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05.05.2008

Antarctica Cup Trophy arrived to Albany

Bob Williams, chairman, Antarctica Cup Management: “We were well aware of Kevin Gordon’s international reputation as a master glass artist (Kevin’s work is included in the ‘Sir Elton John American Glass Collection’, and is displayed in galleries across Europe) and were delighted when Kevin agreed to design and craft our @@apos@@Antarctica Cup@@apos@@ perpetual trophy and replica trophy to be awarded to the champions of the Antarctica Cup Racetrack

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Bob Williams, chairman, Antarctica Cup Management: “We were well aware of Kevin Gordon’s international reputation as a master glass artist (Kevin’s work is included in the ‘Sir Elton John American Glass Collection’, and is displayed in galleries across Europe) and were delighted when Kevin agreed to design and craft our @@apos@@Antarctica Cup@@apos@@ perpetual trophy and replica trophy to be awarded to the champions of the Antarctica Cup Racetrack. Our brief to Kevin was that we wanted a trophy that depicted the Antarctic environment in all its beauty, a trophy that was distinctly original, with a replica our champions will be proud to take home. We feel Kevin has done us proud.”

The Trophy has it first names: Fedor Konyukhov, yacht Trading Network Alye Parusa, Antarctica Cup 2008

 

 

 



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04.05.2008

Fedor is out from Southern Ocean

Fedor entered the @@apos@@Roaring Forties@@apos@@ on 30 January 08 and exited today having spent the last 95 days below latitude 40S. He performed solo non-stop sailing on his 86 foot boat unassisted, 95 days below 40S. A remarkable achievement. As at 10:24 WST 04 May 08 Fedor has 500 nautical miles to the Finish Line in KingGeorgeSound – @@apos@@as the crow flies@@apos@@. With variable lighter winds forecast this last 500 nm may be the most agonising of the past 99 days as the wind plays it@@apos@@s tricks to test Fedor@@apos@@s mental and physical endurance right to the last

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Fedor entered the @@apos@@Roaring Forties@@apos@@ on 30 January 08 and exited today having spent the last 95 days below latitude 40S. He performed solo non-stop sailing on his 86 foot boat unassisted, 95 days below 40S. A remarkable achievement.

As at 10:24 WST 04 May 08 Fedor has 500 nautical miles to the Finish Line in KingGeorgeSound - @@apos@@as the crow flies@@apos@@. With variable lighter winds forecast this last 500 nm may be the most agonising of the past 99 days as the wind plays it@@apos@@s tricks to test Fedor@@apos@@s mental and physical endurance right to the last. In the meantime Antarctica Cup Ocean Race personnel in company with Fedor@@apos@@s shore crew are busy making arrangements for the conclusion of Fedor@@apos@@s epic and historic voyage around the Antarctica Cup Racetrack. International media crews have arrived in Albany with more expected waiting for Fedor to cross the Finish Line - maybe Wednesday 07 May but looking like Thursday 08 May at this stage. Albany is enjoying glorious autumn weather.

Report from Fedor: “It is getting warm out here. I really can feel it now. The air smells different. Still raining, but it is comfortable rain, not those bullets we had for the last 3 months. This morning I crossed 40 South and exit Roaring Forties. It is very emotional feeling, combination of joy and sadness. Will I ever sail these waters? I spent more then half a year sailing my boat from UK to Australia and then ACRT, I so much got used to this routine and frankly speaking I am scare to change it! It is all so predictable here in the ocean, my boat become essential part of it and soon I will have to put her on anchor. This is hard to believe. All my thoughts now – how I will approach Albany, what time, who will meet me, what the weather will be there? All thoughts about finish. Fedor”.

