Elisa started helping her sister to care for Mateńka after their dad passed away. Not really a sailor herself, but she always enjoyed being on Mateńka and spent a fair amount of her childhood visiting her dad on board.
In 2016 she embarked on a mission to get Mateńka ready for another Atlantic crossing. Mateńka has been across the pond with her dad once, in 1987, and how to better commemorate her 30th anniversary on the water, than to take her back along the same route she sailed once before. By 2017 she had Mateńka ready to depart, there was just one small issue, Elisa didn’t have a sailing license. She knew the boat and she knew how to sail by then, but it’s a matter of legality, to have a licensed skipper on board.
So she took a class and hoped to receive the papers before their departure on the Atlantic crossing, but they never came… Expecting them in the mail every day they delayed their departure, but still, nothing. So they decided to look for someone who would be willing to tag along for the first few weeks of the trip, with a license. That’s when Mike showed up…
Mike has been an avid sailor and instructor his entire life. He earns his living teaching sailing, skippering trips or doing boat deliveries.
He found out about Mateńka’s need for a skipper during the departure for her second Atlantic crossing and joined them for what was supposed to be just the first part, just for a few weeks while Elisa waits her license. Equipped with t-shirts for about a week, they left Gdańsk at the end of June 2017. He still sails and lives on Mateńka until today.