“We left our native Poland back in 1987 to sail around the world and we eventually settled in America. Nearly 30 years to the day, we will be starting our second circumnavigation in our Oyster 56 Shanties on the Oyster World Rally in 2017-19,” says Jacek.
“We considered many other boats but once we had visited Oyster and seen the craftsmanship, there was only going to be one outcome.” says Jacek. “It would have taken us many years to plan this adventure on our own. The Oyster World Rally takes care of so much of the logistics, we can just concentrate on maintaining our boat and enjoying our second circumnavigation, this time in more comfort.”
“Before the start of the Oyster World Rally 2017-19, we had just acquired Oyster 56 Duchess (veteran of the first Oyster World Rally). Just 24 hours before the start, we called on King Neptune to rename her Shanties. We were in Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua and the ritual involved offering champagne to the Gods of the north, south, east and west winds. With the Oyster family cheering us on, the champagne flowed over the boat and the ceremony was complete.
“It was great to see this Oyster going on another big voyage,” says Eddie Scougall, Technical Support Manager. “Duchess served her owner Leo Nagtegaal very well in the first rally. I truly believe that these boats have a soul, and if you look after them, they look after you.”
Jacek and Dobra’s Oyster World Rally was nothing if not eventful. They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on the beautiful Society Island of Huahine in French Polynesia. And of course, it was a unique celebration ‘the Oyster way’.
“Our wedding was a dream in 1987 – we were married in Liverpool Cathedral. So in 2017, we timed our anniversary perfectly, landing in the ‘Garden of Eden’ to celebrate with our Oyster friends on the palm-fringed shores of Baie d’Avea.” explains Dobra.
“With its lush forests, untamed landscape, quaint villages and crystal-clear lagoon, it was just idyllic.” continues Jacek. The bride looked stunning in turquoise, adorned with perfumed gardenia, bougainvillea and orchid leis on her head and shoulders. Guests were given a colourful lei to wear round their necks – a sign of friendship.
We’re told dancing on the soft white sandy beach continued way into the night, with Jacek’s rum concoctions ensuring a few sore heads in the morning. Their ruby anniversary will take a lot to top this pearl!
Jacek and Dobra are all set to go for their third circumnavigation and second Oyster World Rally in January 2022.
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