Fedor Konyukhov
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12.01.2008

Fedor Konyukhov sailed to Albany, Western Australia on 12th of January 2008

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

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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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23.12.2007

1 week at sea.

Sailed 1250 miles. Today we will round first group of Islands: Prince Edward. Next Islands are: Crozet. Subject to forecast we will leave them to port or to stbd. Stbd looks better, as it will keep us on 44@@apos@@30 South - Great Circle and not too deep South (Albany is on 35 South), but there is a High Pressure moving in and Lee Bruce (weather router) suggested more southerly heading (to round Crozet on 47 South). Waiting for the update on the High Pressure progress. Right now it we have wet fog, visibility 100 meters. Wind 25-30 knots from North and swell from N-E.     Position: 43,29.28S , 37,15.24E

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Sailed 1250 miles. Today we will round first group of Islands: Prince Edward. Next Islands are: Crozet. Subject to forecast we will leave them to port or to stbd. Stbd looks better, as it will keep us on 44@@apos@@30 South - Great Circle and not too deep South (Albany is on 35 South), but there is a High Pressure moving in and Lee Bruce (weather router) suggested more southerly heading (to round Crozet on 47 South). Waiting for the update on the High Pressure progress. Right now it we have wet fog, visibility 100 meters. Wind 25-30 knots from North and swell from N-E.     
Position: 43,29.28S , 37,15.24E



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20.12.2007

Trading Network «Alye Parusa» entered \"Roaring Forties\"

20.12 Yacht TNAP at 10-00 GMT entered "Roaring Forties" and continue on the port tack at 125T heading. This is our 4 day at sea, the wind still from E-S-E, although should become North (10 knts) by this evening. According to GPS we sailed 700 miles from the start, 4000 miles to go to Albany. 600 miles ahead PrinceEdwardIslands, we plan to stay above these Islands. It is still warm, have seen many whales, and albatross constantly following our boat.Position: 40,4.44S , 27,47.64EFedor and Oscar

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20.12 Yacht TNAP at 10-00 GMT entered "Roaring Forties" and continue on the port tack at 125T heading. This is our 4 day at sea, the wind still from E-S-E, although should become North (10 knts) by this evening. According to GPS we sailed 700 miles from the start, 4000 miles to go to Albany. 600 miles ahead PrinceEdwardIslands, we plan to stay above these Islands. It is still warm, have seen many whales, and albatross constantly following our boat.
Position: 40,4.44S , 27,47.64E
Fedor and Oscar 



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18.12.2007

Trading Network «Alye Parusa » left Cape Town

Left CT 16 December at 14-00. Sailed 180 miles fighting two currents: Benguela Current (cold), Agulhas Current (warm). The flow against us at 4 knots. Same day rounded Cape of Good Hope and this morning crossed 20E and entered Indian Ocean. The wind is from S-S-E at 25+ knots. Fedor and Oscar

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Left CT 16 December at 14-00. Sailed 180 miles fighting two currents: Benguela Current (cold), Agulhas Current (warm). The flow against us at 4 knots. Same day rounded Cape of Good Hope and this morning crossed 20E and entered Indian Ocean. The wind is from S-S-E at 25+ knots. Fedor and Oscar



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02.12.2007

Stop-over in Cape Town

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19.11.2007

First storm for Alye Parusa in the Southern Atlantic

These 24 hours are particularly difficult one. With 35-40 knots of headwinds from SS-E and 5 meters waves moving from the same direction. In the audio session Fedor reported that boat is climbing 5 meters waves and sailing under storm sails. To reduce the stress on the boat and rig he had to bear away for 6 hours with the task to stay on 180T heading which is very difficult in SS-E gale force winds and boat breaking waves

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These 24 hours are particularly difficult one. With 35-40 knots of headwinds from SS-E and 5 meters waves moving from the same direction. In the audio session Fedor reported that boat is climbing 5 meters waves and sailing under storm sails. To reduce the stress on the boat and rig he had to bear away for 6 hours with the task to stay on 180T heading which is very difficult in SS-E gale force winds and boat breaking waves.
The forecast from Lee:
"First test of poor weather for Fedor is coming with strong SE wind approaching, behind an old front.  Suggest heading 160-190T based on best combination of speed, comfort, and safety.
18/00Z:  SE 25kt gust 32kt
18/06Z:  ESE 25-30kt gust 40kt

Waves build to 4.5m, occasional 5.5m in the strong SE and ESE wind”.

