Yazykov would put his fresh sailing and building experiences to good use. In Newport, he formed a friendship with local sailor Bob Adams, who also yearned for solo offshore adventures. Together, the two hatched a scheme to constuct a pair of identical 40-footers for the 1998-99 Around Alone race. Because Yazykov had some talented buddies who, by Western standards, worked cheap, they decided to set up shop in Russia. But the plan would produce mixed results. The radical canting-keel sloops, designed by Yazykov and Adams in collaboration with naval architect Steve Baker, were ultimately terrific little boats finished to a high, professional standard. But they took longer to build than planned. And, due to travel and the cost of shipping gear and materials to Russia, they were more expensive, too. "It was like that old saying about going broke saving money," said Deveau.