Richard Konkolski







 1986/87 BOC Singlehanded Race Around the World.
This was the second time I participated in this race. This international competition had 25 entries from 11 countries. The course was almost 28,000 nautical miles long from Newport, RI to Cape Town, South Africa to Sydney, Australia to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and back to Newport. I was the only competitor to take part in the same old boat, which was the shortest (slower) on waterline and second heaviest in the whole fleet. I had no sponsorship and of course limited equipment and limited funds. I finished fifth, cutting 41 days from my previous solo circumnavigation time, and improved all five of my world sailing records. Finishing the race, I was the first man to do real solo circumnavigation three times and the first Czechoslovakian to solo circumnavigate the globe around all southernmost capes.

 1982/83 BOC Singlehanded Race Around the World
This race covered 28,975 nautical miles in four legs from Newport to Cape Town to Sydney to Rio de Janiero and back to Newport. I finished 3rd in my class with actual elapsed sailing time of 203 days, 2 hours and 1 minute (better than the winner's time). I was also the Class 2 winner of two legs. However, an injury delayed my start from Cape Town by five days and a capsize in Southern Ocean that forced me to stop in Perth, deprived me of the first place. During the race I did 5 world sailing records. I become the second man to circumnavigate the world solo twice in both directions and the first European to do so.

 1980 Observer Single-Handed Transatlantic Race.
This race covered more than three thousand miles from Plymouth, England to Newport, Rhode Island. The fleet was comprised of 90 entrants in three divisions. Unusual weather favored the multihulls and the first five boats to finish were trimarans. My monohull finished 9th overall and 4th in her class of 46 boats. My crossing time of 21 days and 6 hours surpassed any monohull record in any previous singlehanded race across the Atlantic.

 1979 Parmelia Race
This race was held in memory of the historical voyage of the ship Parmelia that first brought European colonist to Australia in 1829. The race covered the distance from Plymouth, England to Perth, Australia with a stop at Cape Town, South Africa. In spite of problems with rigging and steering on a brand new boat, we made 4th best-corrected time. My whole crew from Czechoslovakia was ocean racing for the first time in their life.

 1977 Baltic Solo Race
This is an international race organized by the Polish Yachting Association. I finished fourth on the chartered Polish yacht POLONEZ.

 1976 Observer Single-Handed Transatlantic Race
My original homemade NIKE, a 24 footer was the second smallest boat in the race, CLUB MEDITERRANEE (240 feet) the longest. Continuous heavy gales and high seas caused nearly half the fleet to retire. Two lives were lost. Of 125 entrants, I finished second on corrected time.

 1972 Observer single-Handed Transatlantic Race
Nike was dismasted in severe weather conditions. I had to return back to England and after two weeks of repairs I was back in the race and finished 41st in a fleet of sixty and 7th on handicap.

 1970 Baltic Sea Race
This race is run every year by the Polish Yachting association. I won the race this year.

 1970 PTTK Baltic Sea Race
I finished third.

 1959-1970 One Class Dinghy Racing.
I won over forty races in various classes


Sailing boat (48ft Chay Lee ketch) delivery from Newport to Tortola BVI

Dvoutýdenní plavba na školní plachetnici Pogoria na Velkých jezerech USA

An East-West Atlantic crossing. Completed with my wife Miroslava, son Richard and Polish fried Alfred Brodzinski. Start Szczecin, Poland with stops in Cuxhaven, Germany and Plymouth, England and finish at Newport, RI.

 1980 Autumn-Winter
An West-East Atlantic crossing, from Wickford, RI to Szczecin, Poland with my wife Miroslava and son Richard aboard NIKE II. During this passage, we skirted three hurricanes and experienced severe icing conditions in the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea. (Stops: Newport and Block Island, U.S.A.; Azores, Portugal; Vigo, Camarinas, Muros and La Coruna, Spain; Falmouth, Fowey, Plymouth and Lymington, England; Cuxhaven, Kiel and Warnemunde, Germany.) My wife Miroslava was the first Czechoslovakian woman to sail across Atlantic and my son Richard the youngest Czechoslovakian to do so.

Cruising voyage from Perth, W. Australia to Plymouth, England via the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, Suez Canal, Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean and English Channel. (Major stops: Cocos-Keeling Islands, Sri Lanka, Aden, Suez, Crete, Sicily, Algier, Gibraltar, Cherbourg.)

Solo qualification voyage on the Baltic Sea for the OSTAR 1980.

Maiden voyage and sea trial with NIKE II on the Baltic Sea with nine youngsters aged 10-14. Two girls and seven boys whom were selected by nationwide school and TV competition described their trip in many articles and several TV specials. NIKE II stopped at various ports of Poland, Soviet Union, Finland, and Sweden.

Double-handed West-East Atlantic crossing on board 24 foot long NIKE. Voyage began from Newport, RI, to Hamburg, Germany with many stops in U.S.A., Azores, England, and Germany.

Voyage with crew of two from Hamburg, Germany to Plymouth, England via the North Sea and English Channel. Major stops in the Netherlands.

Voyage with my wife Miroslava from Plymouth, England to Szczecin, Poland via English Channel, the North Sea, and the Baltic Sea. Major stops in England, Germany, and Poland.

I finished my first East-West solo circumnavigation in NIKE, a boat I had designed and built. NIKE was the second smallest yacht ever to have sailed around the world at that time. I covered 33,661 nautical miles during 342 sailing days. I made the return journey from Plymouth to Poland with my wife. At each stop we were greeted by enthusiastic crowds. In Poland a crowd of 10,000 cheering fans came out to greet us.
 I was the first Czechoslovakian to solo circumnavigate the globe. Start and finish: Plymouth, England. Major stops: Newport-RI, New York, Bermuda Islands, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Panama, Toboga, Isla del Coco, Galapagos Islands, Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu, Archipelagos, Tahiti and other Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Loyality Islands, New Caledonia, Australia and Great Bariera Reef, Timor, Bali, Indonesia, Christmas Island, Cocos-Keeling Island, Rodriguez Island, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, South Africa, St. Helena, Ascension, Azores, Plymouth-England.

Solo qualification voyage for OSTAR 1972. (From Poland via the Baltic Sea, Kattegat, Skaggerak, the North Sea to the vicinity of England, through Nord Ostsee Canal back to Poland.)

Maiden voyage of NIKE through the Baltic and North Sea, with stops in Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, West and East Germany.

Seven cruising voyages on the Baltic Sea from various Poland to Poland harbors.