The Polish sail training vessel that lost its masts and sparked a major rescue operation off Cornwall has revisited Falmouth.
On October 29, 2010 the vessel was reported as in distress 100 miles off the Isles of Scilly having lost both masts in gale force winds and heavy seas.
It was on a three and a half month cruise from the Netherlands to the Caribbean with 47 crew aboard including 36 trainees aged 14 years.
Although there was an engine the ship's master was unwilling to use it for fear of trailing debris snagging on the propeller. There were no reported injuries. The ship was towed into the sheltered waters of Falmouth Bay after 100 miles and three days on tow by a small fishing trawler the Nova Spero, whose Captain, Shaun Edwards answered the Mayday call.
The Fryderyk Chopin was designed by Zygmunt Choreń, named in honour of the early to mid 19th century Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin, and launched in 1992 in the Dora Shipyard, Gdańsk, Poland.
She was chartered for a year by West Island College (Class Afloat) in Nova Scotia to expand their Tall Ship educational program. After that, she was operated by the European School of Law and Administration, a private university in Poland.