Fedor Konyukhov
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07.08.2007

Mast re-step on Trading Network Alye Parusa

On 07th August 2007 here at Pendennis Shipyard the 105 ft carbon mast was successfully re-stepped. This year the boat received a new set of PBO standing rig with titanium turnbuckles and cones. The PBO rig was produced by Navtec Europe and installed by rigging company Allspars Ltd.   In order to fit new PBO rig the spreader ends had to be modified and stratified. PBO rig gives us 70% weight saving over original Nitronic 50 rod. This will significantly improve the GZ stability of the boat. We expecting new 3DL set of sails from North Sails France by the end of the month and plan to have sea trials in September

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On 07th August 2007 here at Pendennis Shipyard the 105 ft carbon mast was successfully re-stepped. This year the boat received a new set of PBO standing rig with titanium turnbuckles and cones. The PBO rig was produced by Navtec Europe and installed by rigging company Allspars Ltd.  

In order to fit new PBO rig the spreader ends had to be modified and stratified. PBO rig gives us 70% weight saving over original Nitronic 50 rod. This will significantly improve the GZ stability of the boat.

We expecting new 3DL set of sails from North Sails France by the end of the month and plan to have sea trials in September. Open 85 Trading Network Alye Parusa is scheduled to leave Falmouth for Australia by the middle of October to take part in Antarctica Cup Race.



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08.07.2007

Work continue on board Alye Parusa

At the end of June we have received new Facnor furlers with new set of PBO inner cables. Facnor specialists had visited the boat in Falmouth and assembled the furlers, which now ready to go on the mast. Currently Pendennis Shipyard is changing D1 chain plates. Since we have new PBO set of standing rigging lighter but significantly bigger in sizes – therefore boat designed Alex Simonis suggested to increase the size of D1 chain-plates with some hull main frame reinforcement. Once new D1 are installed, the boat will be ready for mast step and tune by our rigging partner Allspars

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At the end of June we have received new Facnor furlers with new set of PBO inner cables. Facnor specialists had visited the boat in Falmouth and assembled the furlers, which now ready to go on the mast.

Currently Pendennis Shipyard is changing D1 chain plates. Since we have new PBO set of standing rigging lighter but significantly bigger in sizes - therefore boat designed Alex Simonis suggested to increase the size of D1 chain-plates with some hull main frame reinforcement.

Once new D1 are installed, the boat will be ready for mast step and tune by our rigging partner Allspars. 

 



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18.05.2007

Open 85 Alye Parusa is getting ready for Antarctica Cup Yacht Race

Maxi yacht “Trading Network Alye Paura” has been recently re-launched into the Dock 1 at Pendennis Shipyard Ltd in Falmouth, UK. This year our boat is getting ready for another ultimate challenge – Race around Antarctica. Since it is racing campaign we concentrated on the boat’s performance and main focus was placed on standing rigging and sails. The boat will receive: new set of PBO standing rigging. Original standing rigging was made of stainless steel rod which very heavy and handicapped boat’s performance in light conditions

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Maxi yacht “Trading Network Alye Paura” has been recently re-launched into the Dock 1 at Pendennis Shipyard Ltd in Falmouth, UK. This year our boat is getting ready for another ultimate challenge – Race around Antarctica. Since it is racing campaign we concentrated on the boat’s performance and main focus was placed on standing rigging and sails. The boat will receive: new set of PBO standing rigging. Original standing rigging was made of stainless steel rod which very heavy and handicapped boat’s performance in light conditions. In order to fit new PBO shrouds onto existing mast we had to replace old steel tip-cups for pin to pin fixation and modify spreader ends. All rigging modifications were done by our rigging partner Plymouth based company Allspars under the close supervision of Navtec North Europe. 

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France

This year we decided not to use B&G hydraulic pilot which performed not satisfactory during previous round the world campaign. Although B&G provided us with biggest pump they produce and heavy-duty ram - still it was not enough keep the boat on course in heavy weather conditions. This year we went for Wills Ridley Hydraulic Autopilot Steering system which often use on mega yachts and fisherman trawlers.

FalmouthBay

The plan is to depart from UK to Australia in the middle of October 2007. She will be delivered from Falmouth to Australia, rather then shipped.  

This is our 4th season at Pendennis Shipyard and we are enjoying benefits of fast developing shipyard with new facilities: two 75m dry docks, a new three story building containing workshops and storage, two new concrete piers to accommodate a 400 tonne travel hoist. PSY had appointed new project manager to run our boat refit campaign - Mr. Roeland Vroon to make sure we get to the starting line on time and fully prepared. Roeland is a profession sailor and with the attitude “treat your boat like I would prepare my own boat” we feel very secure. This is what we like about Pendennis Shipyard and that is why we are coming back. 



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17.05.2007

TransGreenland dog sled expedition completed

17th of May 2007 Fedor Konyukhov together with Greenland Inuit Hans Aronsen finished unsupported dog sled expedition from east coast (Isortoq) to west coast (Ilulissat) of Greenland in record time of 15 days and 22 hours. Expedition covered more then 750 km across the Greenland Ice Cap. The descent from 2000 meters alongside Ilulissat glacier to the sea level was done in less then 3 days (230 km)

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17th of May 2007 Fedor Konyukhov together with Greenland Inuit Hans Aronsen finished unsupported dog sled expedition from east coast (Isortoq) to west coast (Ilulissat) of Greenland in record time of 15 days and 22 hours. Expedition covered more then 750 km across the Greenland Ice Cap. The descent from 2000 meters alongside Ilulissat glacier to the sea level was done in less then 3 days (230 km). The final stretch from the bottom of the Ice Cap to Ilulissat was the most difficult part of the journey as both teams had to cross rivers of melting water, open sea water on the fiord, rocky passes, hundreds of meters of last year grass without any snow at all. Tired but happy Fedor and Hans accompanied by many locals entered Ilulissat, where they were greeted by almost all population of the town and Mayor.

