2019 JULY

ASIA PAJKOWSKA (POL)

Nomination
While the Golden Globe fleet was making its gentle (sorry, VDH) way around the globe there were others less well-known out there doing the same but on an even more personal level. The first Polish woman to complete a solo non-stop round the world voyage, Pajkowska onboard her aluminium 40-footer started three months after the Golden Globe but beat the race’s last finisher Tapio Lehtinen home by over four weeks…
Why they won
Five hundred-plus Polish sailors can’t be wrong. ‘I vote for Asia!!’ – Jan Niedzi; ‘She is the absolute best!’ – Asia Dudkiewicz; ‘Captain Pajkowska is absolutely a legend!’ – Premo Jacniacki; ‘She kept up the Polish tradition, pride and conceit are foreign to her’ – Halina Mainska; ‘I followed her cruise from beginning to end, I am a devoted fan’ – Przemys Borowiecki; ‘All Poland can be proud of her’ – Tutomirova Besheniyenot; ‘Asia started three months after the Golden Globe but beat the last finisher by four weeks!’ – Krzesimir Kowaksli; ‘Paul Cayard is a great sailor but I adore tough sailing women even more!’ – Yvette von der Burchard.