Fedor: “It was stormy day today with some nasty gusts and heavy rain. Head waves are my main problem as they prevent my boat to sail S-E. We are 21 ft wide (the hull) and up wind is not the best conditions for us. It will be perfect conditions for 130T wind angle for the boat, but instead we are 030T onto the wind. This weather pattern is a reminder that Southern Ocean is close and we are 900 miles away from Roaring Forties. So far so good and wind start to move to E, which will allow him more S-E heading. The main is full of fresh water – it may be 300 litres of water. This it the only good thing about weather we had today – I can fill in my fresh water tanks. Fedor”.  



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01.11.2007

Battle in the Doldrums

Fedor and his Open 85 yacht “Trading Network Alye Parusa” is sailing across the Doldrums area in very unstable weather system with rapid gusts 35+ knots, heavy rain. The air is very thick and humid. The system is moving west bringing more S-S winds for Fedor. According to the forecast – Doldrums at this particular time are wide (500 miles). Sails handling is quite difficult as winds vary from 05 knots to gale force. Obvious intention is to get out of this area as soon as possible but Fedor must be careful not to overpower his 110 ft mast with extra sails. To take a reef on 220 sq.m main sail is not one minute job for single-handed sailor

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Fedor and his Open 85 yacht “Trading Network Alye Parusa” is sailing across the Doldrums area in very unstable weather system with rapid gusts 35+ knots, heavy rain. The air is very thick and humid. The system is moving west bringing more S-S winds for Fedor. According to the forecast – Doldrums at this particular time are wide (500 miles). Sails handling is quite difficult as winds vary from 05 knots to gale force. Obvious intention is to get out of this area as soon as possible but Fedor must be careful not to overpower his 110 ft mast with extra sails. To take a reef on 220 sq.m main sail is not one minute job for single-handed sailor. Hope Fedor will have enough patience to cross the Doldrums safely.  

Here is detailed report from project weather router Lee Bruce:

“Fedor is crossing the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), which is often referred to as the "Doldrums" because there often are pockets of light wind across this region, and sailors sometimes are stopped completely, until enough wind arrives to move them again.  The ITCZ is the boundary where the northeast and southeast trade winds meet.  This convergence of air produces upward motion in the atmosphere, and the hot, moist conditions result in widespread squalls and thunderstorms (shown as bright white areas on this photo). The satellite photo above was taken at 1215UTC on 3 November, with Fedor just approaching 10N.  A band of squalls is nearby, and that is causing Fedor@@apos@@s wind to be highly variable in direction and speed.  Wind speed can vary from near zero, to gale strength (35kt or higher) in a brief period. And wind direction can swing wildly.

This photo also shows a narrow band of squalls near 3-4N latitude (I marked the band with a dashed black line).  That band of squalls marks the shift to southeast trade winds, so you can see that Fedor has many miles to cover before he is out of the Doldrums.  The wind shift line does drift north and south over time, and the forecast has that shift line moving north over the next few days.  So, perhaps Fedor will find the southeast trade winds before he reaches 3N. 

This map displays wind speed and direction as measured by the satellite-based QuikSCAT sensor.  I marked Fedor@@apos@@s position as of the time of this data (2 Nov, 2000UTC; Fedor was just north of 11N at the time). 

The QuikSCAT works like a radar, by sending a signal to Earth and then measuring the returned signal after it has been affected by the roughness of the ocean (more wind means more waves and spray, which means less signal returned).  In areas of heavy rain, the signal gets affected so much that the data are not reliable, and can result in errors like too much wind speed being registered.  The system marks those questionable winds as black wind barbs so that we know not to trust the data too much.  The benefit is that we get to see where the heavy rain is, without looking at a separate weather satellite photo.

Fedor will have to stay alert for wind shifts while he crosses the Doldrums.  And when the wind is very light, he has to be careful not to use too much sail, because he may not have time to reduce sail before a big gust of wind.  The air is hot and humid, so this region is very uncomfortable.  About the only good thing is that African dust that collected on the boat on the way south will be washed away by the rain!

Lee”

 



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27.10.2007

First 2 weeks at sea

Fedor Konyukhov left Falmouth on 12th of October and by Friday 26th of October passed all major land marks on his route to south: English Channel, Bay of Biscay, CapeFenister, MaderaIslands and Canary Islands

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Fedor Konyukhov left Falmouth on 12th of October and by Friday 26th of October passed all major land marks on his route to south: English Channel, Bay of Biscay, CapeFenister, MaderaIslands and Canary Islands. With Cape VerdeIslands left before The Equator – the boat is now getting some speed.

The first 10 days had very little wind with typical forecast from weather router Lee Bruce looked like this:

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23 Oct 1340Z

Wind should become E to ENE 4-8kt later today.

24/12Z:  NE 3-6kt, backing to NNW 5-10kt

24 Oct 1330Z

Light wind continues, mostly from the N.  Need to stay with course that stays E of line to 28N 20W, to avoid lighter wind.

