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“Great Continental River Journeys”
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It will be shown at 19.30 London time on Friday 22nd May.
by Ewa Marcinkowska and Stephen Walker
Poland had completely disappeared from the map of Europe between 1795 and 1918 and regained its independence after the 1st World War but it is has changed most during the last 30 years following the end of communism.
Polish and British rowers, Ewa and Steve, set out on a bold adventure to explore Poland by rowing down the 1000 km long river Wisła, the last wild river in Europe, so as to reach Gdansk in time for 30th anniversary of the first free elections since the Soviet era. Will they make it in time?
Story behind the Film
Ewa Marcinkowska and Steve Walker are independent filmmakers based in UK and this is the first of their Great Continental River Journeys.
“We wanted to discover what the Poles have achieved."
But Poland's boundaries have varied widely so what exactly defined Poland?
The geographical core of Poland turns out to be the River Wisła [Vistula] that flows from the Tatra Mountains in the South to the Baltic Sea in the North. So we have made a documentary by rowing a boat down this river.
"We wanted to investigate ancient and modern Poland, its people, its culture & its history. To discover old and new connections between Poland and Great Britain.”
Nowadays we have a million Poles living and working with us in the UK.
But who are the Poles? Where did they come from?
To answer that question Steve had to go to Poland with Ewa and interview people. After all this was forbidden territory for Westerners up until 1990.
What Ewa and Steve reveal on their journey will dramatically change their view of Poland and yours too.
“We offer two unique perspectives on Poland: that from a river and that coming from different countries.
We have combined serious matters with a light and humorous presentation style that will amuse, inform and entertain our audience.”
About the film makers:
Ewa Marcinkowska is Polish presenter, interpreter, researcher, bilingual poet, photographer and a rower.
Ewa’s extensive knowledge of her homeland and the hidden gems within the cities, combined with personal stories has allowed us to present a side of Poland undiscovered and unseen before.
Stephen Walker is a film maker, presenter, an author and a well known personality in the world of rowing, being a successful coach and World Master, with his own online Sculling Academy.
His YouTube channel has over 2 million views. He has produced over 150 films including travelogues, rowing, sailing and coaching videos.
Polish Heritage Days 2020
The first episode of Rowing Through Poland is about Kraków.
Its world premiere is set for Friday 22nd May at 19.30 (London time) as a part of Polish Heritage Days.
Direct link to the PREMIERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEhIQ-6nCpA
Facebook Page: Great Continental River Journeys. https://www.facebook.com/Great-Continental-River-Journeys-100142164726098/
You can watch a trailer for the whole journey here: https://youtu.be/rURzpW1ep7s
We are Polish and British rowers, Ewa Marcinkowska and Steve Walker. We set out on a bold adventure to explore Poland by rowing down the 1000 km long river Wisła, the last wild river in Europe, so as to reach Gdansk in time for 30th anniversary of the first free elections since the Soviet era. Did we make it in time?
In this first episode we visit the beautiful Royal City of Kraków in Poland, a country that didn't even exist between 1795 and 1918 when it was partitioned between Austria, Germany and Russia.
Poland regained its independence after the 1st World War but it is has changed most during the last 30 years following the end of communism.
Kraków is a truly magnificent city with a strong sense of history and stunning sites. It is the first of 3 capitals of Poland that we will visit on our journey.
It is a city proud of its rich past and cultural heritage, but turned towards the future. It will charm you with spectacular architecture, enchanting cobbled streets lined with horse drawn carriages, delicious Polish and international cuisine, trendy bars and coffee shops.
The River Wisła lovingly surrounds the Wawel Hill with the Royal Castle on it, like in the words of the popular Polish patriotic song:
The Vistula flows, it flows
In Polish land,
She saw Krakow,
She probably won't pass it.
She saw Krakow,
Soon she loved it
And in proof of love
She banded it with ribbon.
- Story behind the Film -
We are independent filmmakers based in UK and this is the first of our Great Continental River Journeys. We recorded the documentary about Rowing Through Poland on our own initiative and own budget.
We wanted to discover what the Poles have achieved. But Poland's boundaries have varied hugely so what exactly defined Poland? Well the geographical core of Poland turns out to be the River Wisła [Vistula] that flows from the Tatra Mountains in the South to the Baltic Sea in the North.
We wanted to investigate ancient and modern Poland, its people, its culture & its history. To discover old and new connections between Poland and Great Britain.
Nowadays we have a million Poles living and working with us in the UK!
But who are the Poles? Where did they come from?
To answer that question Steve had to go to Poland with Ewa to interview people. After all this was forbidden territory for westerners up until 1990 so it should be an exciting and interesting adventure.
