"Yesterday was an odd day, as if something was gathering ... In the morning complete silence, and then strange clouds and the ominous sunset," reads the latest voyage report. (Click to enlarge).
Tomek and Wacek's latest position (click to enlarge).
All images courtesy of the expedition website.
Tomek and Wacek 'wrong-way' voyage update: Odd clouds and corrupted Shogun

Posted: Oct 12, 2007 06:14 pm EDT
(TheOceans.net) Tomek and Wacek have hit 219 days in their around the world single-handed (Wacek has four legs but no hands) and without stopover voyage from East to West.

Latest report was made on September 30. "Yesterday was an odd day, as if something was gathering ... In the morning complete silence, and then strange clouds and the ominous sunset," it said.

We know the guys are moving though, latest position (day 217 Tue Oct 09) was 23 12.32 S - 23 4.78 W.

Wacek has been busy

Polish Tomasz Lewandowski lost it all, left for America, gained it back fishing for scallops, met Beata, bought his dream boat and left for a solo sail around the world against the winds.

In the latest reports, Wacek has been busy chasing sea birds on deck, and when a whale hung out near the yacht, the dog barked at him all day with short interruptions only for eating. "It's rude and un-Polish to not allow strangers some rest" Tomek tries to explain, "but the Jack-Russell is a California-born, spoiled Anglo-Saxon," Tomek sighs.

"Its strange that his voice did not hoarsen. Finally his barking started to annoy me, but I thought that except for the birds, such whale is his only attraction, so he kept on barking and I pretended I didnt hear..." reported Tomasz.

Audio books read by Communist party cadres

Calm days are deemed "ideal weather for a bottle for a solitary sailor." On such days, Wacek is treated to home made fudge, "It's fun observing how he tries to separate it from his teeth..."

Other than that, the sailor listens to 30 years old Polish audio books, "some of them however are hard to listen to, the people who read them were probably chosen for the job at a party meeting..."

"He totally corrupted Shogun!"

"Even though form is not that important to me, I discovered that the manner of reading a book is almost as important as the text itself... For example I cant stand to hear books read by Mr. R. Nadrowski and Im very sorry that from a lack of other things to do, I recorded so many of them. He totally corrupted 'Shogun' and many other good books."

"He corrupted it irrevocably because nobody will again record books which were previously recorded... I only hope that he corrupted them only in 'my world' and the manner in which he intones, does not kill other listeners. The star in this 'blind kingdom' is without a doubt Mr. L. Teleszynski. I left Poland somewhat early and alas I remember him only from one, perfectly played role, the traitor Radziwill in 'Potop'."

MP3 books - friends of a solitary sailor

"Mr. Teleszynski is able to animate the dead and give colors to even a 'dying' story . Now, when Im choosing books to listen to I give equal importance to the author and to the person reading it..."

"Books on MP3 are great for loneliness, a friend to a solitary sailor, and also a great way for making up what we missed during our everyday 'war about fire'. I recommend them to everyone, also 'non-sailors'. Take-off to another world in a car when youre coming home from work, or escape the gray reality and noise by putting on a headset, and in it new lands..."

March 6th 2007 at 12:28 (GMT-08:00), Tomek kicked off his trip around the world single-handed and without stops from East to West. The voyage goes 'the wrong way' - that is against the prevailing winds.

Where you normally would adjust the sails a couple of times a day at the most, going against the winds makes for a far more stressful and demanding journey. But hardship is the Polish' middle name and so Tomek has sailed against nature around infamous spots such as the Cape Horn and Cape of Good Hope. Why? For no reason at all - but to fulfill a lifelong dream.

Polish Tomasz Lewandowski grew up trailing about the Jeziorak lake in Poland. His desire to sail the world alone is as old as he is. At 20, he fixed up Luka an old 7,5 m long sinuate yacht built from straw. It took one year to transform her - in his eyes at least - to the 'Princess of the Jeziorak'.

In the mid 80's, Tomek bought materials for Rudy, a 12 m long yacht he planned to build. Marriage (as usually happens in such circumstances, notes the website) put the vision of a sea-worthy yacht on hold, and Tomek found himself a responsible father building a new house instead.

After some years a hurricane" struck Tomek's life. The marriage and the home vanished, leaving Tomek with nothing left but an old dream.

He left for America in 1990 and worked in New Bedford (MA) fishing for scallops, and later on the Kodiak Island (Alaska), and the Bering Sea. Soon, he was the owner of a small construction company in Seattle (WA) and Mammoth Lakes (CA).

That's when he met Beata: The very first time I met Tomek, he said, one day Im going to sail the world alone and then Ill tell you all about it, she said.

For the next years, Tomek would drag Beata around marinas looking at yachts. "Close your eyes and imagine, thats my Luka standing there, he told her. "She was not there yet, but she already had a name," Beata says.

Late June in 2003, Beata came home to find that Tomek had left her for another woman. He was in Santa Barbara, CA, and it was love at first sight.

"A week later Tomek called...either he missed me or maybe he wanted to show off his new fiancé ...who knows?" Beata reports. Of course I went to CA right away, to see my new rival ;-)

Go to the expedition website for the rest of the story - about the first night onboard Luka, the Mikado 56' that finally seduced Tomek - and the long road before her maiden voyage around the world with Tomek, Wacek - and Beata at the keyboard back home.