Edward Walentynowicz (68)





Name Edward Walentynowicz

Born August 4th 1953

Nationality Canadian

Country of entry Canada

Race GGR 2022

Boat Class Suhaili

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.


Boat [Suhaili]

Name Noah’s Jest
Type Rustler 36 Masthead sloop
Designer Holman & Pye
Builder Rustler Yachts (UK)
LOA 35.33ft / 10.77m
LWL 26.92ft / 8.21m
Beam 11.00ft / 3.35m
Draft 5.50ft / 1.67m
Displacement 16805 lbs / 7623 kg
Sail area 693sq. ft / 64.38sq. m

Edward purchased “Noah’s Jest”, 1990 Rustler 36 and hopes that previous owners good memories of fun and safe voyages will happily stay with NJ.

In the spring 2020 the boat is starting first refit at Rustler Yachts Ltd. Falmouth, UK to be ready for her trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Electrical and communication equipment work is planned during winter 2020/2021. Edward is planning extensive sailing during 2021 and final boat refit at Rustler Yachts during winter 2021/2022, while getting ready for the GGR 2022.