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My Expeditions: the next ten years.

This book is dedicated to those who seek adventures and thirst to find their own path.

This book is dedicated to those who seek adventures and thirst to find their own path.

This book is dedicated to those who seek adventures and thirst to find their own path.

The book “My Expeditions: the next ten years” contains a candid and very personal account of many expeditions of the famous Russian explorer, Fedor Konyukhov. In this book Fedor Konyukhov writes about his solo unsupported ski expedition to the South Pole; and summit of Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica, before leaving the frozen continent. The author describes his summits of the highest mountains, which concluded his lifelong goal - Seven Summits program on Seven Continents.

The book includes a detailed account of the long-distance dog sled race Iditarod, which is also known as the Last Great Race in Alaska. A reader will also learn about the author’s participation in two prestigious around the world solo non-spot yacht races, Vendee Globe and Around Alone. In addition, the book contains summaries of his rowing across the Atlantic Ocean and expedition The Great Silk Road in the steppe of Kalmykia, Russia.

Although not a professional athlete and sportsman, Fedor Konyukhov participates in a variety of difficult races. His goal is not to be the first, but to finish the race.  Each time he is forced to walk on the edge, and sometimes beyond the edge, which makes him consider that perhaps this could be his last time pushing the limits. Yet, upon his safe return home, he finds a new challenge that will push him to the edge once more. This book is about finding yourself and path in this world.  It’s about how to climb our own mountains and discover personal poles, and how to reach one’s wholeness and freedom in the process.


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The Power of Faith: 160 days and nights of solitude in the Pacific Ocean

Fedor Konyukhov’s new book “The Power of Faith: 160 days and nights of solitude in the Pacific Ocean” is a collection of his daily journal entries that he wrote during his expedition across the Pacific Ocean on the 9 meters row boat Tourgoyak (K9).

Fedor Konyukhov’s new book “The Power of Faith: 160 days and nights of solitude in the Pacific Ocean” is a collection of his daily journal entries that he wrote during his expedition across the Pacific Ocean on the 9 meters row boat Tourgoyak (K9).

Fedor Konyukhov’s new book “The Power of Faith: 160 days and nights of solitude in the Pacific Ocean” is a collection of his daily journal entries that he wrote during his expedition across the Pacific Ocean on the 9 meters row boat Tourgoyak (K9).  Fedor Konyukhov became the first person on the planet, who managed to row solo and non-stop across the South Pacific Ocean from one continent (South America) to another (Australia). The author’s 160 days and nights of rowing amount to an incredible testimony of perseverance and forbearing in the face of numerous challenges and trials that the ocean had in store for him.  During his rowing journey Fedor Konyukhov relied on God alone, which deepened his faith and brought him closer to God. What does one think about while crossing the Pacific Ocean all alone on a tiny row boat? What saints does one pray to during such a journey?  What words does one search for when talking to children and grandchildren? How does one fight the fear and doubt? Where does one find strength and determination to continue despite the dangers of nature and in spite of unquenched human exhaustion?  What is happiness, according to one of the most famous adventurers on the planet? These and many other questions are answered on the pages of this book.


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The Pacific Ocean

Fedor Konyukhov’s new book “The Pacific Ocean” is the fourth in his children series. In this book the explorer talks about his solo rowing across the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, which despite its name is not easily pacified.

Fedor Konyukhov’s new book “The Pacific Ocean” is the fourth in his children series. In this book the explorer talks about his solo rowing across the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, which despite its name is not easily pacified.

Fedor Konyukhov’s new book “The Pacific Ocean” is the fourth in his children series.  In this book the explorer talks about his solo rowing across the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, which despite its name is not easily pacified. There are powerful cyclones, terrible tsunamis and rainstorms that resemble a waterfall. Young readers will visit the Coral Reef Islands, dive into the depth of the ocean, and learn about what whales eat. The book is the author’s firsthand experience about how to row across the ocean in a single person row boat. The book “The Pacific Ocean” is available for viewing on the publisher’s website “Nastya and Nikita”.