What we uncover on our journey dramatically changed our views of Poland and it will change yours too.
We offer two unique perspectives on Poland:
1. that from a river that was a thoroughfare for centuries and
2. that coming from two different countries (cultures) connected (not separated) by the sea.
We have combined serious matters with a light and humorous presentation style that will amuse, inform and entertain you.
- About the film makers -
Ewa Marcinkowska is Polish presenter, interpreter, researcher, bilingual poet, photographer and a rower. Ewa’s extensive knowledge of her homeland and the hidden gems within the cities, combined with her personal stories has allowed the couple to present a side of Poland undiscovered and unseen before.
Stephen Walker is an independent film maker, presenter, author and a well known personality in the world of rowing, being a successful coach and World Master, with his own online Sculling Academy. His YouTube channel has over 2 million views. He has produced over 150 films including travelogues, rowing, sailing and coaching videos.
Special Thanks to:
Magdalena Miroń, Department in The City Hall of Kraków
Wawel Royal Castle
Ania Baryka - Walkative Tours
Imad Fares gutarist
Railway Water Club 1929
Public Domain photos
Helena Rubenstein, Joseph Conrad Korzeniowski, King Jan III Sobieski - Sending message of victory to the Pope after the Battle of Vienna by Jan Matejko, General Jarulzelski, Nigel Kennedy by Hans Westbeek.
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How many destinations can you count in this video? Can you name them?
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My Dad used to take me down to the promenade at New Brighton on the Wirral when I was a kid on days like this when a high spring tide coincided with a gale or storm. The tradition continues. Lots of Dads with their children were to be seen dodging the waves as they broke on the sea wall. Fortunately the wind was from the SSW and so it blew most of the spray away from us. Exciting though. When we attempted to walk against the wind we discovered that the air was full of sea shells and I was hit on the nose by one. It was like a tiny bullet. So we quickly made our way down into the dips to avoid the worst of it. Nevertheless the walk back to the car was like climbing a mountain.
With a stiff westerly wind pushing the Irish Sea into Liverpool Bay the tide was significantly higher than the predicted 4.6m in Chester and the 9.9m in Liverpool today. So about and hour after it came up over the weir we took a little walk. This is what we saw.
I have seen the water higher than this in Chester and furthermore today's is not the highest ever predicted tide in this area. That is a whopping 10.7m in Liverpool. Imagine that!
Steve Walker & Ewa Marcinkowska seen rowing past Torun, Poland on the River Vistula in a Nordic Explorer double. Order NOW, for delivery in the spring, anywhere.
Don't wait till the spring to order! Procrastination is the thief of time.
A year ago Ewa Marcinkowska had never rowed or sculled before. One outing in a Nordic Explorer and she was hooked! And look where we have been together. Learn more and then order yours now at https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/
YES, do it now! Procrastination is the thief of good rowing time!
In between sculling in F1x and G1x in my single and in an E mixed double https://youtu.be/fcNN7BNVRo4 with Ewa Marcinkowska I was invited to cox a couple of eights combining some of the best masters rowers in the world. I've been coxing since I started rowing in 1969 and I love to do it. There is a lot more to coxing than just steering and these two crews really appreciated my transformational coaching.
Here is an example of what is achievable if you only try. I set a goal of attending the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Budapest this year, 2019, with Ewa Marcinkowska. She started in a Nordic Explorer, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic, graduated to a TS515 Training Scull with stabilisers, https://ahoy-boats.biz/TS515/ and then moved on to fine boats. You have to be in it to win it. Ewa had never rowed nor sculled before meeting me so it was a steep learning curve for her. But we made it and we didn't come last :-) The journey is more important than the destination. In fact the journey IS the destination. Check out https://scullingacademy.com and invest in my book, How to Win - The Sports Competitor's Guide to Success, which is available through Amazon.
When things go wrong remember the hindsight window. Ewa and I had a dreadful day getting to Budapest and into the accommodation we had booked. This is the story.
Chris Baldwin of Speaker Nation interviews Steve Walker of Ahoy-Boats during a visit to Amsterdam where Chris had delivered a keynote speech to the Axiom Chiropractor conference and Steve and his partner, Ewa Marcinkowska, had been invited as VIPs, having recently finished filming a documentary about rowing through Poland in a Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic. Chris and Steve are both rowers. Chris has won the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. Steve has won at the World Rowing Masters Regatta and has been teaching Ewa to scull this year. Watch Steve deliver some key messages.
Steve Walker visited Ewa Marcinkowska's home town in Poland, Gliwice, whilst preparing to make a documentary about rowing through Poland. Fake News was being created there on August 31st 1939, exactly 80 years ago, by Hitler, so as to justify the invasion of Poland on 1st Sept. It all went wrong but that didn't stop him publishing fake news and invading anyway. What remains, though is a triumph of German engineering.
