Christmas cards

martinpesatDear friends, yachtsmen,

the end of the year is approaching, and I believe that in 2019 there will be a lot of beautiful common experiences. I remind people interested in cruising in the Post Convention Cruise (from Ostrava at least one ship) to contact me. Remember also the unusual term Rotary Sailing Week: 14. – 21. 9. 2019.

I was told by Jesus that he has a lot of work this year and does not miss … This is why the gifts do not give us the deadline but send a link to heaven: so that we can look forward to J.

I wish you and your loved ones peaceful Christmas holidays and good luck in the new year.


Martin Pešat

Czech and Slovak Rotary Fleet Commodore


ROTARY Regatta on the Mazury Lakes


On the 17th – 20th May 2018, we participated in the regatta on the Mazury Lakes in northeastern Poland. The crew that represented our Czech and Slovak Rotary Fleet were:

Bob Křempek – Captain, an expert on the Mazury Lakes, treasurer and secretary of our fleet … and he also held a cashier on the ship, the speaker – his Polish is almost perfect – RC Opava

Honza Chalupa – skipper, trimer and tactician – he raced on sailboats during his youth, which was good – RC Ostrava

Lukáš Ženatý – an indispensable crew member, as he says: “we would not go without me” – also RC Ostrava

It raced for 2 full days in rainy but also sunny sailing weather. The wind blew persistently strong. One crew has even overtaken Maxus 24, which is hardly visible. We were successful. First day of placement: 4, 4, 8. We have improved the second day: 3,3,2,6. Eventually, it was 3rd in the Maxus 24 category in which 11 ships competed. Since we participated in this regatta for the first time, and our rivals were experienced sailors from Poland and Lithuania, it was a great success and also a big surprise. Not only for them, but also for us :-).

Finally, the perfect organization of the whole regatta must be highlighted not only in terms of sport but also in terms of social. This was already the 16th regatta anniversary . The organizers were the Rotary Club of Gizycko and the IYFR Fleet Gizycko under the auspices of the Governor of the Rotary District 2231 – Jerzy Marian Korczynski.

For us, the organizers are very grateful. We left with conviction and promise to return next year. It’s worth it.

It was written in a hurry before leaving for our RSW 2018 by

Honza Chalupa

RSW 2018 – 1st. information

martinpesatPreliminarily, we should meet on May 29, 2018 (Tuesday) evening on Mljet. Our commodore, Jano B., will shortly go there to pick the right convoy. Perhaps he will come back in time and let us know :-).

For better co-ordination, please allow all captains to send me the basic details of the place of departure, the considered voyage and the crew by mail ( I also welcome any suggestions on the joint program.

In order not to interfere with mails, I will only communicate with captains, to those who ask for it. Please let the captains send me the current phone number and the reliable mail.

All best

Martin Pešat, Vice Commodore

Czech and Slovak Rotary fleet

IYFR Area 1 Meeting and VOR in Alicante


Jan Chalupa and his wife Inka under the IYFR and Rotary flag 

Dear friends,

a few more words, observations, or rather images from a meeting of European fleets in Alicante:

  • For me personally, the opportunity to participate in the Volvo Ocean Race start was such a great experience that I wrote an article for the Yacht magazine. The article titled “S Rotary at the start of the Volvo Ocean Race” was released as part of a VOR report in magazine Yacht 12/2017.
    copy of the article  … sorry, it is Czech only
  • Rado Simon has made many wonderful photos. I have allowed myself to make the best choice for you.
    photo gallery Rado Simon
  • Of course, our friends from Poland have not missed the chopping in Alicante – a very large group headed by Piotr Pajdowski. He also sent me 1.5 gigabytes of great pictures. Again I chose the best of our best for our site.
    photo gallery Piotr Pajdowski, regional commodore of East Europe

Rotarians at the start of Volvo Ocean Race


Radoslav Simon, RC Bratislava International

(“Google” translation of the article in Rotary Good News 06/2017)

IYFR (International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians) is the largest and oldest fellowship, associating Rotarians in relation to yachting and boats. It is organized into 3 areas (EMEA, Ameriacas, Asia & Pacific) and smaller regions and even smaller fleets. Even in our 2240 depression, since 2015 there is a Czech-Slovak fleet. His current commodore is Ján Babic from RC Banská Bystrica Classic.

