Second officer on s/y Katharsis II

Hanna Leniec

Yachtmaster, sailing instructor, SRC radio operator, scuba diver (Advanced Open Water Diver), photographer, Second officer on s/y Katharsis II

Sailor and seafarer for twenty years. Exposed to sailing for the first time at the age of five on the Koronowo Reservoir when taken for a short cruise by her older sister. Began her true sailing adventure as a teenage participant of a scouting marine summer camp at Funka on Lake Charzykowskie, where she completed her first courses and received her first certificates.

Spent a number of summer seasons at the same training centre as assistant instructor and instructor to young students of sailing.

The sea turned out to be Hanna’s true love and passion. Attended her first truly demanding voyage at seventeen: the month-long crossing from Gdynia to Greenock, Scotland, as part of the Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Races.

Stepped aboard s/y Zawisza Czarny for the first time in the autumn of 2004; kept returning as a crewmember and watchkeeping officer, to then be made boatswain. Encountered her first ice in sailing during winter cruises aboard that same yacht.

Spent every free minute sailing during university studies and after graduation. Finally, it became her life. Has been sailing seas and oceans aboard s/y Katharsis II since 2009, living a marvellous adventure and making great dreams come true each day. Attended nearly all Katharsis II voyages (excepting the Southampton-Gdańsk crossing in October 2009).

With Katharsis II, took part in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2009, Oyster British Virgin Island Regatta 2010, and Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race 2014. Her greatest challenges as part of the crew of s/y Katharsis II include polar voyages: the initial one to the Antarctic Peninsula in 2011, followed by a swift (25 days) North-West (Atlantic to Pacific) Passage in 2012, and the Ross Sea expedition of 2015 – during the latter, she reached the southernmost navigable area of the world: the Bay of Whales.

Logged 91,350 nautical miles aboard s/y Katharsis II.

After voyage...