 



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02.05.2008

Fedor Crosses GATE 18 Racetrack Exit Gate

Fedor Crosses GATE 18 (105E), Racetrack Exit GateFedor crossed GATE 18 (105E) of the Antarctica Cup Racetrack at 2106 UTC, 01 May 08. (0506 WST 02 May 08) and is now free to head north to the Finish Line in King George Sound, Albany, Western Australia. ETA KingGeorgeSound Thursday 08 May 08. (please follow this web site for updates).Reports from Fedor@@apos@@s shore crew indicate that Fedor is in the grip of 50 -55 knot gale force winds from the  WNW. The repair to the mainsail track car is complete. Fedor is OK but is still sailing east until the wind allows him to set a course for KingGeorgeSound

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Fedor Crosses GATE 18 (105E), Racetrack Exit Gate

Fedor crossed GATE 18 (105E) of the Antarctica Cup Racetrack at 2106 UTC, 01 May 08. (0506 WST 02 May 08) and is now free to head north to the Finish Line in King George Sound, Albany, Western Australia. ETA KingGeorgeSound Thursday 08 May 08. (please follow this web site for updates).
Reports from Fedor@@apos@@s shore crew indicate that Fedor is in the grip of 50 -55 knot gale force winds from the  WNW. The repair to the mainsail track car is complete. Fedor is OK but is still sailing east until the wind allows him to set a course for KingGeorgeSound. Distance under the keel of @@apos@@Trading Network Alye Parusa@@apos@@ since crossing the Start Line (26 January 08) is 15,400 nautical miles. Distance to the Finish Line (118E) is 850 nautical miles.
Fedor has effectively completed the inaugural circumnavigation of the Antarctica Cup Racetrack, GATE 1 - GATE 18, Solo Monohull Division in approx. 96 Days 19 Hours. @@apos@@Trading Network Alye Parusa@@apos@@ has incurred damage to a mast head instrument and has a damaged aerial to the satellite telephone terminal below decks. There are some splits in the mainsail which are holding. Aside from this @@apos@@Trading Network Alye Parusa@@apos@@ is in sound condition which is a tribute to the soundness of the vessel and the meticulous preparation for the event by Fedor, his shore crew, sail maker North Sails (France), refit ship yard Pendennis (UK), rigging company All Spars (UK) and many other involved in preparing the boat for the toughest yacht race on the Planet.

Position: 44,18.0S , 107,28.43E
Speed: 10 knots, Course: 60 deg.
UTC Time: 02. April 2008 09:32
wind-50-60 kt W- FEDOR OK 

 



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30.04.2008

50 knots of wind forecasted at turning mark

Fedor Konyukhov: “I am sailing close to the wind as much as the N-N-W waves allow. Ideal is to have 060 COG, but we are hardly managing 075 COG. In fact we are riding parallel the swell and wind waves. Bringing the boat closer – creates too much stress for the hull and rig. The boat hits the wave and often stops. I was hoping to have cooperative forecast by the turning mark (Exit Gate), although what I just got from Lee Bruce promises rough approach to the Exit Gate. Forecast: Based on the likelihood of a lot of WNW to NNW wind, Fedor should try to enter the exit gate as close to the west end (45S 105E) as possible

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Fedor Konyukhov: “I am sailing close to the wind as much as the N-N-W waves allow. Ideal is to have 060 COG, but we are hardly managing 075 COG. In fact we are riding parallel the swell and wind waves. Bringing the boat closer – creates too much stress for the hull and rig. The boat hits the wave and often stops. I was hoping to have cooperative forecast by the turning mark (Exit Gate), although what I just got from Lee Bruce promises rough approach to the Exit Gate.

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Based on the likelihood of a lot of WNW to NNW wind, Fedor should try to enter the exit gate as close to the west end (45S 105E) as possible. But I’m afraid the wind will make that very difficult.  Fedor will need to sail as high as he can for the next 48-60 hours.  The two positions estimated below are where I think Fedor may end up, but he should always be trying for that 45S 105E WP.

