News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Fedor becalmed: Surrounded by sea of ice

Fedor becalmed: Surrounded by sea of ice

'Fedor Konyukhov becalmed in a sea of ice'    Click Here to view large photo
Day 61. He has endured hurricane force winds, freezing conditions, the threat of icebergs and mountainous seas. But today, Fedor Konyuhhov is pleasantly surprised to find himself almost totally becalmed in the Roaring Forty latitudes of the South Atlantic, mid way between Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope.

The 56 year old Russian adventurer who is pioneering a circumnavigation of Antarctica over the circular Antarctica Cup Racetrack, reported:

'We are in the centre of a High Pressure system, the wind is down to 5-10 knots and the barometer has jumped to 1034 Mb – the highest it has been since starting this Challenge 2 months ago!

The day is absolutely gorgeous; azure blue skies; sunshine; clear and frosty air; 1-2 meter waves - All very unusual for this region. I spent all day on deck. It was a perfect day to inspect the boat and deck hardware - all is in good working order. The rudder tiller (repaired a week ago) is holding firmly and looks solid. I'm very proud of my repairs. I ran the watermaker for several hours and managed to produce 200 litres of fresh water. This will be enough for several weeks, perhaps even to get to the finish in Albany.

I even had a school of dolphins followed the boat for several hours to make this a great day to remember. This was romantic sailing at its best – just what many people expect sailing on the yacht to be. I know differently. In no time, a wet blanket will be thrown over the boat once more and freezing cold conditions will return.

According to the forecast things will get back to 'normal' in 18 hours:
28th March 08/1200 UTC: WNW 20-25 knots
08/1800 UTC: NNW 30-35, gusting 50 knots; squalls
29th March 08/0000 UTC: WSW 35-40, gusting 50 knots.

I hope the weather coming will refute this data. I really would like to stop this day and live it again.'

by Robert Williams


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

12:52 AM Sat 29 Mar 2008 GMT

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

News - USA and the World

Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,

470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,

AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow   
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1   
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix   
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team   
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session   

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  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





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.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT