sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Strong headwinds and more icebergs for Konyukhov

Strong headwinds and more icebergs for Konyukhov

Day 65: 30 more large icebergs have been located within the outside lane of the Antarctica Cup Racetrack by the latest satellite sweep across the South Atlantic Ocean – just where Russian Adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is heading towards on this trailblazing record attempt around Antarctica.

C-CORE, the Canadian iceberg tracking agency, which is providing this information in this little used section of the ocean specifically for the Antarctica Cup Ocean Race organisers, report the nearest to be located at 45°32’S, 10°67’E with more icebergs 90 nautical miles further south. Fedor, who has been facing 40-55knot NNE head winds for the past two days, which have forced him further south, asked: 'If these are confirmed, how many more unconfirmed icebergs are there. Is this a bad joke? If not, then these head winds have come just at the wrong time.'

Early today, the 56-year-old Russian sailor reported from his 85ft yacht Trading Network Alye Parusa 'The last 24 hours were extreme in many ways. First we had up to 55 knots of head winds that pushed the boat down to 46° South. The seas built up significantly and my ‘dry boat’ had plenty of water on deck and in the cockpit. I furled in the staysail and brought the boat as close on the wind as possible, but still we were heading SE on 135°-140° - straight towards the iceberg location!

Then, later in the morning the wind dropped from 50 to 10 knots and I thought I would get seasick. The waves were chaotic, bumping and crashing onto the boat. I wasted time trying to put some sails up, but with this big swell and light winds we were not moving. The top of the mast was flying 10m from one side to another. Balancing on deck was like being in circus arena. It was pure frustration.

I have still to cross the Greenwich Meridian! I thought I would be in the Eastern Hemisphere 2 days ago but once again the oceans have brought some corrections to my schedule.

If this was not enough, a massive humpback whale suddenly surfaced 15 meters from the side of the boat emitting a terrifying sound and splash. If that had been at the night – someone could have had a heart attack! I’ve been beaten by 50+ knot head winds, monstrous waves, have the constant threat of icebergs - and finally this giant mammal is rubbing shoulders alongside my boat. That is enough for one day!'

Surprisingly, Fedor has found that he is not alone in this usually barren sector of the South Altantic Ocean. Two British adventurers, Rob Gauntlett and James Hooper are sailing across the same waters with a 7-man crew as part of a marathon 22,000-mile man-powered journey between the North and South Magnetic Poles. Sailing aboard the schooner Blizzard, the left Stanley in the Falkland Islands on March 3, bound for the South magnetic Pole and Sydney, Australia. Charting a course along the 48°S latitude, they crossed the Greenwich Meridian on March 17, having sailed right through the centre of ‘iceberg alley’. Miraculously, they did not spot their first berg until close to the Prime Meridian, despite satellite data indicating over 2,500 large icebergs scattered across this section of the South Atlantic.

Fedor, who has already been to both North and South Poles, shares another accomplishment with these British adventurers, having also climbed Mount Everest.

Now they are sharing iceberg sightings. You can follow Blizzard’s story on www.180degrees.co.uk

Dateline: 23:15:00 UTC 31. 03. 08
Position: 46°25.20'S 4°27.66'W Course: 95° Speed: 7.9knots Distance run since start: 10444.2 nm




by Robert Williams

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=43156

11:01 AM Tue 1 Apr 2008 GMT






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

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

18 Jun 2013  Sail the Northwest Passage on your iPad
17 Jun 2012  IRC National Championship - Ballistic conditions on Day 2 + Video
28 Mar 2012  Solo Offshore Racing - Truant wins first race
19 Jun 2011  Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series overall
08 Apr 2011  Audi Sydney to Newcastle images by Andrea Francolini
06 Apr 2011  RORC Easter Challenge ­- A golden opportunity for sailors
26 Feb 2011  RORC Caribbean 600 coming of age
14 Nov 2010  OPA Offshore Racing Series 2010 - Versus to broadcast series
15 Oct 2009  Rolex Middle Sea warm up Race
21 Jun 2009  Spain's Calima - Javier Pujol winner of the Giraglia Race
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland








America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
























Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England




























2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind emerges into the sunlight   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Team SCA with the   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Azzam and Team Campos   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Twist of fate on day 5   
Mallorca’s Puerto Portals to host the 2015 TP52 World Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board with Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain with on board with Team Dongfeng   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Teams ready for action   
USA Match Racing Grand Slam Series - Kicks off in Chicago   
U.S. Youth Championships - Climactic finish on Lake St. Clair   
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games - Lake Jinniu action on the horizon   


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