MOSCOW, May 31 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has sent a greeting to traveller Fedor Konyukhov, who has finished a non-stop and unassisted transpacific crossing aboard his nine-metre long rowboat Turgoyak and reached Australia.
Russia’s Ambassador to Australia Vladimir Morozov, who participated in the welcoming ceremony in Mooloolaba (Queensland), read out the president’s address.
“I am happy to greet you with the successful finish of the expedition across the Pacific Ocean,” the greeting reads. “Among those who have been watching closely the expedition were your colleagues, scientists and experts, members of the Russian Geographic Society, fans of seafaring from many countries. Thanks to your courage and tenacity, extraordinary human and professional qualities you have passed the complicated tests, and conquered the watery element. Today we can say with confidence - the first in history single trip on a rowing boat from the coast of Chile to Australia was a success. And you have continued the great Russian traditions of explorers and adventurers who had made a great contribution to studies of the oceans. I wish you all the best and successful implementation of your new plans.