5 maj 2011

Sailing in Poland

The beautiful season has started, it’s high time to relax outdoor. Poland offers you a lot attractions if you like water and pure nature. The most popular tourist region are of course Mazury (plural, Eng. Masuria) in the north-eastern Poland. There you have approximately 4000 lakes which means you can sail for a month. Landscapes are peaceful and stunning. You can stay in the wilderness and avoid people. I spent 6 weeks in total in the smallest boats in Mazury, I had a bath in cold lakes and ate pasta with ketchup for lunch – unforgettable experience! But of course you can rent a yacht or stay in a luxurious hotel. There is a wide offer of agroturystyka – nice accommodation in the countryside. A good point to start are for example Mikołajki, Ruciane Nida, Węgorzewo or Giżycko.

If you live in Warsaw and don’t have time to go further there’s Zalew Zegrzyński nearby. Great for the weekend relax even in a paddle boat.

If you are more advanced try to sail in the Baltic Sea (Morze Bałtyckie) or in the Gdańsk Bay (Zatoka Gdańska). Zatoka Gdańska and Hel Peninsula (commonly called Hell:) are a great place also for windsurfing or kitesurfing maniacs.

BTW I would like to introduce you a Polish great sailor Natasza Caban. An extraordinary girl who sailed solo around the world and helped people with disabilities during the journey. More about her you can read in Polish for example here.

Don’t waste the opportunity:)

Useful vocabulary:

łódź/łódka – a boat
motorówka – a speed boat
patent żeglarski – a sailing license
rower wodny – a paddle boat
statek – a ship
wynajmować/wynająć – to rent
do wynajęcia - for rent
żagiel – a sail
żaglówka – a sailing boat

3 komentarze:

  1. Great topic for a little Polish vocabulary!

  2. Thanks for the key words. Good to recap as the last time I sailed was last May. I'm going through the B1 and B2 tests from http://www.buwiwm.edu.pl/certyfikacja/at the moment. I think I need to use them as an anchor to remain more disciplined with my Polish learning. Maybe I will try the B1 exam in Autumn.

  3. Great! The big tests really motivate! I know something about it because I passed FCE and CAE. Trzymam mocno kciuki!