Officials and fleet members meet each year at “Area Meeting” to discuss their yacht plans together and share their experiences. This year’s meeting had a special bonus in Alicante, Spain. We were able to take part in the launch of one of the world’s most challenging yacht races – the Volvo Ocean Race. Since 1973, every three years professional yachting teams have been relegated to stage races around the world. Originally under the name Whitbread Round the World Race (according to the then sponsor – the British Whitbread brewery), since 2001 the Volvo Ocean Race. Regardless of the name, they are always tens of thousands of nautical miles across the oceans under the most difficult conditions.

This year’s Volvo Ocean Race is attended by 7 VOR65 crews (20m long). Over 50,000 miles are waiting on the Alicine – Lisbon – Cape Town – Melbourne – Hong Kong – Guangzhou – Auckland – Itaja – Newport – Cardif – Gothenburg – Hague route, including southern seas (winds around 100km / just above zero and “horizontal rain”), Cape Horn and below. In addition, 11 port regiments are waiting for them to be ready for viewers at break points. The ships are expected to be at the end of June 2018. I am very glad to be able to take part in this amazing event together with the founding commodor of our fleet – Jan Chalup of RC Ostrava (and his wife, my wife and daughter).

Our fleet 2240 has been organizing for several years the Rotary Sailing Week – a yachting week with joint activities in the waters of “our sea” – on the Croatian Adriatic. The fact that Rotarian yachts and their friends are still growing is witnessing a rising number of participants. This year, we were over 80 at a joint dinner in Vodice. The closest Rotary Sailing Week is scheduled for 26.5.-2.6.2018.

For those who want to learn more about the Volvo Ocean Race and also about the activities of IYFR, I recommend visiting:


Fleet meeting in Velke Pavlovice

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, a fleet met at the Baraque Wine Gallery in Velké Pavlovice. Present were: (from the left Jirka Sýkora, Honza Chalupa, Rado Simon, Ondra Tuma, Víta Peczi, Pavel Benda, Jara Benda, Jano Babic, Bob Krempek, Martin Pešat …. and Michael Wolf , however he is missing in the picture).


The most important point of the joint negotiation was the confirmation of RSW 2018:

  • The term RSW 2018 was set after the discussion on May 26 – June 2, 2018.
  • Area of voyage: southern Adriatic
  • The Fleet Meeting will be on Mljet Island on May 29, 2017. The exact location will be specified. During the meeting, handover will take place – rotation of functions in the fleet.
  • The cruising program for RSW will be provided by Ondřej Tůma.

An invitation was invited by Marko Murna to the participation of individual sailors from our fleet to the Carniola Cup organized by Slovenian and Croatian Rotarians / Yachtsmen on the date: 26.5. – 29.5.2018. Unfortunately, this term conflicts with the term of RSW 2018.

[Czech and Slovak Rotary Fleet meeting record… HERE]

A story of IYFR SLOVENIA fleet

MarkoMurnMarko Murn,
IYFR SLOVENIA Past Fleet Commodore 
IYFR BALKANS Regional Commodore

