For the 1989-1990 Whitbread, the average syndicate's budget was about $5 million. Puny by today's standards. Team Russia's backer, Oleg Zherebtsov, has reportedly put well over $20 million into the project. Starting the Fazisi campaign, my financial aspirations were lower, way lower. Economic turmoil in the Soviet Union presented us with a real adventure. Prices in the country were low and kept falling, enabling us to launch our campaign for just a fraction of the others' costs. Initially, I developed two budget numbers, a minimal and an optimal. The minimal was well below $1 million, just enough to built and outfit the boat, buy a few sails and basic deck hardware. The optimal budget counted on large corporate sponsorship and would included full sail inventory, an onboard navigational computer, and a spare mast on standby. I also wanted to establish some bonus pay for the crew, especially if they performed well in the race. We had heard about professional sailors in the West who earned astronomical fees. Wouldn't it be great for our crew to become rich and famous after we won the race? My dream budget was $3 million.