30/00Z: W 15-20kt

30/06: NW 10-15

30/12: NNW 20-25

30/18: NNW 30-35

01/00: NW 20-25 (estimate near 46 30S 101 45E)

01/06: NW 25-30

01/12: WNW 35

01/18: WNW 35

02/00: W 20 becoming WSW 40

02/06: WSW 40-50 (estimate near 45S 106 33E)

Fedor: “So, it looks us will have to deal with Force 10-11 leaving ACRT. It will be powerful farewell. Obviously, S-W storm will bring chilling wind and probably heavy snow. I only started to take layers off. Tomorrow is 01 of May. I never have been in the Southern Ocean so late in the season. In 1990-91 during Sydney-Sydney non stop solo circumnavigation I finished at JacksonBay on 08 of June 1991, but most of the Indian Ocean I sailed above 40 south and passed through Bass Straight. After Cape of Good Hope I simply could not force my self to sail Deep South again on 36 ft production boat from Swanson.

The good thing is that every mile north brings us into warmer waters. Yesterday before N-W breeze filled in I even open deck hatch at the back of the boat – to ventilate aft cabin where I keep fuel, fenders and other smelly stuff. This is the first time I had opened this hatch since entering Antarctica Cup Race Track! It was like entering ancient cellar or Egyptian pyramid.

In general all is well on board “Trading Network Alye Parusa” and although Southern Ocean keeps showing its character – but I already have seen enough of it. Big respect to this vast Ocean but my boat and I have also learned at lot sailing Antarctica Cup – I think we can negotiate coming weather system. Not to be self confident, it is just the boat is very strong and reliable. Best regards – Fedor

 



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29.04.2008

1500 miles to the finish line

Fedor Konyukhov crossed Sanders Gate (90°E). He has spent the last 40 days in the freezing ‘Furious Fifty’ latitudes (between latitude 50S and 60S), is now within 1,500 miles of the Albany finish line, and sprinting towards the Antarctica Cup Racetrack exit gate (45°S, 105°E) at 11knots.At 2155 UTC 27 April 08 Fedor crossed GATE 17 SANDERS GATE. Elapsed time between GATE 16 and GATE 17 SANDERS GATE is 11 Days, 18 Hours, 7 Minutes. The last gate on the Antarctica Cup Racetrack before heading north-east to KingGeorgeSound and the Finish Line is approximately 675 nautical miles ahead

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Fedor Konyukhov crossed Sanders Gate (90°E). He has spent the last 40 days in the freezing ‘Furious Fifty’ latitudes (between latitude 50S and 60S), is now within 1,500 miles of the Albany finish line, and sprinting towards the Antarctica Cup Racetrack exit gate (45°S, 105°E) at 11knots.
At 2155 UTC 27 April 08 Fedor crossed GATE 17 SANDERS GATE. Elapsed time between GATE 16 and GATE 17 SANDERS GATE is 11 Days, 18 Hours, 7 Minutes. The last gate on the Antarctica Cup Racetrack before heading north-east to KingGeorgeSound and the Finish Line is approximately 675 nautical miles ahead. Approximate distance to the Finish Line is 1,635 nautical miles. ETA Finish Line is 8 May.

With a way point of 45S, 105E (Racetrack Exit Gate) ahead Fedor can bid farewell to the cold and fury of the @@apos@@Furious Fifties@@apos@@ latitudes - at least for now! Fedor has spent 40 of the last 92 days between latitude 50S and 60S (Centre Lane and Inside Lane of the Antarctica Cup Racetrack) thought to be the longest period to date spent in these latitudes by a solo non-stop sailor. By the time Fedor’s 85ft yacht Trading Network Alye Parusa gets above 40°S in six days time, he is likely to have chalked up another record for spending 52 days inside the ‘Roaring Forty’ latitudes.





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27.04.2008

Alye Parusa on the N-E heading towards the Exit mark

Fedor Konyukhov reported via Sat phone: “I am talking to you, standing on deck via Iridium hand-held phone. The stationary phone is out of order; the troubleshooting procedure showed that there is a problem with antenna. It looks antenna had enough of stress and gave up. The portable sat phone is from the Survival grab bag, the line is clear, but the only disadvantage – I have to go on deck, as there is no coverage inside the nav station.  Last 24 hours were quite challenging, after powerful North flow we had for nearly 100 hours, some one switched off the wind. All of sudden from 45 knots we end up with 05 knots in the matter of minutes

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Fedor Konyukhov reported via Sat phone:

“I am talking to you, standing on deck via Iridium hand-held phone. The stationary phone is out of order; the troubleshooting procedure showed that there is a problem with antenna. It looks antenna had enough of stress and gave up. The portable sat phone is from the Survival grab bag, the line is clear, but the only disadvantage – I have to go on deck, as there is no coverage inside the nav station. 

