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VLADIVOSTOK, February 10, 8:34 /ITAR-TASS/. A distance of 5,000 miles separates Russia’s outstanding traveller Fyodor Konyukhov, who is crossing the Pacific Ocean on rowboat K9 Turgoyak, from Australia. The calculation of the distance is made by the Ocean Rowing Society International based in London, UK. The Society has been following Fyodor’s progress from South America towards Australia.
As yet, the traveller has been keeping very high speed - every day he has been covering over 60 miles. If the speed remains, his result will be outstanding - the time en route will make 150 days. Practically every day Captain Konyukhov rows for 16 hours. Only on January 19 and 28 he allowed a short rest - covered “only” 37 and 46 miles respectively.
His best daily achievement is 81 miles (on January 3). The Turgoyak covered over 70 miles a day nine times.
As Fyodor Konyukhov began the journey, he planned to cross the Pacific Ocean in about 200 days. But the skills, he received over hundreds of days crossing oceans on yachts and row boats, help him today to “catch” the wind and streams. The Turgoyak is well ahead the schedule.