sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Ukrainian yacht crew in Antarctic record - and more to come
Ukrainian yacht crew in Antarctic record - and more to come

'Scorpius, heading for more records in 30 months'    .

Ukrainian-Russian crew aboard sailing yacht Scorpius has claimed to set a new world record in sailing farther south into the Ross Sea, west Antarctica, than any other boat has gone. The 30 meters (98 ft) Scorpius has become the first yacht to reach 77 degrees south latitude, according to Ukraine News Agency UNIAN.

The Scorpius set sail on September 25, 2011, from Ukraine's Sevastopol sea port. It has taken them almost six months to reach the rarely navigated Ross Sea in the Antarctica.

From the Ross Sea the yacht will now be headed towards Ukrainian Akademik Vernadskyy Antarctic station. The yacht is expected to reach Vernadskyy station in a week's time, sailing for some two thousand miles.

But that's not all. Reaching 77 degrees south latitude was the first in the series of records Scorpius' crew of eight (four Ukrainians and four Russians) have in mind, explained the yacht's captain Sergey Nizovtsev.

Another record to be set is sailing around Antarctica south of the 60th degree and around the North Pole at around 65-70 degrees - within one Polar Year!

The yacht crew plans to sail for 30 continuous months, setting a record in the duration of sailing, covering the total distance of 70,000 nautical miles. The length of the route would become the fourth record of the crew. They have no plans to return to land before sailing through all the five oceans.

Sergei Nizovtsev, owner and skipper of Scorpious, during their stop in Hobart -  .. .  
On its way to the South Pole Scorpius suffered through a hurricane, which caused the vessel a lot of damage. The crew had to stop in Tasmania for repairs. This also proved lucky as they were able to refuel and restock food and drinking water supplies before continuing on their route towards Antarctica.

'After the hurricane, the miraculously survived yacht with torn sails was left with almost no navigational aids and communications. In Tasmania for two weeks the crew replaced the sails, put a new antenna ‘Iridium’ and overhauled most of the units,' said Serhii Savenkov, the First Vice-Governor of Aqyar, citing the captain of the yacht Serhii Nizovtsev.

As they persevered southwards and the drifting ice blocks became more frequent the crew had no other choice but to push them away with long boat hooks. Nizovtsev, nevertheless, expressed hope that in a couple of days there would be less ice on the way, and the yacht would finish its South Pole leg of the route without further trouble.

Letter received from reader:

Sender: Rohan Veal

Message: I think this guy might find that Steve Coakley (USA) went as far south as 77 degrees & 50 minutes on a Moth, in the McMurdo Sound - 5 Feb 1965.

A photo of the Moth, designed by Hal Wagstaff and built by his brother Gary in Wellington NZ, hangs even today in the Antartic base at McMurdo Sound.


by Sail-World Cruising round-up

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=95203

9:39 PM Fri 23 Mar 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Adventure Sailing

Related News Stories:

04 Sep 2012  Interview with Laura Dekker on arrival in New Zealand
02 Sep 2012  Youngest ever solo circumavigator sails into new home New Zealand
31 Aug 2012  Belzebub II breaks record in the Northwest Passage
17 Aug 2012  Sailor celebrates Northwest Passage transit, offers advice
14 Aug 2012  So far so good - Hallberg-Rassy's new route in Northwest Passage
13 Aug 2012  16-year-old circumnavigator on last leg to birth country New Zealand
06 Aug 2012  Sea ice in the Arctic- good for sailing boats, bad for the environment
30 Jul 2012  70-year-old woman about to complete solo 'Five Cape' circumnavigation
17 Jul 2012  Youngest and fastest around Britain - Ludo, 'My Hero!'
11 Jul 2012  Ludo Bennett-Jones UK circumnavigation- rudder snapped but almost home
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


























2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii






































Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario   
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events   
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 3   
Sailing through STEM Night at California YC   
Six Metre European Championship - High temps and little wind on day 3   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes   
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Unsatisfactory conditions on day 4   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1   
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac   
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video   
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up   
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany   
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2   
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23   
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT