Recognition for International Work

Former Tall Ships Races project manager Jostein Haukali has been awarded the Janka Bielak Medal in recognition of his efforts to international friendship through sail training.

Haukali was project manager for The Cutty Sark Tall Ships Races in Stavanger in 1997. The Bielak medal was awarded by the sail training organisation, Sail Training International (STI), and presented during a ceremony in Haukali’s home on Tuesday 20 December.

The Janka Bielak Medal is awarded to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to international friendship and understanding through sail training.

“Here, you contributed for many years”, said Jørn Snorre Andersen, Chairman of the Norwegian Sail Training Alliance, when he presented the medal on behalf of STI.

Jostein Haukali was one of the initiators of the Norwegian Sail Training Alliance and sat as chairman of the organisation for several years. He was also a director of STI for a decade after he finished as a project manager. The organisations are working to develop young people through sail training across different divisions.

“Your efforts as a volunteer and with peace building is a work both our city and the world needs”, said Deputy Mayor Bjorg Tysdal Moe on behalf of Stavanger during the ceremony.

The Bielak medal is named after Polish-born Janka Bielak who contributed especially to the Eastern European sailing ships with the international sail training environment for young people from the 1970’s.

Haukali was project manager for the first Tall Ships Race event in Stavanger during the summer of 1997. Since then the city has been host port for sailing regattas for youth both in 2004 and 2011. Between 26. 29 July 2018 Stavanger will again be welcoming back the sailing ships.