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Young Sailors From All Over the World Raced in Gdynia

Young Sailors From All Over the World Raced in Gdynia

409 competitors from 66 countries participated in the Youth Sailing World Championships taking place in Gdynia from 15 to 19 July. “Sailing is a marvellous sport and Gdynia offers fantastic conditions to practice and admire it,” Wojciech Szczurek, the Mayor of Gdynia, said.

In its efforts to organise the event, Gdynia had beaten Shanghai and Lelystad in the Netherlands. For the purposes of the Championships, a new marina designed for 120 vessels had been built along Nabrzeże Prezydenta St. Championship participants were staying in the hotel Mercure Gdynia Centrum, situated right beside the marina.
The Opening Ceremony began on 14 July with a colourful parade of all competitors, moving from the Sailor’s Village at the end of Kościuszki Green Square to a beach in Gdynia Śródmieście. The participants were arranged in alphabetical order according to a country they represented. Polish regatta hosts were bringing up the rear. Kim Andersen, the President of World Sailing, formerly International Sailing Federation, took part in the Opening Ceremony as well.

“Gdynia has a rich regatta-related history and is a perfect spot to hold the Youth Sailing World Championships. I am positive we will witness thrilling and marvellous competitions here. It shows how much this event, basic for the existence of sailing, has developed,”Kim Andersen, the President of World Sailing, remarked.

Polish competitors participated in all nine events. In the Laser Radial class, Tytus Butowski from the Academic Sports Association of Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport (AZS AWFiS Gdańsk) won the bronze medal.
Gdynia had organised this competition once already, in 2004. 15 years ago, representatives of 53 countries had come to Poland to compete for medals in seven events.

“The popular saying that Gdynia is a sailing capital sounds very true. We are proud of the fact that our city is where sailors from all over the world feel at home,” Wojciech Szczurek, the Mayor of Gdynia, tells us. And he adds: “Sailing is a marvellous sport and Gdynia offers fantastic conditions to practice and admire it.”

The first youth sailing championships took place in Sweden in 1971 with 16 countries participating.
The Youth World Sailing Championships were organised by the Polish Yachting Association in cooperation with the City of Gdynia and with the participation of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism.

fot. Gdyniasport.pl

Waterfront With a Building Permit

Waterfront With a Building Permit

Vastint Poland has received a building permit for the second stage of the Waterfront complex construction in Gdynia. “Our ambition is to make Waterfront the new heart of the City: a favourite gathering place, a place where people like to work and live,” Roger Anderson, Managing Director of Vastint Poland, has said.

Waterfront is a multifunctional building complex being erected in Gdynia between the Waszyngtona, Hryniewickiego and Jana Pawła II streets, next to the Skwer Kościuszki green square and Sea Towers. In 2015, the first stage of Waterfront was completed. An office building and a hotel were built in the Nadbrzeże Prezydenta street. At present, the investor gets ready to start the second stage of the complex. The building permit applies to construction of four buildings with underground parking garages having the total area of 44,000 m2. Along Waszyngtona St., two office buildings with 14,500 m2 space for rent and two residential buildings with 126 suites will be constructed. Now the general contractor selection process will begin, and the construction works are scheduled to start in the spring of 2020.

Roger Anderson, Managing Director of Vastint Poland, says: “We are very pleased to have received the building permit. This is an important project as regards implementation of the strategy to develop the waterfront and restore this area for city residents. The design by the JEMS architecture office was prepared very carefully, with future users in mind. The main goal was to create an attractive space open not only for people who work or live here, but for all city residents and tourists visiting Gdynia.”

Ultimately, the Waterfront complex will have buildings of diversified functions, namely residential and office ones, service premises, a hotel with conference space and various public and cultural facilities, including a cinema. An important part of the concept will be a public green square next to Skwer Kościuszki, a place designed for rest and recreation.

