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Fryderyk Chopin returns with new rig
Thw "Fryderyk Chopin" which lost its masts off Cornwall in a storm almost one year ago, returnied to Falmouth on Sep 26, 2011. She had suffered a double dismasting 100 miles (160km) off the Isles of Scilly in October 2010. On board was a crew of 47 teenage cadet sailors en-route to the Caribbean. Its visit is part of the ongoing programme of visits to Falmouth harbour by tall ships from around the world. The first mast, which was 120ft high, was lost in southerly force nine gales. The second mast was lost several hours later. Towed into Falmouth following the incident, the Polish crew found themselves at the centre of a tangle of red-tape while officials struggled to agree the ship's repair, causing the vessel to be stuck in Cornwall for months with a skeleton crew. During the ship's stay, the captain and crew were welcomed by members of Falmouth Tall Ships Association, who even donated a Christmas tree for the ship. The "Fryderyk Chopin" is returning to Cornwall with the new rig, which was installed by A&P Falmouth.
Storm troubled tall ship finally reaches Polish port
The tall ship Fryderyk Chopin, whose masts and rigging were damaged in a storm while taking 36 teenagers on a cruise to the Caribbean last October, has returned to Poland. After eight months of repairs undertaken at docks in the British port of Falmouth, the Fryderyk Chopin set sail for Poland at the end of last week. The tall ship arrived at the north-western port of Swinoujscie Thursday morning, and is set to reach the nearby port of Szczecin later today. With almost 50 people on board, the Fryderyk Chopin encountered a heavy storm some 160 kilometres south-west off the Isles of Scilly, south-west England, at the end of last October, breaking two of its masts and rendering the ship unseaworthy. After drifting for three days, the boat was towed into the port of Falmouth by British shipping vessel, with the children sent back home by coach soon after. Repairs to the Fryderyk Chopin were covered by the PZU insurers. However, the ship was not allowed to leave Falmouth docks as the fishing vessel was also claiming compensation for the rescue tow. After 3Oceans, a shipping and charter company, took control of the tall ship from the European Higher School of Administration and Law in Warsaw and issued a guarantee covering the costs, the Fryderyk Chopin was allowed to set sail back to Poland.
The "fryderyk Choin" which was dismasted on Oct 28 160 km southwest of the Scillies was detained in Falmouth after a dispute regarding the salvage costs of 250000 Euro to the owners of the "Nova Spero" which took the vessel in tow. Owner Dariusz Czajka is not willing to pay this sum and the insurers of PZU refused to pay as well, also they are not willing to get the masts and rig repaired in England. The owner is willing to pay 40000 Euro. The "Sail Service" from Gdansk offered a repair for free, and a company from Sczeczcin to tow the disabled ship to Poland.News schreiben