Who takes a rowing boat to the Sidmouth Folk Festival? Steve Walker and Ewa Marcinkowska, that's who. The Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ is ideal for Lyme Bay, which is very exposed to any wind with south in it. But anything resembling a north westerly and it is lovely to row on.
Saturday at Henley Royal Regatta seen from the water by Steve Walker & Ewa Marcinkowska in a Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ with a description of what happened in the RE-ROW OF THE CENTURY in 1989 by Ian Wilson, founder of NCRA, Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association. Add in the 150th anniversary of Grosvenor Rowing Club and others and you have a pretty perfect day.
I have to say that De Haan on the Belgian coast is the most delightful family holiday resort that I recollect ever visiting. It has every facility and the cleanest sandy beaches so it was a real pleasure to row on the sea there in our Nordic Explorer, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/. I'd certainly recommend it. It's not far from Zeebrugge but usually when we arrive by sea at such a port we speed off towards Bruxelles and beyond. We don't realise what we miss.
If you want to have adventures rowing (sculling) a Nordic Explorer go to https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/
Steve Walker & Ewa Marcinkowska rowed in many locations on the River Wisła, River Vistula, in Poland during the production of a documentary about Poland in this anniversary year; 30 years since the first free elections in 1989 and 100 years since Poland reappeared on the map of Europe in 1919.
Arriving in Trieste on June 28th, my partner, Ewa Marcinkowska, and I were surprised to discover a commemoration taking place. We had just started our return journey from Pula, Croatia to Britain, which would take 4 days altogether, as we had arranged to give a demonstration of the Nordic Explorer, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/, in Switzerland on Lake Constance. The River Rhine was full, almost to bursting, and consequently Lake Constance had risen to cover the gardens of our hosts and their neighbours by a metre! But there are always more solutions than problems. :-)
Flights from Gatwick to Pula were delayed because of bad weather in northern Croatia but it didn't stop us. We were driving through it! Thunder, lightning, the works in Slovenia! Thank goodness we were towing a Nordic Explorer, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/, rowing boat behind us. Then sunshine before more horrendous weather. But we are here now in Pula, Croatia.
We drove, with our Nordic Explorer, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/, straight to the most famous cafe in Vienna, expecting maybe to park in a supermarket but, lo and behold, there was a long space right outside. No double yellow lines :-) We parked up behind a Bentley and had a great meal with excellent service! Our waiter said he'd seen all sorts of amazing vehicles parked outside this famous cafe but never a boat.
Ewa Marcinkowska and I have been rowing in our Nordic Explorer, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/, through Poland on the River Vistula making a documentary. We've just finished the production and now we have to edit 2.2TB of video down to an exciting programme that will show the changes that have taken place since the collapse of communism. This short video is a raw combination of very short clips covering the 4 days we spent in Gdansk for the celebrations. Spot Lech Wałesa. It will take months to edit and so now we are heading for Vienna on our way to Pula for some Public Speaking training with Eric Edmeades.
Stephen Walker & Ewa Marcinkowska en-route for Poland, towing a Nordic Explorer (coastal rowing boat) https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ to make a documentary about rowing down the River Vistula (Wisła) stop briefly in Magdeburg. Why? Only later in the full documentary will you discover the reason and a couple of surprises.
Ewa Marcinkowska & Steve Walker travelling to Poland towing a Nordic Explorer coastal, recreational rowing boat, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/, to make a documentary.
Follow us, Steve Walker & Ewa Marcinkowska, as we make a documentary to guide you through Poland via the queen of Polish Rivers, the River Wisła (Vistula). We are about to set off in time to celebrate 30 years since the ending of Communism in Poland and 100 years since the rebirth of Poland after WWI and we are towing our Nordic Explorer, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/.
Watch more videos and discover more about this great boat at https://ahoy-boats.biz
Boat launching protocol demands that a lady such as the queen or the queen mother should launch a ship or a boat. Here is trailer to my take on that. https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/launching-2-nordic-explorers/
Learn more at https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ about this new boat, the Nordic Explorer, now available as a double and also in standard or lightweight, vacuum infused, sandwich construction.
Steve Walker's 1st row (scull) in a Nordic Explorer single. Watch more at https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/
Watch more at https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/rowing-on-the-sea/ and learn more about the delights of rowing on the sea/ocean. And watch a double Nordic Explorer being rowed on the North Sea off Belgian coast in https://youtu.be/nCmvWzMqCJk.
Why would you do this? Row the entire length of Loch Ness.
