Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Russian first up for 14,600 mile Antarctica Race

The 360-degree Racetrack features gale force winds, high seas, fog, snow, icebergs, islands, extreme cold, the Antarctic circumpolar current, sailing above and below the southern Polar Convergence.

Trading Network Alye Parusa

Famous Russian sailor 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 National Maritime Museum 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.