Fedor Konyukhov crossed first gate alongside Antarctica Cup Race Track
Fedor crossed Gate 1 -
Radio Sched Evening 03 February 08 via Iridium Sat Phone
«All is well on board Alye Parusa. Today we crossed the first Gate on the Antarctica Cup Race Track – it is named after French navigator
It is very dark here on the 47 South. I even had to keep the light on in my nav. station during the day. There are several layers of clouds and some black clouds so low that they catching the top of my 110 ft mast. So there is no chance for the sun to break thought this blanket. Plenty of squalls and although wind is not strong, but it is very difficult to handle the sails when wind jumps from 12 knots to 25 and back to 10-12 knots. I have not seen stable wind flow from the start. One of good news - today we have calm seas, not like that day before when we climbed massive swell from S-S-E (from the direction the boat was going). It is getting cold and I don’t have thermometer on board, but on the galley I have sea water pump to wash things – today I hardly manage to wash plate and pot before my hands become very cold. My aluminum boat does not have any insulation and obviously there is not heater on board. So when I am very cold a winch grinder is the best exercise to warm up. Run watermaker for 30 minutes. It is working slowly and under pressure. Water is cold and salinity is very high. Have not seen any wild life, just empty Ocean, or maybe I have not look around properly. That was a typical day here in the Southern Ocean and there will be many days like this. This is part of life here and you accept all that Nature brings.