Watch the full video at https://youtu.be/_Uv0rFgK3Ws and learn more about the Nordic Explorer at https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/
Well of course, if it's a nice day, you might just want to go swimming. :-) Find out more here https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/explorer-video-2/
Steve Walker is at Bled in 2017 and bumps into Peter Brooks from Australia whom he has never met before. How could this chance encounter help YOU to improve your performances?
Steve Walker, founder of https://ScullingAcademy.com and author of "How to Win - The Sports Competitor's Guide to Success", teams up again with his regular training buddy, Diane Moore, to race at Loughborough Boat Club's "Soar Head", which is a totally different challenge from racing on a straight multi-lane course. Steering ability is severely tested, not just power, endurance and technique.
After we'd won and racing was over and the trailer loaded we were allowed to jump on the Olympic Rowing Lake!
Catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster at the end of this video of the MonsterTheLoch, mass participation, human powered event. Watch Steve Walker and Keith Lawton in the new Nordic Explorer double https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic. Will they make it to the end? Who will not?
The Monstertheloch race time was brought forward from 10 to 8.30am to make the most of the weather. This is the first race I've entered in the Nordic Explorer double, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ which is a new recreational boat designed to be comfortable, dry and safe so we were excited to see how she performed in rough water. You'll have to excuse my pronunciation of Loch. I'm a Sassanach.
Naming my new Nordic Explorer double sculling boat, https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ the day before rowing the entire 36km length of Loch Ness. My very good friend Sian chose the name Morag.
The day before Steve Walker, founder of https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ and Keith Lawton, president of Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club, race the whole 34km length of Loch Ness, home of the fabled Loch Ness Monster, "Nessie", in the monstertheloch.com mass participation event they did some reconnaissance with their hosts Sian and Phil, who have just completed building a new house adjacent to the Loch, which, incidentally, will be available for holiday lets in the future.
Boats entered in the event have to be seaworthy and you will see why in this video. Undertaking the race in a new Nordic Explorer double, is the perfect opportunity to show just how seaworthy the Nordic Explorer is.
Discover the Joy of Rowing in a Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/. Whether on the sea, ocean, lake, loch or river the Nordic Explorer will protect you and give you hours of enjoyment and healthy, whole body, exercise. A joy shared is a joy doubled and a trouble shared is a trouble halved.
Edited version of my race in the same boat with Diane Moore, my regular training buddy. We train alongside each other in singles and only enter a few races each year in the mixed double. Many thanks to Janet Vorberg for the loan of her Wintech double scull, Gladys, named after her mother. This was a great, relaxed and friendly regatta and if you were not there you missed out big time.
Keith Lawton of Hollingworth Lake RC and Steve Walker of Grosvenor RC had just one short practice outing in this over 60s double scull before racing former 3x World Lightweight Single Sculls Champion, Raimund Harberl and his partner, Robert Mosek at the 2018 European Masters Regatta in Munich. It was quite a race!
Jaws drop and eyebrows are raised when I mention that I've done this. Head over to https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ to learn more about this great sliding-seat, recreational, coastal, sculling (rowing) boat, the NORDIC EXPLORER, which ships all over the world. Ask me for a quote. Thanks are due to Connor Weaver for his assistance as my videographer on this super day.
Eyebrows are raised whenever I mention that I've done this! The Mersey is a mighty river with a 10.7m tidal range that creates very strong currents. Go to https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ to learn more about this magnificent sliding seat, open water, recreational sculling boat. Many thanks to Connor Weaver, my videographer on this super day, when the conditions were perfect for undertaking this feat.
2018 Chester Regatta. Needle match between local rival clubs, Grosvenor Rowing Club and Royal Chester Rowing Club, that are only 100 yards apart. Who will win?
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Listen to these two experienced scullers' comments about the Nordic Explorer. Then order one quickly https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/. There's a queue.
Steve Walker, founder of https://www.Ahoy-Boats.co.uk, introduces the new ASTUS 20.5 Trimaran Day Boat. A 20ft boat with 4 berths!
It is 40% more powerful than the previous 20.2 with bigger floats and even better use of the space that 20ft affords.
Detailed views and description of the NEW Astus 16.5 Trimaran available through http://ahoy-boats.com. Steve Walker guides you through the features of this up to date family day boat. This is a great boat to start your adventures in trimarans and is the bottom of the range of Astus Boats that go up as far as 24ft. There is also a tantalising glimpse of a scale model of the next new boat in the range, the 20.5, that will be on show at the Düsseldorf Boat Show early in 2018.
Steve Walker, founder of http://ahoy-boats.com and http://scullingacademy.com and author of How to Win - The Sports Competitor's Guide to Success, takes the twins, Elly and Kate from Chester, for a spin in a new Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ at Henley-on-Thames on finals day of the 2017 regatta.