Authored on 07/09/2024 - 09:31
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As they say, time flies. Last week (2-4.07), for the tenth time, a regatta was held at the TUL sailing depot in Roganty. Twelve crews, each comprised of TUL faculty and other university units’ staff, raced for the rector’s cup.

Written by Ewa Chojnacka, editor-in-chief

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Omega boats, painstakingly prepared for the race, took to the lake. Altogether four races were held, with the fans - supporters of the Sailing Club of Lodz University of Technology, families, as well as the university leadership, cheering for their crews from the shore.

Once the regatta was finished and the sailors had time to rest, a long-awaited ceremony was held by the TUL Sailing Club. The revitalized ‘Obora’ (Cowshed), which for years had been in dreadful disrepair, was officially opened. Now, beautifully renovated, the historic building will be serve as a warehouse for wintering yachts and sailing equipment. It also offers living quarters: several rooms on the top floor that add to the already available accommodation at the depot.

Ela Wasylkowska, commodore of the TUL Sailing Club, thanking rector prof. Jóźwik and chancellor Włodzimierz Fisiak, invited Mariusz Żaboklicki and Piotr Panufnik of the ZAB-BUD, the company that carried out the renovation, to join in the cutting of the ribbon. One more new addition to the depot facilities is the second boatswain cabin.

Before the presentation of the cup and commemorative diplomas, rector prof. Krzysztof Jóźwik appreciated the TUL sailing community whose efforts make Roganty a welcoming place and for excellent organization of the events held here.

Omega class racing
Despite the rather inclement weather, the four races were smooth sailing. All of the participants were winners, although in the order determined by the judges. A total of 36 individuals received thunderous applause. The names listed further are given without titles, as put on the diplomas, although many of the sailors hold responsible functions in the service of the university. They included both seasoned sailors, as well as a few debutantes in the sailing sports. Nevertheless, they were filled with excitement and satisfaction with completing the regatta.

The first place went to the crew composed of helmsman Michał Gajdzicki, and Jakub Miszczak and Piotr Konca from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Engineering, which had been rumored to be a certain bet. Asked about the secret of their success by someone not fluent in the practice of sailing, they stressed the timing of the start of the race. All in all, that crew are experienced and well-prepared sailors with many other regattas under their belt.

A crew representing the Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering, captained by Paweł Kelm, assisted by Mark Monchik and Henryk Welfle, came in second. The third place went to the crew comprised of helmswoman Ewa Maciejczyk and her crew Anna Michalska and Radosław Mostowski from  the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences. Just off the podium was the crew captained by Wojciech Gabryjelski, composed of Computing & Information Services Centre staff. In the fifth place were the Faculty of Chemistry’s crew that included helmsman Jakub Modranka, Agata Sowińska, and Michał Binczarski. Further in the classification came the following: the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering’s crew with helmsman Mateusz Bartniak; IFE’s crew with helmswoman Dorota Piotrowska, CTI and BG’ crew with Przemysław Sękalski helming the boat, Sports Bay’s crew with Witold Nykiel as the helmsman, a crew from the Faculty of Technical Physics, Information Technology and Applied Mathematicsopens  with helmsman Maciej Dems, from the Sports Center with helmsman Marcin Nadratowski, and last but not least, a crew from the Faculty of Material Technologies and Textile Design with Maciej Barburski helming the vessel.
SuPŁy shanty band show wound up the event

As always, all event participants, in appreciation of how well the event was organized, offered their thanks and congratulations to commodore Ela Wasylkowska, deputy commodores Damian Batory and Cezary Rapiejko, as well as other members of the Board of Directors of the TUL Sailing Club.

Today, the sailing depot offers two lodging and storage buildings, a shower and lavatory building, and two boatswain's cabins. The fleet consists of several yachts. The last one was purchased in 2020 by rector prof. Sławomir Wiak. The incumbent rector, prof. Krzysztof Jóźwik, anticipates the purchase of yet another boat to be possible.

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