Day 63, Friday November 27, 1998

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Fedor Konioukhov Foto Billy Black

Fedor Konioukhov crossed the finish line just half a day before a noon deadline on Saturday would have disqualified him from the rest of the race. He had bad luck till the very end, as he drifted windless about 10 miles from finish line for over eight hours.

BezvetriKladka.jpg (23338 bytes) Foto Richard Konkolski
Almost four hours before he actually crossed the line, race officials and press went out to greet him by they could not find the 60 foot boat and turned back. Konioukhov spotted them and was disappointed to see them leave. When he finally arrived, it was already Saturday morning. He was the last competitor to come to Cape Town in this race.

MSKonioukhov1.jpg (12458 bytes) Fedor Konioukhov Foto Marek Slodownik
He spent 62 days, 7 hours, 20 minutes and 14 seconds at sea. He placed sixth in Class I. His time for the leg was slow. His 60-foot boat was designed by Nandor Fa and took part in 1990-91 BOC Challenge. Nandor Fa did the first leg in 44 days and 15 hours. But Koniokhov himself had said that he is not a racer.

BBKonioukhovwWifeDeck.jpg (29201 bytes) Konioukhov with his wife Foto billy Black

The 46-year-old adventurer from Moscow had already stood at the top of Mt. Everest, skied to the North and South Poles, and sailed nonstop single-handedly around the world. During his qualifying sail, he spent three days lashed to the cockpit with 100-knot winds when Hurricane Danielle caught him. The race officials were worried about his participation in the rest of the race but he was determined to finish.

BBKonioukhovwWifePortretDeck.jpg (27694 bytes) Fedor Konioukhov Foto Billy Black
Early in the race he had problems with his water-ballast system and he could not sail close to the wind. He made a very slow progress in the Doldrums. When he finally got south of the equator, leaky keel bolts forced him to manually pump each hour for the rest of his trip to Cape Town. Problems with his electronic self-steering gear were required that he steer by hand most of the time. He also hit a whale.

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Foto Richard Konkolski

Positions:

Class 1

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Golding

Team Group 4

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

2

Autissier

PRB

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

3

Thiercelin

Somewhere

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

4

Hall

PRB

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

5

Soldini

Fila

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

6

Konioukhov

Mod Univ Human

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

7

Reidl

Project Amazon

Retired

0

0

0

0

0

Class 2

Place

Skiper

Boat

Latitude

Longitude

Dist. to go

Speed

Dist. to first

Time

1

Mouligne

Cray Valley

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

2

Garside

Magellan Alpha

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

3

Van Liew

Balance Bar

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

4

Stricker

Rapscallion III

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

5

Yazykov

Wind of Change

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

6

Petersen

No Barriers

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

7

Saito

Shuten-dohji II

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

8

Davie

South Caroline

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

9

Hunter

Paladin II

Cape

Town

0

0

0

0

Copyright Richard Konkolski
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