25/00Z:  NNW to NNE 5kt

Trade winds are being pushed south, to 20N by the 26th, so more days of light wind ahead.

Preferred heading is 170-200T for now.  May head more SW and W in a few days.

 Today:  NE 5-10kt, sometimes NNE

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For our 30 tons maxi-yacht “Trading Network Alye Parusa” 05-08 knots of northerly winds is definitely not enough, the True wind was 5-6 knots for more then a week. Despite light winds – Fedor enjoyed the first part from UK to Canary and now with a bit fresher wind the boat is heading S-W towards the Doldrums. 

The latest forecast suggested:

27 Oct 1315Z

28/12Z:  NE 15-20kt, becoming ENE 15-20kt

29/12Z:  ENE 15-20kt

Fedor is now well into the single-handed sailing routine with a main focus to catch up with his delivery schedule. Light winds put him behind the schedule – now sailing at Trade Winds it is best time to gain some miles.

The shore crew is leaving friendly Falmouth UK, where we kept our yacht during summer refit at Pendennis Shipyard and getting ready to move to Albany, Western Australia soon.



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12.10.2007

Fedor left Falmouth for Albany

12 October at 10:30 GMT, skipper Fedor Konyukhov on board his Open 85 maxi yacht “Trading Network Alye Parusa” left friendly Falmouth and now in the middle of the English channel. Weather on the start: cloudy, poor visibility, easterly breeze 0-5 knots, sea calm. At 13-00 GMT the yacht passed Lizard Point at 0.5 miles and we had one more chance to see 105 ft mast before it disappears over the horizon

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12 October at 10:30 GMT, skipper Fedor Konyukhov on board his Open 85 maxi yacht “Trading Network Alye Parusa” left friendly Falmouth and now in the middle of the English channel.

Weather on the start: cloudy, poor visibility, easterly breeze 0-5 knots, sea calm.

At 13-00 GMT the yacht passed Lizard Point at 0.5 miles and we had one more chance to see 105 ft mast before it disappears over the horizon.



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09.10.2007

Fedor Konyukhov sets sail from Falmouth UK to set solo non-stop record around Antarctica.

Fedor Konyukhov will set sail from Falmouth UK on Friday 12th October on a shake-down solo voyage to Albany, Western Australia in preparation for his attempt to become the first man to sail solo non-stop around Antarctica.The 56 year-old yachtsman and his 27 metre (88ft) yacht Trading Network Alye Parusa will set out from the NationalMaritimeMuseum dock at 10:00am. He will be sailing solo, non-stop and expects to complete the 12,500 mile voyage to the historic port of Albany by December. Fedor and his team have spent the past 3-months preparing his Open 85 yacht for the challenge ahead at Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth

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Fedor Konyukhov will set sail from Falmouth UK on Friday 12th October on a shake-down solo voyage to Albany, Western Australia in preparation for his attempt to become the first man to sail solo non-stop around Antarctica.

The 56 year-old yachtsman and his 27 metre (88ft) yacht Trading Network Alye Parusa will set out from the NationalMaritimeMuseum dock at 10:00am. He will be sailing solo, non-stop and expects to complete the 12,500 mile voyage to the historic port of Albany by December.

Fedor and his team have spent the past 3-months preparing his Open 85 yacht for the challenge ahead at Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth. The Russian adventurer, who has completed four previous global circumnavigations, plans to set out on the 14,600 mile Antarctica Cup Race Track in January and set a benchmark record as a prelude to the Antarctica Cup Race planned for 2009/10 to coincide with the Centenary celebrations of the Princess Royal Sailing Club in Albany.

The record attempt will be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) to provide a benchmark for others to beat. 

Bob Williams, the CEO of the Antarctica Cup Management said today:  We wish Fedor good speed and look forward to welcoming him in Albany. The extreme nature and historical significance of this record attempt will appeal to audiences way beyond normal ocean sailing events. His voyage Down-Under offers the best possible preparation and we will be monitoring Trading Network Alye Parusa@@apos@@s progress throughout the voyage and publishing weekly updates.

Aerial photography and video footage is available on a copyright free basis from PPL Photo Agency. Contact Emma Brenton on +44 (0)1243 555561 e.mail: ppl@mistral.co.uk

Media wishing to follow Fedor Konyukhov@@apos@@s departure should contact Oscar Konyukhov: +44 (0)7833 537449.e.mail: oscar@yachtagency.ru

Places on the press boat are restricted and will be allocated on a pre-booked basis only.

For further information and interviews, Contact: Bob Williams, Chairman – Antarctica Cup Management Pty Ltd rwilliams@antarcticacup.com

www.antarcticacup.com



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