Sea Festival

Sea Festival

Gdynia hosts huge celebrations of the Sea Festival for the seventh time already. This year, we are celebrating for as many as nine days – from 21 to 30 June. The agenda includes i.a. free-of-charge cruises on a sailing ship, concerts, exploration of vessels and sports competition.

The first Sea Festival was held in Gdynia in 1932. Then President of the Republic of Poland Ignacy Mościcki participated in it. 2013 witnessed a throw-back to the pre-war tradition of celebrating relations between Poland and the sea, which many years ago was a main driving force for local economy and a main impetus for dynamic development of the city. Currently, the city also strongly emphasizes its strong bonds with the sea and supports maritime economy.
The Sea Festival offered an opportunity to commemorate those who died when on duty on the sea. On the first day of the celebrations, wreaths were floated onto water for this intention. A memorial plaque dedicated to thirty-three sailors, including five Poles, who died when SS “El Faro” sank, was unveiled on the Southern Pier (Molo Południowe). The vessel flying the American flag which departed from Florida, bound for Puerto Rico, sank on 1 October 2015 in Hurricane Joaquin not far from the Bahamas. Families of the deceased, representatives of the American shipowner, maritime and rescue services as well as self-government of Gdynia participated in the ceremony.

On 22 June, Midsummer Night, a night parade of yachts departed from Orłowo. Joanna Pajkowska, a yachtswoman, who i.a. managed to complete a solo trip around the world without a stop as well as won the Twohanded Transatlantic Race TwoSTAR 2017, also participated in the parade. It was possible to see illuminated vessels from the Seaside Boulevard (Bulwar Nadmorski). Sailors lit flares on boards and floated wreaths of flowers onto water.

The attractions prepared on the occasion of the Sea Festival were organized in various parts of the city. The National Marine Fisheries Research Institute allowed people to observe sea creatures under a microscope, as well as organized exhibitions, games and contests. On Saturday, 29 June, the Maritime Fair (Jarmark Morski) was organized at the Arka Gdynia Plaza (Skwer Arki Gdynia), whereas the Kashubian Plaza hosted a good and artistic fair where you could see sculptures, paintings and regional embroidery as well as listen to music bands.
The Sea Festival was also enriched by restaurant keepers from the Culinary Center Route in Gdynia who prepared a special Sea Festival menu celebrating fish from the Baltic Sea. It was also an opportunity to go on a free-of-charge cruise on one of the oldest Polish sailing ships Baltic Star which was built in 1947.

The finale of the Sea Festival topped out the celebrations of the Navy Festival. On this occasion, giant flying colors were raised on the vessels, whereas a speech and celebration of handing a banner to the youngest vessel in the Navy were held on the Southern Pier. Inhabitants and tourists were allowed to visit three vessels of the Navy: underwater ORP “Orzeł” (“Eagle”), minelayer-landing ORP “Kraków” (“Cracow”) as well as rescue ORP “Zbyszko”. It was also possible to take a close look at military vehicles and learn more about the activities of special military forces.

fot. Paweł Kukla/UM Gdynia

A new place for sailors

A new place for sailors

Marina Yacht Park located in the northern part of Basen Prezydenta (Presidential Basin) has already welcomed sailors. A state-of-the-art marina may accommodate 120 vessels. Yachts will excellently complete and enrich the landscape of this part of the city.

The state-of-the-art marina is located in the northern part of Basen Prezydenta (Presidential Basin). A surface part of the investment, which covers 320 square meters of the renovated strip of Kutrowe Wharf, was commissioned at the end of April. On 24 June 2019, President of Gdynia Wojciech Szczurek cut a ceremonial ribbon. Currently, the entire facility is ready to welcome guests. Participants of this year’s youth world championship and sailing regattas will be able to take advantage of the attractions the marina offers. The marina administration building is equipped with sanitary facilities, showers, restrooms as well as rooms where you can prepare food and conference rooms.

