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Konyukhov rowing solo across Pacific covers 7,000 km for two months

February 21, 2014, 15:34 UTC+3 VLADIVOSTOK
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VLADIVOSTOK, February 21. /ITAR-TASS/. World-famous Russian traveler Fyodor Konyukhov, who has being rowing on his solo voyage across the Pacific for two months, covers 7,047 kilometers, the Ocean Rowing Society International reported from London on Friday.

The Ocean Rowing Society International tracks the traveler’s route with the satellite navigation system and measures daily distance Konyukhov’s Turgoyak rowboat covers in kilometers and miles.

On his trip from Chile’s Concon to Australia’s Brisbane Konyukhov covers 117 miles per day on the average. He showed his best on January 3, when he managed to overcome 151 kilometers. To get to Australia’s Brisbane, his final destination, Konyukhov’s Turgoyak has to cover another 8,067 kilometers.

Ahead of his voyage that began on December 22, 2013, the Russian traveler set the task to cross the Pacific in 200 days. However, Konyukhov sails far ahead of the schedule, but the second part of his trip will be much more difficult. Australia’s forecasters predict that his Turgoyak will face from four to six cyclones.

At present, Konyukhov is approaching islands in French Polynesia, in the centre of the Pacific Ocean. To sail safely between islands, his Turgoyak has to move north of 10 degree south latitude towards Fatu Hiva, the southernmost island of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. In 1937 famous Norwegian traveler and researcher Thor Heyerdahl and his wife lived on the island.

Konyukhov said he planned to leave Fatu Hiva on the right and to start sailing to Australia.

Fyodor told by a satellite phone to his Moscow expedition headquarters on Thursday, “I saw a flock of frigate birds, heralds of the earth. Frigate birds do not stay in the ocean overnight, they return ashore to rest.”

“There are 400 miles to Fatu Hiva, but birds have already appeared,” he said. “This is great joy for me.”

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