Monika Matis

AKA SEA WITCH Sailor, translator and author. Skippered or co-skippered boats from 10 to 65 feet, from Africa to the high Arctic, solo and with a crew. Owner of the "Sea Witch" - 32ft long Colin Archer built on lines of the famous "Eric" designed by William Atkin in 1920s, which makes her identical in her lines to "Suhaili".



I'm 42 now, I have sailed since I was 15. I used to sail on my friends' boats, when they needed someone "in the know" to get a boat somewhere far. I skippered yachts in the Baltic, North Sea, Mediterranean and Atlantic, from Africa to the high Arctic. I also sailed solo or in a very small crew.

 in the Arctic - 79 degrees north

Since I bought my current boat, "Sea Witch" - I sailed on her in Mediterranean with just one person as a crew. I plan to sail her alone early next year back to Wales, where she will be fitted for this great journey.

At the moment I'm working hard to get this project going, with all my savings (and not only) going into the re-fitting the boat, and I also translate a book on storm sailing techniques in my spare time (of which my work does not leave a lot). It is due to be published later this year which should help a bit with all the work needed on the boat. For the same reason a company - Seawitch Marine Services Ltd - was started last year. If you want to support this project buying marine equipment or using services provided by me - look at our website at


Few years ago I was all ready to build my own boat - I was living on a boat I was "babysitting" for my friend, in a very cosy boatyard on Canvey Island in Thames Estuary, where I had also nice, covered space for my boatbuilding, when my friend rang me saying - "I found a boat for you!". He used to do so every few months but he also knew what kind of boats were interesting to me and, crucially, he knew roughly what I could afford.

Two months later I was busy surveying my new boat on Mallorca. It took me another two years, due to changes at work (less time available) to finally get her sailing. In April/May I sailed on her to Gibraltar, were she waits for me to do some more work on her and sail her back to Wales next year.

When I bought her I knew I have plenty of big and small jobs to do on her and expected to spend around twice the amount I bought her for to bring her up to her former glory.

Unfortunately, after re-checking her before such a big project, some HUGE (and hugely important!) points were added to "TO DO" list.

about the BOAT

"Sea Witch" a boat built on the same lines like "Suhaili" - on which sir Robin Knox-Johnston as a first person ever sailed around the world solo, nonstop. They both differ in their rig (Suhaili being a ketch, while Sea Witch is a cutter) but their hulls are identical, both built on the same lines of "Eric" designed by William Atkin in 1920s.


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  • Lindsay Turvey (Thursday, November 09 17 11:19 pm GMT)

    What wonderful desirable problems you have chosen throughout your life. I'm really looking forward to hearing more as you achieve your next big adventurer.

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