Marina Yacht Park is adapted to meet the needs of both yachts longer than 10 meters and smaller units such as waters scooters or rafting boats. The facility is able to host, very comfortably, as many as 120 such vessels. 72 places are intended for units shorter than 14 meters LOA, 42 for those shorter than 12 meters and 6 for units shorter than 10 meters. 8 additional places were created for water scooters.
The investor of the facility is Polski Holding Nieruchomości which is also responsible for the adjacent Yacht Park.

fot. Anna Bobrowska/UM Gdynia

In Gdynia, about quality of life

In Gdynia, about quality of life

How to create and develop contemporary cities to improve the quality of life of their residents – the participants of the third edition of Real Estate Impactor, a conference organized in Gdynia by the “Rzeczpospolita” newspaper have wondered.

Over 200 participants of the conference, among them local government members, urban planners, investors and developers, in Gdynia, for two days (20-21.05) discussed the quality of life in the city as a service provided to its residents. At present, apart from the so-called hard, measurable indicators of the development of cities in various rankings, more and more often, residents’ satisfaction with life in their city is being examined. This satisfaction in question consists of many factors that facilitate and brighten residents’ life in the agglomerations.

According to Anna Krzyżanowska, the editor-in-chief of the Real Estate desk in “Rzeczpospolita”, by 2050, over 75 per cent of society will have lived in cities. That is why it is worth considering what these cities will be like, how either life reality, work and spending time will look like.
The participants had been welcomed by Gdynia’s economy vice-president, Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, who admitted that Gdynia’s strategy to 2030 assumes the improvement of the quality of life of its residents.

This is a Congress that allows the interchange of information between the local government and the business industry, in a manner leading to more thorough, mutual understanding. So that the business may better understand, where more common good should be accumulated, and that simultaneously, we would better understand the business needs and be capable of adapting to them. This time, we are talking about the quality of life. This is a perfect topic to be raised when it comes to being discussed in Gdynia. There will also be a talk about, how attention to the quality of life affects the strategy. Our strategy until 2030, as a horizontal goal, bets on the quality of life and we try to act in a manner so that would be the ultimate goal of everything that we do in the city,” Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała said during the welcome.

The first speech of the Congress was the presentation of Slagin Parakatil, Director of Mercer, a valued expert in the field of assessing the attractiveness of cities in numerous countries. He pointed out that, nowadays, the quality of life is a determinant of urban development strategies, and each city has certain special features that should be utilized and supported.

Architects and developers talked about development and urban projects for residents. Private and public initiatives that can improve the quality of life were also the subject of the discussion.

The first day of the Conference was culminated by the award of the REAL ESTATE IMPACTOR prizes for the most spectacular and most significant projects that change the face of their surroundings. The statuettes were handed by the mayor of Gdynia, Wojciech Szczurek, and the vice-president of Gdynia, Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała.

NATO vessels in Gdynia

NATO vessels in Gdynia

Six vessels that belong to the Standing NATO Maritime Group have come to Gdynia. It was a rare opportunity to take a closer look at the battleships. Three of them have been made available to visitors.

The vessels arrived on 17th May and remained in Gdynia to 20th May. There were moored to the French Quay. We hosted the following vessels – American USS Gravely, Spanish ESPS Almirante Juan De Borbon, Turkish TCG Gokova, British HMS Westminster, German FGS Rhön as well as Polish frigate ORP Gen. Kazimierz Pułaski. The inhabitants of Gdynia were given an opportunity to explore the American, Turkish and British vessels over the weekend.

The vessels, which arrived in Gdynia as a part of a working visit, belong to the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG-1). The visit was organized by the 13th Minesweeper Squadron, which belongs to the 8th Coastal Defence Flotilla.

The representation of the vessel group visited the City Hall in Gdynia as well. The commanders of five units were hosted by Joanna Zielińska, Chairwoman of the City Council. The visitors were led by Commander Peter Krogh, a commander of the team and an officer of the Royal Danish Navy.

