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Proud to Be Polish
November 28, 2013   
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Over 2,000 sailors are setting out on a voyage around the world to promote Poland and its history and culture.

Organized by the Dumni Polsk± (Polish Pride) foundation, the voyage will take the sailors to places whose history was to a large extent shaped by Polish explorers, scientists, engineers, artists, businessmen and physicians. The foundation aims to remind the world about Poland’s contribution to landmark events in history such as the exploration and colonization of Siberia and China, railroad construction in the Andes, and the geographical and geological surveys of Australia. The sailors will spread the word about ethnographer Bronisław Malinowski, explorers Bronisław Piłsudski and Paweł Edmund Strzelecki, biochemist Kazimierz Funk, geologist and engineer Ignacy Domeyko, sculptor Korczak Ziółkowski and many other great Poles who are famous in different corners of the world.

The sailors plan to cover a distance of 75,000 nautical miles in three-and-a-half years on three yachts each of which takes 21 people on board. The crews will be replaced in one-, two- and three-week turns, adding up to a total of more than 2,000 people. The boats will call at almost 80 ports where Poland-related events will be held to promote Polish cuisine, music, visual arts and design. Visitors to the events will get to know a variety of Polish products and learn about tourist sites as well as land for investment in Poland. The project is being carried out under the auspices of the Economy Ministry and the Agricultural Market Agency, which see it as a promotional opportunity for Polish companies and regions.

The three yachts are scheduled to depart from Gdynia in northern Poland in July next year. The first ports to welcome the Polish sailors and host Poland-related events will be Copenhagen in Denmark, Göteborg in Sweden, Bergen in Norway, and Reykjavik in Iceland. Then, the route will take the party to Canadian and U.S. ports on the Atlantic Ocean and then over the Caribbean Sea and along South America to islands in the Pacific Ocean, Australia and Asia. The last leg of the voyage will pass along African shores and across the Mediterranean Sea to Western Europe. If everything goes to plan, the big adventure will end in Poland in the fall of 2017.

Kuba Strzyczkowski, chairman of the Polish Pride foundation, says the project aims to improve the international image of Poland by promoting it as a country of open-minded, intelligent, curious and creative people. He adds that the foundation will team up with global organizations of public broadcasters to launch extensive promotional campaigns in all cities on the route.
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