Fedor and Hans very pleased with the way they managed this joint project on the Ice Cap, but also Fedor admit that all successful expedition prepares ashore. Fedor Konyukhov: “We had very successful and dynamic crossing because this project was organized and managed in very professional way from the beginning. Originally we made a right move to ask Matt Spenceley and Jon Russill from Greenland Expedition Specialists (GES) to organize all the logistic for us. They did excellent job and it is my recommendation to any one who wants to cross Greenland Ice Cap to work with this company.

On the Ice Cap I have enjoyed every day of the expedition with my good friend Hans Aronsen – professional hunter and outfitter. We both understand the routine in long polar expeditions and therefore did not experience any difficulties even if we speak different languages. Special thanks to Klaus Nordvig Andersen from World of Greenland branch in Ilulissat who provided me with very fit and strong dogs for my team. And with financial support of my long time partner – ModernAcademy for the Humanities – this project from dream become a reality. This year we are celebrating 10 years of cooperation with MAH and our joint projects includes: Around Alone Yacht Race 1998, Vendee Globe Yacht Race 2000 ( both on board Open 60 boat), Iditarod Dog sled race 2000, The Great Silky Way camel expedition 2002, Ice boat trails in Greenland in 2006 and other joint non-expedition projects”.

First Russian-Inuit Expedition dog sled expedition was conducted during International Polar Year (started on 01 of March 2007). Inspired by successful expedition Fedor Konyukhov at the finish line in Ilulissat announced new long term dog sled expedition with the purpose to visit all 4 Inuit societies in Arctic region: Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Russia (Chukotka). First leg from Ilulissat to Thule is planed fore next season.

In 1921-1924 Greenlandic explorer Knud Rasmussen went all the way from Greenland to Alaska, but was banned by Soviet Union authorities to enter Chukotka.       

This new project will be organized in cooperation with Danish Polar Centre (Copenhagen). Since the expedition starts from Greenland we would like to ask and invite HRH Crown Prince Frederik to become a Patron of the expedition from Danish side and the Governor of Chukotka – Roman Abramovich to become a Patron of the expedition from the Russian side.  

 



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12.05.2007

Expedition begins to descent from the Greenland Ice Cap

11 of May Fedor reported that they are 250 km from Ilulissat and going downhill from the Ice Cap. The decrease in altitude is about 250 meters per day. It is still below – 20 оC on the Ice Cap and windy. Their ETA to west coast – 17 th of May 2007

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11 of May Fedor reported that they are 250 km from Ilulissat and going downhill from the Ice Cap. The decrease in altitude is about 250 meters per day. It is still below – 20 оC on the Ice Cap and windy. Their ETA to west coast – 17 th of May 2007  



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10.05.2007

Half way across the Ice Cap!

Message from Fedor Konyukhov: “According to our GPS position we are in the middle of the Greenland Ice Cap which is more or less half way of our journey. Hans and I are quite happy with the progress of our dog teams. We are averaging 55 km per day. I am getting very well with my 9 dogs; they are very smart, strong and have plenty of stamina. I would like to thank my friend Klaus Andersen – whose dogs I am running now across the Ice Cap of Greenland. Klaus is a citizen of Denmark who is working on the west coast of Greenland (Ilullissat) in outdoor tourism field

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Message from Fedor Konyukhov: “According to our GPS position we are in the middle of the Greenland Ice Cap which is more or less half way of our journey. Hans and I are quite happy with the progress of our dog teams. We are averaging 55 km per day. I am getting very well with my 9 dogs; they are very smart, strong and have plenty of stamina. I would like to thank my friend Klaus Andersen – whose dogs I am running now across the Ice Cap of Greenland.

Klaus is a citizen of Denmark who is working on the west coast of Greenland (Ilullissat) in outdoor tourism field. He raised this dog team from puppies and already completed the Ice Cap crossing. I promised Klaus that I will take good care of his dogs and do my best. My favorite dog is Buizi (female leader). In fact she is the mother of almost all young dogs in my team. Today we were the leading team, running ahead of Hans’s team. I am in good control of the dogs and feel quite confident.

Foto: Fedor, Klaus and Hans discussing the trip across the Greenland Ice Cap

 It is quite cold during the night – 35, the sun is not clear, but covered in haze and we have some stable wind – the chill factor is really there.  

We consider that we have another 7 days to go, subject to weather conditions. The plan is that Hans’s brother Jorgen Kristensen together with Klaus, Oscar and Vladimir will climb up towards us 30 km and make a camp. Once we get their Camp coordinates we will drive directly to them, that mean - the final stretch we will be accompanied by our support team”.

Position: 09 May 2007

67’50 N and 43’53W

Alt: 2350 м

Meanwhile Oscar Konyukhov (project manager) and Vladimir Zaytsev (camera man) flew over the Ice Cap from east to west and arrived to the Capital of Greenland (Nuk) and now waiting for the flight to Ilulissat – the finish point of the expedition. 



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