Let me first introduce myself: I started as a “ballast” on Flying Dutchman with Yugoslav Olympic sailor Miklavec during his trainings in his partner’s absence Dušan Puh in Summer 1972. The saling had not left much impression to teenager, beside some burned skin. But in 1985 my manager from Hewlett-Packard invited me on the 2 weeks sailing from Athens to Rhodes. The men crew went through all possible weather conditions and our hearts were poisoned with the sailing. Same year we made exams for boat leader license, next year the GMDSS radio license and in three years the professional Skippers license. Since that Summer I have sailed every year more, depending on the available time beside my family and job. I have participated in many sailing club regattas for open class, introduced sailing to more than hundred beginners, sailed with my children from their first steps on, but my focus was on discovering new seas. Beside our home sea, Adriatic, where we have visited almost all islands and bays, with my family we have visited also all Italian, Greek and Turkish coast. And if I say all – it means really every mile of their coast from Trieste to Genova with Sardinia and Sicily and all Italian archipelagos, Greece from Ionian to Aegean Sea, from Halkidics and mount Athos to Crete and Turkey from Bosporus to Antalya. I had visited French Corsica and sailed along all Baleares. With Croatian expedition “Hrvatska Čigra Round the World” I visited first time the Caribbean, where I have returned for five more times to sail along all Antilles. In 2003 I bought my own boat in Sweden and sailed along east and west Swedish coast, in 2009 crossed Atlantic with Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, in 2014 sailed from Wales through Scotland, Orkney’s and Foerer’s to north of Iceland.

I have been Rotarian since 2004, president of RC Škofja Loka 2008/9, president ICC Slovenia-Turkey 2009/2012. I have sailed with my Malö-36 along Turkish coast for 3 years, from 2008 to 2010. During these Summers I met many turkish Rotarians and turkish sailors. In Bodrum I found the mariners of IYFR fellowship who invited me to their fleet. As I decided to bring my boat back to my home sea, Adriatic, I decided to establish our own IYFR fleet at home. I gathered 10 friends from 10 Slovenian Rotary clubs and invited my Turkish friend Zeki Çaner, actual IYFR Bodrum fleet commodore in 2010 to Slovenia. We had our first meeting in Ljubljana in March 2010. Everybody was excited and tried to get more friends from his Rotary club. I have contacted IYFR International Vice Commodore, Sergio Santi, received his instructions and after a month we had our charter. We had started with 30 members and have kept the core of 25 active members until nowadays.

The main action of Slovenian fleet is the regatta Carniola end of May. It expanded from 10 to 20 boats, from pure Slovenian participants to international participants from Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden and Scottland. During non-sailing season we usually gather once a month to have some educational guest speakers like: crossing Atlantic, circum navigation round the globe, history of Slovenian sailing, ISAF regatta rules, food and drinks on sea, instruments, electricity on board, boat insurance, weather models, basic weather forecasting, yacht design, yacht maintenance, fishing under sail, fishing on anchor, practical course of fishing, practical course of anchoring and berthing, practical ISAF approved Offshore Personal Survival Training etc.

Every year we make one family trip like observing launching a ship from the commercial yard Uljanik Pula, yacht production at Elan, logistics at Port Koper. When we sail, our boats do carry our IYFR burgee. We do like to meet IYFR friends from other fleets and our members visit IYFoRians abroad when they sail there. In 2014 we were godfathers to the IYFR CROATIA fleet at Betina, island Murter with 45 members.

Our main service is to help handicapped sportsmen with the money collected each year from the regatta Carniola. As the regatta is mostly effort of the organiser, RC Ljubljana Carniola, the general IYFR SLOVENIA fleet once a year financially supports participation of children in need on the sailing action Mirno more (Calm sea) or Jadranje za jutri (Sailing for tomorrow).

And in the coming year 2018 we do hope to meet our IYFR friends from Czechia, Slovakia or Poland, if they will visit Adriatic. Look for our burgees and give us your call ! 


Meeting 11/2017

Dear friends,

the autumn meeting of the Czech and Slovak Rotary Fleet IYFR will be held at 10:30 November 4, 2017, in Velké Pavlovice, Baraque Wine Gallery, Hodonínská 11 ( map ).


