From Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Edward Walentynowicz fell in love with sea adventures as a young university student in Poland, where he started sailing on the Baltic Sea. What followed was ocean sailing, training programs, Polish Yacht Master Ocean and Instructor certifications, and organizing sailing for others.
In Canada, Edward has sailed Acapella IV (29.5ft, Express 30M) out of Armdale Yacht Club, travelling over 40 000 nm in this vessel. He has completed RYA (UK) Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean sailing programs in Nova Scotia. Additionally, he enjoyed sailing in Patagonia, French Polynesia, Canaries Islands, Azores Islands, Bay of Biscay and other places.
He has been inspired by footprints of Joshua Slocum in Nova Scotia. As Joshua’s first solo voyage started with a farewell from Sambro Light at Halifax approaches, Edward is frequently reminded of his idol, when he too sails out of Halifax Harbour. He always finds time to help sailors visiting Halifax by offering his advice and expertise, and has assisted numerous skippers with weather routing.
His heavy weather sailing experience comes from several North Atlantic crossings on 30ft to 60ft sailboats, with two crossings accomplished without use of GPS. The two handed, nonstop North Atlantic double-crossing adventure, with rounding Eddystone Lighthouse on Acapella IV, was awarded “Recreational Event of The Year” by the Canadian Yachting Association.
This avid sailor works as a professional electrical engineer, specializing in systems integration and automation. He is always very professional, well prepared and possesses great planning skills. Edward hopes that taking on the GGR 2022 will be his next big challenge, and by employing his vast experience over the months of the race, he will grow both spiritually and mentally. His competitive nature, coupled with his hard working attitude will make him a formidable challenger.