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Good weather enables veteran Russian globetrotter to repair rowboat after storm

Fyodor Konyukhov, currently on a solo round-the-world voyage,came over a storm, where his boat was overturned and damaged
Fyodor Konyukhov Vladimir Gerdo/TASS
Fyodor Konyukhov
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MOSCOW, April 8. /TASS/. Russian adventurer Fyodor Konyukhov, who is currently on a solo round-the-world voyage, was able to replenish water reserves and fix his vessel, which was battered by the force-12 storm, his son and expedition organizer Oscar Konyukhov told TASS.

For the first time since the entire round-the-world journey had kicked off, an early April storm in the Southern Ocean had overturned the voyager’s rowboat several times and damaged it. The waves tore off solar panels from the left side along with the wind indicator.

"The weather allowed me to fix the boat, I was able to open all the hatches for ventilation. Everything is wet and mouldy, there aren’t any dry things. The condensate is everywhere. The devices are working now, but for them this is also a serious test, this is a real glass-house," Konyukhov wrote in his notes.

For the first time, the traveler was able to stand tall in his boat, start a water distiller and replenish drinking water reserves.

As of now, Konyukhov has crossed 9,500 km out of the scheduled 27,000 km. Some 950 nautical miles (1,760 km) have been left to reach Cape Horn.

Fyodor Konyukhov, a prominent Russian adventurer, is continuing his round-the-world voyage in a rowboat, which he started on December 6, 2018. The expedition to circle the globe will have three stages: Dunedin, New Zealand - Cape Horn, Chile; Cape Horn - Cape Leeuwin, Australia; and Cape Leeuwin - Port Dunedin.

British boat designer Phil Morrison created Konyukhov’s AKROS vessel exclusively for the expedition. The nine-meter rowboat has watertight compartments capable of storing up food and three independent power generation systems, including solar, wind turbine and an innovative EFOY fuel cell power plant. The vessel is also equipped with two satellite phones, a satellite tracker and several communication and navigation systems.

Konyukhov, 67, has completed five globetrotting missions, crossing the Atlantic 17 times and becoming the first Russian who climbed seven highest summits in six parts of the world, and also traveled to the North and South Poles. In 2007, Konyukhov circled the Southern Hemisphere in a sailboat dubbed the ‘Scarlet Sails’ through the waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. The 102-day voyage did not involve any port calls.