 

The Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG-1) is responsible for maintaining maritime safety. The group is also to demonstrate solidarity of the members of the alliance and ensure safety of sea communication routes. The group’s vessels constitute a mine countermeasures system in sea areas, which is regarded as a “counter-mine shield” for Europe. The forces may also be used to support counter-terrorism operations, life rescue operations and reacting in crises.

fot. Paweł Kukla/UM Gdynia

Sailors Using the New Marina

Sailors Using the New Marina

The first sailing yacht has entered the new Yacht Park Marina in Gdynia. The overwater part of the investment project has been put into use. Construction works related to the marina administration building are still in progress, but sailors can already moor at new berths.

The first yacht to enter the new Gdynia harbour has been S/Y Legia. It is a particularly unique vessel from 1968, on board of which for instance Colonel Kukliński sailed. Currently the yacht is the property of the Polish Navy Yacht Club Kotwica. After the marina was put into use, it has served O’pen BIC Class sailors from a child sailing school. The organisers hope there will be yachts aplenty at the marina soon.
The Yacht Park Marina has been constructed at the President’s Basin in Gdynia and is a part of a large investment project carried out on the waterfront.

“We are able to host, very comfortably, 120 vessels, meaning sailing yachts over 10 metres. And also smaller units, like jet skis or RIBs,” says Marek Wójcik, Gdynia Yacht Park Marina Manager. “The marina will also have many technical and sanitary facilities, including rooms for our guests, showers, toilets or a forecastle, that is a room designed for preparing meals or organise meetings.”

The entire investment project, including the necessary facilities for sailors, is to be completed before this summer season, as the organisers intend to make the new object fully available for the season.

“At the end of June, no later than in the mid July, we want to already participate in the events organised by Gdynia, the World Championship, sailing regattas or the Sea Days. We will certainly be ready by then, with all technical facilities and the marina administration opened, able to provide services expected by sailors at any modern marina,” Marek Wójcik assures.

The investor of the new marina is the capital group Polski Holding Nieruchomości.

Fot. Kamil Złoch, gdynia.pl

The marina is coming

The marina is coming

Polski Holding Nieruchomości, the investor of the Yacht Park complex and the modern marina, declares project completion at the end of April – beginning of May. This is excellent news for sailors.

Yacht Park construction works are in progress. At the Fisherman’s Pier, frames of new buildings are already being erected. The investor has planned to build here 135 apartments in six 5-storey residential buildings. Their ground floors will serve as business premises with their total floor area within the complex amounting to over 13k square meters.

Windows of the luxury apartments will offer a view of the new yacht marina nearby. The company responsible for project performance is now erecting a structure to hold marina administration as well as laundry, drying room and comfortable bathrooms. Marina Yacht Park is supposed to be opened for sailors before the beginning of this summer season. According to the investor, the first vessels will be able to moor there as soon as the end of April/beginning of May.

This is great news for water sport fans and sailing lovers, whom we have aplenty in Gdynia and Pomerania,” says Marek Łucyk, Deputy Mayor of Gdynia responsible for development. “In the very heart of our city over 100 new berths will appear. This information is also important in the context of organisation of major sailing events which are regularly held here and require proper infrastructure. We consider our city’s marine identity very important, and so the more happy we are to see another spot here soon connected with sailing, without which no one can imagine a summer in Gdynia,” Deputy Mayor Łucyk underlines.

The port will have space to moor 120 vessels with maximum draught up to 8 meters, up to 14 meters long. Plans include also berths for jet skis. The investment contractor will equip the facility with a modern management system and efficient booking system making this place well adjusted to sea cruises and sailing expeditions.

Fot. Kamil Złoch, gdynia.pl 

Downtown Offices

Downtown Offices

Three five-storey office buildings, that is Marina Office, will be erected in Waszyngtona and Hryniewieckiego Streets in Sea City. The investor, Polski Holding Nieruchomości, plans to begin works in the second half of 2019.

