 Latitude 38 Publishing, Inc.


But Caban isn't in it for fame and fortune. She's been, to put it bluntly, obsessed with sailing since she graduated high school, crewing on dozens of yachts, from the Maxi 80 Kia Loa IV to Sydney-Hobart racers to Caribbean bound charter boats. Her stunning beauty and outgoing personality certainly opened doors but skippers quickly realized that she had much more to offer.
When Caban decided she wanted to crew in the Sydney-Hobart, for example, she had no crew position, no money and no place to stay. She found a request for crew online, asked the skipper to sponsor her visit to Australia, borrowed money from her family for a plane ticket and found a job the day after she arrived. On the ride back from Hobart, the yacht she was on dismasted and the entire crew had to be rescued, but her resolve never wavered. She's pursued her passion with a single-mindedness that has to be admired.



If she gets her way, as she usually does, Caban could become the youngest Pole to solo circumnavigate.

Photos Courtesy Natasza Caban
© 2007 Latitude 38 Publishing, Inc.


You can follow Caban's journey on her Web site - as thousands of Polish schoolchildren will be doing - at NataszaCaban.com. Be sure to click on the little British flag in the upper right corner to get the English version.

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Thumbs up Good for her!

It seems that more & more young women are getting into sailing these days.

And that's a good thing for all the future sailors!
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Doesn't help us crotchety old men much... damn it. Ahhh... Youth! Wasted on the young!
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Success! The subject of this thread, Natasza Caban, has completed her circumnavigation! From today's 'Lectronic Latitude:

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Polish beauty Natasza Caban sailed into Honolulu on Wednesday aboard her S&S 34 Tanasza Polska Ustka, completing the westabout solo circumnavigation she started two years and four months earlier. She was greeted at the Honolulu YC by dozens of friends and family, some of whom flew in from Europe. At 32, Caban is one of the youngest women to have gone around alone.

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For the rest of the story, go to:

Latitude 38 - The West's Premier Sailing & Marine Magazine

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I wish her all the best!
But solo, what a waste.
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"Polish beauty" - LOL

Go to Poland, look at some real women there. Then you will know what a beauty is!

Or sail twenty miles offshore and spend a night at sea. Then you will know what beauty is.

But at least she is has done it. Sailing around the world is not such a difficult thing, but not an easy one either.

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Silly me - I was think pahl-ish.... as in bright work....
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Doesn't help us crotchety old men much... damn it. Ahhh... Youth! Wasted on the young!
And the young say money is wasted on the old.
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Its refreshing to see someone who is not circumnavigating as a publicity stunt. I wish her the best.
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I congratulate her and the many others who have sailed round.

Tao,

It didn't even make the news here on the Big Island in Hawaii. That's how much the media cares about sailing and boating in general.

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Silly me - I was think pahl-ish.... as in bright work....
Polish your English!

Buhahahaha!
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