About The skipper
Where does your passion for sailing come from?
I was born in a town which is not on the sea, in Bulgaria but my father often brought me with him on business trips and to a yacht club where my first experience was with an Optimist. I was just 7 years old when I fell in love with the sea. That’s when I started feeling a special bond that has been with me my entire life.
What lessons have you learnt from sailing?
The lesson I’ve learnt is that we must respect the sea.
What brought you to like single-handed sailing?
Sometimes our own company is the best company we can desire.
What prompted you to sign up for this event?
I’ve always dreamed of sailing around the world, since I was a 7-year-old child. I’ve never been shy to admit it and I’ve already attempted it once but the project wasn’t right and I didn’t succeed. However, my desire is undiminished. When I saw this event, I knew it was a second chance to achieve my lifelong dream.
How do you plan to prepare for this event?
As soon as I get a boat I intend to start living on her and sailing on her as much as possible, moving from port to port and encountering all sorts of weather conditions whilst getting to know the boat as best I can.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge?
Although I don’t have a racing background, I think I’ll feel the pressure of the competition very strongly. When I do something I also want to be the best at it, so I’m sure this will add to the pressure on me.
Tell us about your boat or the boat you would like to have.
I don’t want a boat that is too big – it has to be manageable and has to be a boat that is capable of this event from the outset, from when it was designed. I might need to reinforce it but I want the original designer to have imagined a boat capable of this navigation. The boat must offer sufficient comfort for the intended navigation as there is no need to add misery to the enormous challenge. In my first attempt, I made the mistake of modifying a boat for a use other than that originally intended. That doesn’t work, and I learnt the importance of having decent living arrangements for long distance.
Do you intend to link this personal challenge with a social message?
During my first round-the-world solo attempt I was ambassador for “Save the Planet” and I will be their ambassador again. We only have this planet and we have to preserve it.
Sailing Milestones and Palmares
Aside my round the world attempt on a 5.5m boat which I had to abandon following technical difficulties, I have fond memories of a navigation from Madagascar to Bali.
About The Boat