This modern office complex of about 27k square meters of space for rent will comprise three independent five-storey buildings with a common garage hall. The south-western part of the front building A will boast of a dominant mezzanine.

PHN is currently selecting a general contractor for this investment project. The Company plans to start the works in the second half of the year and complete them in 2021 or 2022. In the vicinity of the buildings, nearby the former Dalmor pier, a town square with greenery and benches is to be created.

The architectural concept of the office buildings was prepared by the studio S.A.M.I. Architekci Mariusz Lewandowski i Wspólnicy [S.A.M.I. Architects Mariusz Lewandowski and Partners]. These office buildings in Gdynia will harmoniously combine modern architecture with innovative technologies. Describing the project on its website the investor reveals that “the building complex is inspired by a shell with its rough external surface and smooth iridescent interior”.

Polski Holding Nieruchomości is already carrying out an investment project in Sea City. The Company is building the Yacht Park housing estate, that is six five-storey residential buildings and a new marina.

Gdynia – Polish City of the Future

Gdynia – Polish City of the Future

During the real estate fair in Cannes, Gdynia was awarded a prestigious title of the Polish City of the Future in two categories – Economic Potential and Overall – among mid-sized cities. In seven other categories, Gdynia ranked close to the very top. The award was collected by Wojciech Szczurek, the Mayor of Gdynia.

The ranking, organised by fDi Intelligence and GIS Planning, where Gdynia was scored at the top of as many as seven categories, rewards the best foreign investment locations. These awards call the attention of investors from all over the world to the awarded city and its investment potential. Gdynia once again participated in MIPIM fair in Cannes together with Gdańsk, Sopot, Rumia and Pruszcz Gdańsk, sharing the Invest in Pomerania stand. Talking to a journalist from Rzeczpospolita, Mayor Szczerek revealed where his city was looking for new development opportunities.

“On one hand, we want to create new areas of the city’s economic development, on the other – to meet growing expectations,” Wojciech Szczurek, the Mayor of Gdynia, explained. “Poland still lacks many flats, and expectations are changing as well. There is a need for a more diversified offer in the housing market, both for the wealthiest people and for those who often add up the credit capacity of their family members and ambitiously want to make their dreams about a flat come true. We want to accommodate that, and so we build new districts in the city and look for investors for such projects. We want them to change our city with us,” Mayor Szczurek said.

During the fair, Gdynia promoted seaside areas of Sea City – a new district currently built in the city centre. On the second day of the fair, Gdynia organised a panel discussion dedicated to the subject of quayside development – “Waterfront Regeneration – Challenges and Opportunities”, conducted by Professor Greg Clark – an urbanist, author dealing with many questions related to city development and business investments, advisor and mentor of many urban agglomerations and companies around the world. Also, representatives of Rotterdam, Lisbon, Belfast and Gdynia shared their experiences in the field of waterfront design.

“This is our contribution to MIPIM, one we can propose as Waterfront Cities founding members. We consistently stake on the hotel industry. Gdynia still needs some more high standard hotels. The city has plots of land in unique locations, situated in the coastal belt – these areas will be the topic of discussions with key investors. Our participation in the fair allows us to present the development potential of Gdynia and to encourage international players to invest with us,” says Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, the Deputy Mayor of Gdynia responsible for Economy.

Sea City will offer space for work, living and leisure. The purpose of such a wide offer is to prevent this area from becoming desolated in the afternoon and the evening. The first Sea City investment projects were put into use in 2015. On the waterfront of President’s Basin, as part of the Waterfront I project erected by the company Vastint Poland, Courtyard by Marriott hotel and an 11-storey office building were constructed. The Investor is already carrying out works related to the second stage of the development concept of, this time, the former Gemini complex. On the Fishing Pier Wharf, construction of the residential complex Yacht Park is in progress. Both its residents and other people living in Gdynia will be able to use a modern marina located nearby. In July 2019, Gdynia will host the Youth Sailing World Championship, and the marina is where almost 500 sailors from 76 countries will moor.