Last 24 hours were quite challenging, after powerful North flow we had for nearly 100 hours, some one switched off the wind. All of sudden from 45 knots we end up with 05 knots in the matter of minutes. The Ocean was completely out of control and the boat was left with no power to the mercy of the waves. Main sail was flying and crushing from side to side. Before I managed to dropt it down, one of the stainless steel connecting pin (attaches main sail to the traveler on the mast) broke and it is now rubbing alongside the carbon mast. I tried to unscrew the broken part from batten terminal – but so far unsuccessful. The remained bit is too short to get it with pliers. I am working on it now, since I have several spare pins.   

From morning 27th of April we are finally coming up towards turning mark at 105E. With the long range forecast we may sail east of this mark, it all we depend on the wind conditions around this mark.  

The amount of snow I had this night is unbelievable. Strong northern flow with high humidity and cold conditions of late Southern Ocean Autumn brought massive snow fall, up to 10 centimeters on deck and on the sails. Fresh water in plastic bottles in the cockpit is frozen. I can easily imagine conditions the first polar explorers experienced. Hope I will be out of this refrigerator soon. 35 South (Albany Latitude) sounds like Tropics. Best regards, Fedor

Position: 49,26.71S , 88,9.7E
Speed: 7 knots, Course: 40 deg.
UTC Time: 27. April 2008 09:18



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25.04.2008

90 days at sea

Comments from weather router Lee Bruce: “Fedor was wondering if he should@@apos@@ve sailed farther south a few days ago.  The chart for 24 Apr 18Z suggests that he would@@apos@@ve been in a very tough position, had he started out farther south in this northerly gale.  The north wind extends for more than 1800nm, from 30S to 58S!  So there was no option to escape it--only to try to limit its effect.Fedor has been sailing about as fast as he has at any time since he left Albany, but my guess is that he@@apos@@s actually trying to slow the boat down, to limit the southing. And although he@@apos@@d like to sail more easterly, he@@apos@@s limited

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Comments from weather router Lee Bruce:

“Fedor was wondering if he should@@apos@@ve sailed farther south a few days ago.  The chart for 24 Apr 18Z suggests that he would@@apos@@ve been in a very tough position, had he started out farther south in this northerly gale.  The north wind extends for more than 1800nm, from 30S to 58S!  So there was no option to escape it--only to try to limit its effect.

Fedor has been sailing about as fast as he has at any time since he left Albany, but my guess is that he@@apos@@s actually trying to slow the boat down, to limit the southing. And although he@@apos@@d like to sail more easterly, he@@apos@@s limited by the wave action.  It@@apos@@s a fine balance between protecting the boat and aiming for the finish.

Once the north wind moves through, conditions will become variable, and then there will be a risk of 40kt gust 50kt SW wind. Fedor is amazingly resilient, but my guess is that even he will be very glad when this is over!” 

Fedor’s speed in the relentless N wind has driven him well south, and he may push toward 51S before the wind shifts.

 25/00Z: N 40-45kt gust 50

25/12: NNW 30-35

25/18: variable NW to NE to SE 15; low/front nearby

26/00: NE 15kt

26/06: NNE to NNW 20-25

26/12: NW 15

26/18: W 30-35

27/00: WNW 25

Fedor’s shore team report:

Condition are tough and Fedor is doing his best to limit southing. His main concern is the boat  which is under enormous stress from massive swells that are crashing over  the stern threatening rudder tillers and all antennas (GPS, Sat-C, Iridium and etc)

His tactic is to sail with the wind and waves. Slowing the boat down is not the best option. Instead he is trying to keep the boat on a ‘safe’ angle to the waves, while at the same time, maintain some easterly heading and at the same time try to maintain eastern heading

Fedor has been living on tea and coffee without sleep for the past 24 The autopilots are working at their limit and he has to change them over every hour. We asked Fedor what he wish for at these circumstances, expecting to hear: better weather, fresh food or less cold. Instead, he said “one more person on board. I like it out here, but sometimes it is very hard to rely only on just yourself while keeping everything working and making decisions. It would be nice to share a cup of tea and a chat with someone else. We could push the boat and enjoy every aspects of the weather even these 50 knot Northerly winds. Perhaps next time!”

