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Russian traveller Konyukhov crosses Pacific under scorching sun

January 20, 2014, 18:04 UTC+3 VLADIVOSTOK
It has been a month since Konyukhov sailed off the Chilean coast on December 22, 2013 in a hope to cross the Pacific to Australia
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VLADIVOSTOK, January 20, 16:52 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian traveller Fyodor Konyukhov , who continues his solo rowboat voyage across the Pacific Ocean, is sailing under a scorching sun. The boat is small and there is no way to escape the heat, the press service of the famous traveler reports on Monday.

It has been a month since Konyukhov sailed off the Chilean coast on December 22, 2013 in a hope to cross the Pacific to Australia. He has already covered almost 1,700 nautical miles and reached warm latitudes. “It is hot in the Ocean, the sun is shining bright and there is no hiding from it. I tried to escape in the cabin, but it heats up like an oven,” Konyukhov reported on Sunday.

At the moment his Torgoyak rowboat sails quicker than it was expected at the start of the voyage. Daily figures are similar to those the traveler showed in 2002, when crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the URALAZ boat. At that time he covered 1,639 miles in a month’s time, and now - 1,732 miles. The boat is to cover another 6,093 miles before it reaches the Australian port of Brisbane, where Konyukhov plans to finish his solo trip.

Konyukhov said he preferred to row at night under such hot weather. In 2002, Konyukhov crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 46 days and four hours. This time he hopes to cross the Pacific in 200 days.

If successful Konyukhov would be the ninth person in the world to row the Pacific solo and the second person to row the South Pacific solo.

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