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Konyukhov on solo rowing voyage in Pacific faces health problems

February 11, 2014, 11:23 UTC+3 VLADIVOSTOK
In his short communication session late on Monday, Konyukhov said he had pain in his arm bones recently
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VLADIVOSTOK, February 11. /ITAR-TASS/. World-famous Russian traveller Fyodor, who continues his solo rowing voyage across the Pacific, has health problems.

In his short communication session late on Monday, Konyukhov said he had pain in his arm bones recently.

“I have such a feeling that they are being twisted,” he said. “When I row, I do not feel such a strong pain, but when I lie to rest, it starts dragging and twisting. I cannot relax. I have slept only three hours for the day.”

On December 22, 2013, Konyukhov sailed off in Chile’s Concon in hope to cross the Pacific to Australia’s Brisbane. He has already been rowing across the ocean for 50 days.

His Turgoyak rowboat has already covered 3,100 miles (5,825 kilometers). The Ocean Rowing Society International said to get to Brisbane the traveller would have to overcome another 4,959 miles (9,185 kilometers). But Konyukhov’s onboard computer shows he has to cover another 6,000 miles to finish.

“You there ashore have met the New Year, the Christmas and opened the Winter Olympic Games, while I have no changes, all this time I am sailing across the ocean,” he said.

“One third of the voyage in 50 days is a very good speed,” Konyukhov said, adding that he had already crossed 120 degrees west longitude and entered a zone of responsibility of French Polynesia’s rescue service. Zones of responsibility of Chile and Peru have been left far behind.

“This is also a landmark of my expedition. Chile’s ocean section is the longest one. Other countries are waiting for me ahead,” the traveller concluded.

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