After family, friends and onlookers had given him a grand welcome to Albany, Fedor said: ‘This is my 5th visit to Australia, but my first time to the West Coast. I am very impressed with the beautiful coastline, the natural harbour of King George Sound – and particularly the warm welcome I have received here in Albany.”
Bob Williams, CEO of Antarctica Cup Management, who was one of first to welcome Fedor ashore, added “It is fitting that Fedor will embark on his historic solo non-stop record attempt around the Antarctica Cup Racetrack on the same day that we Australians celebrate the birth of our Nation. Fedor is about to help us create our own piece of history. The Antarctica Cup Ocean Race around the Antarctica Cup Racetrack is the first international sporting event to be based out of Albany in Western Australia, the first inter-ocean yacht race based in Western Australia, the first in Australia, and the first in the Southern Hemisphere. The moment Fedor crosses the start line, seven years of event planning and promotion comes to realisation. It will be a great moment for us, for Fedor, and for sport in Australia.”
Konyukhov plans to cross the Antarctica Cup Ocean Race Start and Finish line off Wooding Point on the King George Sound coastline at 1030hrs on Saturday 26th January. This will provide a spectacular grandstand view for spectators as ‘Trading Network Alye Parusa’ heads south towards the entry gate of the Antarctica Cup Racetrack some 600 miles south of Albany. From there Fedor will sail 14,500 nautical miles east-about around Antarctica, round three great capes: Cape Horn, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leewin and finish in Albany in late March 2008.
More details at www.antarcticacup.com
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