Regards, Fedor.     

Position: 50,0.53S , 83,27.25E
Speed: 10 knots, Course: 112 deg.
UTC Time: 25. April 2008 14:24
wind 25-30 kt N - FEDOR OK 

Distance traveled to date 14,350 nautical miles.

 

 



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24.04.2008

Shore team is leaving Moscow for Albany

Fedor reported that boat is battling hard to make progress east. He had all possible sorts of uncooperative weather from N –E-S and back to N. Right now the wind is screaming at 40-45 knots from North, pushing the boat south-east. Shore crew is ready to leave Moscow for Perth arriving to Albany on 29th of April. Original plan was that the boat gets to Albany by 26th of April, but current progress makes ETA around 5th of May. We are closely monitoring boat progress and forecast and hope weather will be cooperative at turning mark allow Fedor smooth run north to the finish line

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Fedor reported that boat is battling hard to make progress east. He had all possible sorts of uncooperative weather from N –E-S and back to N. Right now the wind is screaming at 40-45 knots from North, pushing the boat south-east.

Shore crew is ready to leave Moscow for Perth arriving to Albany on 29th of April. Original plan was that the boat gets to Albany by 26th of April, but current progress makes ETA around 5th of May. We are closely monitoring boat progress and forecast and hope weather will be cooperative at turning mark allow Fedor smooth run north to the finish line. Fedor has great stamina and huge experience of navigating the boat in the Southern Ocean but Antarctica Cup proves to be the hardest challenge for him. Fedor not only fighting the weather, but sleep deprivation and general fatigue as a combination of hard work, cold environment he lives in, lack of food and etc. He said he lost up to 10 kg of body weight, which is significant (before the start he was at 70 kg). Once on dry land he will need some time to recover but Fedor is very fit and normally after 4-5 months at sea just 48 hours of rest enough for him to feel refreshed.

Oscar Konyukhov

Project Manager

  



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22.04.2008

Open 85 Alye Parusa is fighting her way to the finish in complicated headwinds conditions

Fedor Konyukhov: «Strong headwinds not allow to us to progress towards the finish at all. Both boat and I hate this kind of situation. Worse progresses from the start – 36 n/miles in 24 hours! Even in dead calm the boat with 16 ft draft was carried by current at 3 knots and we had 60 miles. Southern Ocean has decided to test us to very limit. The conditions are most unfavourable. The wind is shifting from N to E and them to South and back every 3-4 hours. Imagine the boat is gradually changing its COG from 110 to 180 in 2 hours. From 180 we tack, but wind waves prevent us from sailing N-E and we crawling to 010 COG

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Fedor Konyukhov: «Strong headwinds not allow to us to progress towards the finish at all. Both boat and I hate this kind of situation. Worse progresses from the start – 36 n/miles in 24 hours! Even in dead calm the boat with 16 ft draft was carried by current at 3 knots and we had 60 miles. Southern Ocean has decided to test us to very limit. The conditions are most unfavourable. The wind is shifting from N to E and them to South and back every 3-4 hours. Imagine the boat is gradually changing its COG from 110 to 180 in 2 hours. From 180 we tack, but wind waves prevent us from sailing N-E and we crawling to 010 COG. Sea state is complete mess. Looks like boiling water in the pot with W swell and E wind waves. Smooth long west swell is gone – I have foamy shampoo type water around the boat. Sunshine, 40 knots of head winds and barometer reads 1037!

As soon as I reported my ETA to Albany to my shore team and they booked their flights – the boat hit the wall and not moving. Do not say when you get there, until you get there (Russian proverb).   

