First Polish woman to non-stop circumnavigate the globe finishes her voyage

After 216 days without stepping ashore, Captain Joanna Pajkowska finished her solo voyage around the world.

Joanna Pajkowska set sail on September 23, 2018 from Plymouth, UK, aboard her 40-feet-long yacht “Fanfan”.

Ms Pajkowska sailed south through the Atlantic, then turned east around the Cape of Good Hope and crossed the Indian Ocean. She sailed around Australia’s southern coast, then crossed the South Pacific, passed the infamous Cape Horn, and finally turned north, back to Plymouth.

On Sunday, she arrived at Plymouth becoming the first Polish woman to circumnavigate the world in a non-stop cruise.

“I feel great,” Ms Pajkowska told “Żagle” monthly. “I am very happy with what I managed to achieve. I don’t know what I will do next, my plans are not clear yet. I will probably rest a bit.”

She spent long months alone at sea, including Christmas and New Years. However, as she indicated, “she handles solitude well.”

Captain Pajkowska mentioned several difficult moments she encountered during her voyage, including a helm malfunction, causing her to steer manually during a raging storm in the southern Atlantic.

It was her second attempt to circumnavigate the world in a non-stop solo sail. In 2008, a heavy storm around the Cape of Good Hope forced her to seek shelter at Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The first Pole to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe was Leonid Teliga. In April 1969, he arrived in Casablanca after a more than 2-year-long voyage.

The first woman to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe was Polish sailor Krystyna Chojnowska-Liskiewicz. In March 1976 she sailed from the Canary Islands and returned there on 21 April 1978.