Evaluation of RSW 2017
Plan on RSW 2018 – Term, Place, Program, Discussion
The election of the Czech and Slovak Rotary fleet 2020-2021
Alicante Experiences (IYFR meeting and Volvo Ocean Race – Honza Chalupa)
Plans and routing the fleet to the future

The meeting of the fleet is time-related but locally related, with the traditional St. George’s Goose (3.11 Friday evening) and with the sitting in the Wine Cellars of František Lothrinský (4.11 Saturday evening) organized by RC Valtice-Břeclav under the baton of a member of our fleet Jára Benda :). Invitation to “Hus” and “Deer” will go through standard feeds, please respond to it separately as instructed by Jara Benda. In other words, respond to the flotilla once and respond to “Husu” and “Deer” for the second time :

Confirm your participation in the discussion of photos, suggestions, comments, etc., please send to my mail (

All health

Martin Pešat

Vice Commodore

Czech and Slovak Rotary fleet

RSW 2017 – GoodNews article

RSW 2017 again without crews from Bohemia

The Maritime Sailing Association in our RI District 2240 or the Fellowship of the Czech and Slovak Rotary Fleet has already held its seventh annual Rotary Sailing Week 2017 on 26.5.-3.6.2017.
Every year, rising interest in RSW has resulted in record-breaking participation this year. The size of the fleet consisted of 12 charter sailboats, a total of 87 participants, of which 54 were from 13 clubs. For the sake of clarity, we present a RSW2017 attendance list:

Captain of a sailing boat Crew Representation of other RCs
Martin Pešat, RC Ostrava 9 1 x RC Ostrava, 1 x Nitra Harmony, 3 x RC Dunajská Streda
 Jan Chalupa, RC Ostrava  6  4 x RC Ostrava, 1 x Bad Ischl
 Pavel Benda, RC Ostrava City  10  2 x RC Ostrava City
 Bohumil Křempek, RC Opava  6  2 x RC Opava, 3 x RC Ostrava Int.
 Bohumil Kratochvíl, RC Banská Bystrica  8  5 x RC Banská Bystrica
 Ondřej Tůma, RC Opava  8  5 x RC Opava
 Michael Wolf,RC Prostějov  6  RC Prostějov, 1 x RC Valtice- Břeclav
 Tibor Kočvara, RC Martin  8  3 x RC Martin, 1 x RC Žilina
 Otto Gáťa, RC Martin  8  4 x RC Martin
 Radoslav Simon, RC Bratislava  7  1 x RC Bratislava, 2 x RC Martin
 Jano Babic, RC Bystrica Classic  6  RC Bystrica Classic
 Peter Kunkela, Bystrica Classic  5  RC Bystrica Classic

The RSW program is free. The crews have the opportunity to meet during the week, to anchor together on the coasts of the islands or in the beautiful coves, to sit in local pubs and taste Croatian specialties. The traditional “non-mandatory” competition was a form of geocaching this year.
Fixed point of the program was a common meeting of all crews in the middle of the week 30.5. In Vodice Marina and a common dinner at the Makina Restaurant. After a brief informal welcome of all participants by commodore Jano Babic of the RC Banská Bystrica Classic, a RSW touring cup was handed over to the victorious crew of Kpt. Ondrej Tuma from RC Opava. There was an extraordinarily sweet dinner, and especially a mutual exchange of experience and unusual cruise experiences. The weight of the organization of the meeting in Vodice lay almost exclusively on Jano Babic, who thus receives the thanks of all the participants.
Part of the meeting was also the board of captains, where we confirmed the program and focus of our fleet for the future. Not only will the Rotary Sailing Week 2018 be organized in a proven format, but also the in-autumn Fleet Meeting. Part of the fleet members are considering taking part in the IYFR Annual Meeting Area1 in Alicante, where they will be able to see the launch of the Volvo Ocean Race. We also regretted that the Czech and Slovak Rotary Fleet fleet has only Slovak and Moravian clubs. We would love to invite Rotarians from Czech Republic among us.
Finally, we remind you that the official communication tool of the fleet is the web site: Here you will find much more information about our activities.
Jan Chalupa, Jan Bezecny, RC Ostrava

Gallery RSW 2017