The forecast is very bad: head winds for another 24 hours, light head winds followed by strong NE-N winds. Is there any justice in the world? Why do I need this test of endurance after I spent 3 months below 45 South? I consider my self as tolerant sailor who takes things easy, but with nearly empty gas bottle, limited provision, wet cloth from socks to hat, blue fingers as a result of cold and 87 day in alloy hull and freezing water of Southern Ocean –conditions far beyond from SPA treatment – I begging to lose my patience. It is become difficult to find motivation to stay focused and be happy. Even in these conditions there is no question why ocean throws all this, but only if made right decision and could I avoid these conditions by sailing Deep South few days ago. Any way, I can’t park the boat, get into the taxi and ride home – to get to finish I have to negotiate this weather pattern. Regards, Fedor 

Position: 46,5.12S , 74,45.21E
Speed: 6 knots, Course: 25 deg.
UTC Time: 22. April 2008 20:08

Forecast:  

Fedor’s wind should be clocking to SE for a time, before backing through E and NE as it weakens and becomes NNE and increases.  So I suggest that he try for some northing again as the wind clocks. As for the timing:  Fedor can start the northing as soon as he feels that the wind and seas will support a course that has some north in it, but avoids much westing.

Fedor should be able to climb back north of 47S before heading ESE again in freshening NNE wind, and might even get close to 46S. 

22/00Z: ESE 25-30

22/03: ESE 20-25

22/06: ESE/SE 20

22/12: SE 20

22/18: SE 10-15

23/00: ESE 5-10 becoming NE 5

23/06: NE 5 becoming NNE 15

23/12: NNE 15

23/18: NNE 25

24/00: N 35 gust 45

24/06: N 40 gust 50



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20.04.2008

2000 miles to finish.

Maxi yacht “Trading Network Alye Parusa” rounded Kerguelen Archipelago and less then 2.000 n/miles separates it from Albany – home port for Antarctica Cup event.Fedor Konyukhov: «Last night we rounded Kerguelen from North in quite comfortable conditions. I have built up plenty of room between dry land and the boat, so there were no unpleasant surprises. In fact this archipelago created smooth sea state to the north and S-W swell dropped down to 4-5 meters only. As huge breakwater it clamed the Southern Ocean and we benefit greatly. Good sailing conditions

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Maxi yacht “Trading Network Alye Parusa” rounded Kerguelen Archipelago and less then 2.000 n/miles separates it from Albany – home port for Antarctica Cup event.

Fedor Konyukhov: «Last night we rounded Kerguelen from North in quite comfortable conditions. I have built up plenty of room between dry land and the boat, so there were no unpleasant surprises. In fact this archipelago created smooth sea state to the north and S-W swell dropped down to 4-5 meters only. As huge breakwater it clamed the Southern Ocean and we benefit greatly. Good sailing conditions. That was the last Island on Antarctica Cup Race Track and next dry land is Western Australia.

The weather pattern ahead is complicated. Lee Bruce recommends S-E heading towards 49 S. Cold again! I was hoping that after Kergulene I will not sail below 47 South, but it seems we need to “dive deep South” one more time. All is fine on board good ship Alye Parusa. She is in great shape and rudder repairs holding perfectly, but with 2000 miles to go – anything may happen. I caught my self thinking about what I will do next this year, I have many plans – but at some moment I said – “Fedor – stop! It is not over yet and you are in the middle of the Southern Indian Ocean”. Back to work – the wind is shifting and easing. Another sleepless night ahead. Position: 46,54.36S и 71,48.8E.  Regards Fedor”.

Lee Bruce:

“Fedor did an excellent job of working to get over the north side of the shoaling—just in time to attack the next weather problem: headwinds. To avoid the worst of the headwinds means sailing into a section of light wind, and perhaps down to near 49S, so the choices aren’t great.  At times, Fedor will have to suffer through very light wind as he waits for the breeze to return.

The forecast assumes an average heading of 105-115T from 20/06Z to about 48 30 75 30E, before climbing N and NE again.



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