Famous Russian sailor Fedor Konyukhov is currently in Falmouth in Cornwall preparing for his world record breaking attempt to circumnavigate Antarctica.
Konyukhov aims to become the first person to sail solo around Antarctica. Starting in January 2008 from Albany, Western Australia, the 56 year-old yachtsman will endeavour to sail his 27 metre (88') yacht Trading Network Alye Parusa around the challenging 14,600 mile Antarctica Cup Race Track.
His intention is to claim the inaugural world record for sailing solo, non-stop, around Antarctica as a prelude to the Antarctica Cup Race planned for 2009/10 to coincide with the Centenary celebrations of the Princess Royal Sailing Club in Albany.
Fedor has already completed four global circumnavigations and crossed the Atlantic fourteen times, one of them in a rowing boat. His latest record attempt will be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) and provide a benchmark for others to beat.
Bob Williams, CEO of the Antarctica Cup Management, said: “The extreme sports nature and historical significance of Fedor's record attempt will appeal to audiences way beyond normal ocean sailing events.”