Our concept of sailing
Selma Racing has a unique approach to yacht racing.
We love yacht racing. Our team is a mixture of professionals and amateurs who are going to start on our own racing yacht in the most prestigious races like: Fastnet, Cowes Week or Round Britain & Ireland. Team spirit, improving our skills and passion of living an adventure is what defines Selma Racing. On board of our yacht you will experience them all.
Team spirit is what makes people work together, train and help each other in order to achieve our goal. We pay big attention to keep all crewmembers feel as one team. You will be involved in all the aspects of teamwork, manoeuvres and race strategy. Being one crew is essential for us.
We believe that taking part in yacht race is the best exam for every sailor. It’s a unique opportunity to develop your sailing skills. We are looking for people who are keen on high level competition and are willing to train and learn from the best. You will feel the spirit of healthy rivalry and you will meet professional sailors who will help you make your dream to take part in great races come true.
Passion, challenge and adventure
Sailing is a way of life for us. We invite you to live this adventure with us. Only thing we expect from you is commitment and willingness to do something unique. It can often be very demanding but at the same time extremely rewarding.
Origins of this project
We are a group of friends who were joined in sailing to Antarctica on yacht Selma Expeditions. We have organized big projects and expeditions . We are passionate and dreamers who, thanks to many years of experience in sailing and regatta, want to realize even more difficult and demanding projects. Behind us is the world record for sailing to the furthest south during the Selma-Antarctica-Endurance expedition in 2015 and Solo expedition to the South Pole in 2017 by Gosia Wojtaczka. In search of new challenges, we took part as a “Selma” team in the Sydney – Hobart Race 2014 and the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2016. Supported by a group of professional racing sailors we started to build a new project called Selma Racing. During our first season 2017 in UK we managed to compete through all Fastnet Campaign, being 2nd overall in Myth of Malham Race.
Skipper Selma ExpeditionsSkipper of s/y Selma Expeditions, led the Ross Sea expedition during which the world record of the most southerly navigation was beaten. Received the „Voyage of the Year” award, „Sailor of the Year” award and „Kolosy” award. Skipper in Sydney- Hobart Race 2014.
ExplorerFirst Polish woman and 6th woman in the world to have reached the South Pole solo and unassisted. A polar explorer. She took part in many expeditions exploring caves in the mountains all over Europe.
co-skipper Selma ExpeditionsCo-skipper of s/y Selma Expeditions, took part in the Ross Sea expedition. Expedition leader in Antarctic and South Georgia with several climbs and ascents under his belt. Received the Kolosy award.
Skipper Selma RacingSkipper of Selma Racing, took part in the Ross Sea expedition, received the Kolosy award. Sailed in Fastnet Race, Cowes Week, Sydney – Hobart Race, Giraglia Cup. Skipper during 2016 Middle Sea Race. A watch leader onboard a Volvo Ocean 60.
Join our crew
You are going to be part of team made up of professionals and amateurs. This mixture allow enthusiasts of yacht racing like you to step on an advanced racing yacht and perform at their best.
Sailing on board of Selma Racing means competing in a race and being 100% involved in action. You will be involved in all the aspects of teamwork, manoeuvres and race strategy. Our goal is that each crew member is able to make a valuable contribution to the team effort. You won’t be treated as a passenger but a crewmemeber of this unique racing crew. We want you to feel that we are making progress thanks to your commitment and attitude to racing.
Participating in pre-race training and in the race itself is a great opportunity to improve your sailing skills. But a race requires not just sailing technique or a good physical condition.
More importantly, a positive attitude, cooperative spirit and readiness to help other crew members are a must if we want to be a winning team.
We pay a big attention to make all crewmembers feel as one team. The human dimension which we call team spirit and creating a good atmosphere on board, is very important for the Selma Racing concept. This is what makes people work together, train and help each other in order to achieve any goal in sport and sailing. Being one crew is essential for us.
There will be 12 persons on board, including 3-4 professional crew (skipper, navigator, bowman).
Every person will have their position onboard assigned (e.g. trimmer, mastman, pit), and will participate in the watch system. During the race the following tasks have to be taken care of: helming, trimming the sails, dropping and hoisting sails, reefing, hiking, preparing food, all while competing and making the best out of us and the boat.
Our professional crew is made of:
Skipper i manager
He likes to feel a thrill of true yacht racing. Spent 2 seasons sailing on board of Volvo Ocean 60. Became a professional sailor facing icebergs in high latitudes of Antarctica. He reached the coldest continent as a co-skipper of Selma Expeditions 6 times, including many times rounding Cape Horn. He’s got 50 thousand miles under his belt and prestigous races to mention like: Sydney-Hobart, Fastnet and Middle Sea Race among all.
From bow to helm
Cameron is a very colourful personality in our team. He works in rigging industry, used to work in oil industry nearly half of his life living in probably on every continent. Dedicated to his job an family. Great person to helm and to do foredeck on our boat. And a good friend.
Paweł "Pav" Barwicz
Rigger / trimmer
Pav is an invaluable support to our team. His knowledge and skills help us to run this yacht and project safely. He is an owner and director of Rig It UK – company specialised in Rig, Spars and Mast. He’s the most calm person on the boat. Expert in rig tuning and sail trim. He’s got races like Fastnet, Cowes Week, Cork Week under his belt. Joined our team in our first season in England.
Olympian in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, world champion in class Star. Journalist of sailing magazine in Poland “Żagle”. Outstanding helmsman and specialist in sail trim. Memeber of “Polska One”, team aspiring to compete in America’s Cup. In our team he’s responsible for tactics and helm. In 2014 he sailed on Selma in legendary Sydney-Hobart Race. Despite his great achievements – a very modest person.
From the beggining of this project we took part in races and organised sailing courses on different yachts. Nevertheless we always appear as a Selma Racing team.
- Sydney – Hobart 2014 – first polish yacht in history to participate in the race (Selma Expedtitions)
- Rolex Middle Sea Race 2016 (Selma Racing J122)
- 2 x Spinnaker handling courses in Canary Island – January 2017 (Carter 30)
- 2nd overall – Myth of Malham 2017
- Fastnet Campaign 2017
- IRC European Championship 2018
Skipper and manager
– RYA Yachtmaster Offshore comercially endorsed
– Yachtmaster Ocean (Polish Yachting Association)
– Sailing Instructor (Polish Yachting Association)
– SRC, Operating Radar & ARPA
– ISAF offshore safety and survival course
– STCW 95 (Personal Survival Techniques, Elementary First Aid, Fireman’s Proficiency, Social Responsibility and Personal Safety)
Significant racing results:
– 1st Cowes Classic Week 2016 in Classic Yachts Class,
– 4th Cowes Week 2016 in First 40, 5th in IRC 2,
– 2nd Nord Stream Race 2015 in ORC Overall,
– 6th Middle Sea Race 2014 in IRC 1,
– 3rd Round Britain & Ireland in IRC 0,
– 2nd Armen Race 2014 in Line Honours,
– 3rd Round the Island Race 2013 in X Yacht Class,
– Skipper/sailing master in Sydney Hobart 2014, Middle Sea Race 2016 and Fastnet 2017
2015 Guinness World Record – Most Southerly Navigation
2015 Silver Sextant – Voyage of the Year (Poland)
2015 Kolos – Most significant sailing achievement of the year (Poland)
2014 Tanja Pokal – Seamanship Award (Germany)