Russian circumnavigator Konyukhov sets inaugural record for Antarctica Cup Ocean Race 7/5/08

Having finally turned his back on the Roaring Forty and Furious Fifty latitudes, the 56 year old adventurer was sweating to make more than 4 knots in the light head winds yesterday – produced by the high pressure system currently hanging over Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia – before crossing the finish line set inside King George Sound. His elapsed time was 102 Days 0 Hours, 56 Minutes 50 Seconds.

“Here in Albany the wind is blowing only 5-8 knots, so it [was] hard to work out Fedor’s ETA with any accuracy,” said shore manager Oscar Konyukhov.

The press boat Silverstar left Albany Town Jetty at 08:00 WST to greet Fedor Konyukhov off Eclipse Island, and follow his yacht Trading Network Alye Perusa to the Antarctica Cup Ocean Race finish line inside King George Sound.

Fedor attended a press conference aboard Silverstar where he received the Antarctica Cup Perpetual Trophy and the City of Albany medal (see above).

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