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"Meet the Experts" gala dinner
Join us at the "Meet the Experts" gala dinner and board
the nineteenth century Dutch barge "Alrina"

Theme of the meeting: Ahoy, sailors!
Time: Monday, 11 December 2017, 8 pm
Place: Kurlandzki boulevard next to Father Bernatek’s Footbridge (Bulwar Kurlandzki koło Kładki o. Bernatka), Cracow
The heart of Cracow, on the Vistula River, where Father Bernatek’s Footbridge connects two districts, Kazimierz and Podgórze, is where ‘Alrina’ – a nineteenth century Dutch barge – is moored. It is the oldest, the largest and the only barge of this kind in Poland. There are only three such vessels in the entire Europe. It is a real gem. Thanks to people who shared a passion for it, Alrina has been expertly renovated, and thus became special and one of a kind.
The highlight of the evening, as legendary as the ‘Arlina’ (although not as old), will be Mirek ‘Koval’ Kowalewski – a loveable Polish shantyman (who prefers the phrase ‘swamp- and marsh-song performer’, as he sings about inland, rather than marine sailing). Koval, along with the ‘Zejman & Garkumpel’ band, are the authors of numerous sailing-themed songs and promoters of sailing among the young ones. Despite his notorious tendency to belittle his accomplishments and experiences, Mirek is also the author of columns in sailing magazines and an experienced sailor who, among others, sailed around Cape Horn.
Mirek ‘Koval’ Kowalewski

About "Alrina"
Alrina, built in 1889, is truly unique. It is 53 meters long and has a very interesting past. Only three barges that size where built in Europe, and the Dutch felt that ‘Alrina’ is so unique that it should be presented on their postage stamps.
Barka Alrina

That is why when in 2003, after having been sold to a Polish company, and ‘Alrina’ was leaving Rotterdam, a scandal broke out in the Netherlands and there was outrage that this precious historical specimen was being let out of the country. However, it was too late for controversies – the antique barge already had a new owner and set off for a nearly 10-month (as it later turned out, bumpy) inland cruise towards Poland. One of such bumps included a situation at the Polish-German border, where the previous captain of the barge refused to disembark.
‘Alrina’ has undergone several years of renovation and was adapted for new purposes. The barge’s traditional appearance was maintained – with the beautiful curves of its sides and raised bow which is a rarity among other inland vessels. A roof was built over two holds, which were transformed into two rooms: a conference room and a restaurant, which is where a unique, sandbank-inspired bar is located. The original space division, with an elevated poop deck and a central platform was maintained on the main deck. The only change included added roofing, thanks to which the deck can be enjoyed even during winter.
Barka Alrina

Barka Alrina - bar

Barka Alrina - bar

Barka Alrina - bar

Barka Alrina - bar

Barka Alrina - bar
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