Aug 11 (Bernama) -- Following is the chronology of Azhar's voyage:
Feb 2. - Dr Mahathir
flags off Azhar at the Awana Porto Malai.
Feb 4. - Off Sumatera
having covered 276 nautical miles.
Feb 5. - making
his first waypoint, turning down the west coast of Sumatra, heading towards
Feb 8. - crossed
Feb 9. - Encountered
his first hindrance when one of the three spinnakers onboard fell overboard
and had to be set loose. Completes 1,0006 nautical miles.
Feb 11. - celebrates
41st birthday in waters off Sumatra.
Feb.12. - cruises
between the Christmas Island and Cocos Island in the Indian Ocean.
Feb 13. Rough weather
- unable to e-mail his daily updates - bypassed the two islands. Closer
towards the next waypoint to Cape Leeuwin.
Feb 14. Bored at
sea, tunes to some music. Logged 1,702 nautical miles.
Feb 15.- Logged
1,859 nautical miles, 1,300 nautical miles more to Cape Leeuwin.
Feb.16 - Picks
up distress call from South Pacific yacht. Logged 1,992 nautical miles.
Feb 17.- Climbed
up 64-foot mast to check broken shackle. Logged 2,140 nautical miles.
Feb 18. - Zig zags
along the Western Australia coast to avoid northwards current.
Feb 19 - Carries
out routine daily maintenance work
Feb 20.- Worried
about underwater mountains. Rough night at sea.
Feb 25. - Established
radio contact with Australian-bound ship.Logged 2,865 nautical miles
Feb 26.- Fixed
clothes line inside Jalur Gemilang. Logged 3,097 nautical miles.
March 3 - Bypasses
Cape Leeuwin. Enters notorious Southern Ocean.
March 4.- Faces
strong winds. Logged 4,019 nautical miles.
March 5.- Rough
seas forced Azhar to hand-steer
March 6.- Faced
March 7.- Azhar
records the company of 10 baby sperm whales. Logged 4,705 nautical miles.
March 8 - Reaches
area off South Australia.
March 10. -Spends
some time cleaning up. About 1,000 nautical miles from Snares Islands.
March 14- Bypasses
South East Cape of Tasmania. Logged 5,535 nautical miles.
March 18- Battery
problem fouls up Jalur Gemilang. Forces Azhar to conserve power usage.
Logged 6,293 nautical miles.
March 19. - Bypassses
Snares Island. Heads for Cape Horn.
on cabin heater as temperature drops. Logged 6,723 nautical miles.
March 23.- Crosses
International DateLine at about 2.30 am. Malaysian time
March 24.- Completes
one third of his journey after logging more than 7,200 nautical miles.
March 28.- Celebrates
Hari Raya Aidil Adha at sea
March 29.- Loses
March 30.- Jalur
Gemilang almost capsizes due to gusts of winds up to 65 nots.
April 6. - Depends
on radar to go through the thick fog. Logged 9,622 nautical miles.
April 7. - Sends
quick recovery message to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad
who was hospitalised due to lung infection. Logs 9,872nm.
April 8. - Chalks
up 10,072 nautical miles.
April 9 - Progresses
closer to Cape Horn.
April 12 - Jalur
Gemilang mast broken due to foul weather.
April 16 - World
Sailing Speed Record Council reclassifies Azhar attempt "Round the world
single handed" as "Round the world, assisted stops, Eastbound".
April 18 - Azhar
becomes the first Malaysian to pass Cape Horn.
April 19 -- Azhar
was conferred the "Darjah Paduka Putra Jamalullail which carries the title
April 22 - First
press conference by Azhar using the Iridium Satelitte Handphone, 208 nautical
miles from the designated stopping point at Falklands.
April 23 -- Azhar's
feat has earned him a historic listing in the Malaysia Book of Records.
April 25 - Azhar
arrives at Port Stanley, the capital of Falklands, and receives warm welcome
from Falklands community.
April 28 - Azhar
gets good press in the Falklands.
May 3 - Azhar need
RMAF's help to transport yacht's mast.
May 4 - RMAF plane
to transport replacement mast for Jalur Gemilang.
May 6 - Repairs
on Jalur Gemilang begins.
May 11 - Jalur
Gemilang mast airlift attracts Tahitian media
May 12 - New mast
for Jalur Gemilang arrives in the Falklands
May 15 - The installation
of the replacement mast begins today.
May 21 - Azhar
disturbed by news about stranded Malaysians who delivered the new mast
for Jalur Gemilang.
May 26 - Azhar
resume his voyage back to Langkawi
May 26 - Dr Mahathir
congratulates RMAF crew on successful Falklands mission.
June 06 - Azhar
has to keep sharp lookout as JG's radar becomes dysfunctional.
June 7 - Azhar
passes Rio de Janeiro
June 08- Azhar
sails over Vitorio-Trindade seamount chain in waters off Brazil.
June 10 - Azhar
comes across some sharks off Brazil
June 13 - Azhar
passes his sixth waypoint, Fernando de Noronha.
June 14 - Azhar
heads towards South Africa
June 16 - Azhar
reports of hot weather as he heads towards the Cape of Good Hope.
June 18 - Azhar
spends some time making fresh water
June 27 - Azhar
repairs Jalur Gemilang steering wheel
June 28 - Azhar
enters cold area
June 29 - Azhar
gets report warning of gale
July 2 - Azhar
crosses Greenwich Meridien
July 5 - Rough
seas force Azhar to hand steer ocean racer
July 9 - Azhar
passes his last waypoint, Cape of Good Hope.
July 13 - Azhar
sails into unfriendly strong gale as he enters Indian Ocean.
July 15 - Azhar
praises Meteorological Services Department for furnishing him with daily
July 18 - Azhar
longing for home
July 20 - Azhar
hopes to reach home in the first week of August.
July 25 - Azhar
passes East of Rodriguez Island off Mauritius
July 26 - Azhar
receives distress alert about fishing vessel sank off Cape of Good Hope.
July 30 - Azhar
clocks fastest run
July 31 - slow
progress as Azhar is unable to use the main sail
Aug 2. - Elaborate
welcoming ceremony lined up for Azhar's arrival
Aug.5. - Azhar
crosses the Equator
Aug.6. - Azhar's
arrival rescheduled to Wednesday
Aug 9. - Azhar
passes Sabang in north Sumatra, the final turning point.
Aug. 11 - Historic
day for Malaysia as Azhar crosses the finishing line between the Star Cruise
jetty coastal area and Pulau Intan Besar to become the first ever person
to circumanavigate the globe on a new East-West-East route and the first
Malaysian to sail solo around the world. -- BERNAMA