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My Expeditions

“My Expeditions” is written to inspire those who are drawn to seeing and experiencing the world for themselves. It is a thoroughly compiled collection of journal entries that the author religiously writes during his travels.

“My Expeditions” is written to inspire those who are drawn to seeing and experiencing the world for themselves. It is a thoroughly compiled collection of journal entries that the author religiously writes during his travels.

“My Expeditions” is written to inspire those who are drawn to seeing and experiencing the world for themselves.  It is a thoroughly compiled collection of journal entries that the author religiously writes during his travels.

In this book, Fedor Konyukhov describes his first expeditions (between 1981 and 1994) in the mountains of Chukotka; a solo trek to the North Pole; the summit of Mt. Everest; and the first two circumnavigations on the sail boats Karaana and Formosa. The author’s vision for each expedition is to see and experience the world. Each year Fedor Konyukhov has a list of goals to achieve and he works relentlessly to tackle obstacles, to find financial means to sustain an expedition and to achieve the desired outcome in spite of colossal physical demands and dangers associated with exploring the world as a solo adventurer.    


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Under the Scarlet Sails

This book is about Fedor’s fourth circumnavigation. Sailing solo around the world is already a remarkable achievement, but add to it an 85 foot maxi-yacht and it becomes an undeniably bold and unprecedented challenge against nature and human abilities.

This book is about Fedor’s fourth circumnavigation. Sailing solo around the world is already a remarkable achievement, but add to it an 85 foot maxi-yacht and it becomes an undeniably bold and unprecedented challenge against nature and human abilities.

This book is about Fedor’s fourth circumnavigation. Sailing solo around the world is already a remarkable achievement, but add to it an 85 foot maxi-yacht and it becomes an undeniably bold and unprecedented challenge against nature and human abilities. The idea of sailing alone on a maxi-yacht, which requires a team of at least 15 people, occurred to Fedor after racing in a few different regattas where he worked alongside teammates. In 1997, together with his support team Fedor began to plan such an undertaking, and in 2003 they were able to find a sponsor who against all odds believed in the project. The major Russian trading network “Alye Parusa” bought an 85-foot long yacht and funded the preparations, innovations, numerous adjustments and modifications in order to make it possible for one man to sail the enormous vessel alone around the world. Finally in November 2004, the maxi yacht “Alye Parusa” left Falmouth, England heading towards the Cape of Good Hope. Fedor was to become not only the first Russian to sail solo a maxi-yacht around the world, but the first one in the sailing world to undertake such a feat. What followed for the next 189 days and 33,000 nautical miles is documented in great detail in the personal journals of the explorer. The book is full of graphic descriptions of what storms look like in the South Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. The pages reflect not only Fedor’s fascination with the Ocean but his deepest fears and loneliness that only through hard work and constant prayer he was able to overcome. Beneath the Scarlet Sails is a unique self-study of what happens to a person when at his own will he’s thrown into the most fierce and unforgiving conditions on the planet.   

The title of the book is a tribute to the expeditions’ main sponsor “Alye Parusa” which means scarlet sails in Russian.     


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The Ocean Is My Dwelling Place

This book contains Fedor Konyukhov’s diaries that he wrote before and during the inaugural Antarctica Cup Ocean Race (ACOR) 2008. The ACOR is a non-stop race around Antarctica on the Antarctica Cup Racetrack, starting and finishing in Albany.

This book contains Fedor Konyukhov’s diaries that he wrote before and during the inaugural Antarctica Cup Ocean Race (ACOR) 2008. The ACOR is a non-stop race around Antarctica on the Antarctica Cup Racetrack, starting and finishing in Albany.

This book contains Fedor Konyukhov’s diaries that he wrote before and during the inaugural Antarctica Cup Ocean Race (ACOR) 2008. The ACOR is a non-stop race around Antarctica on the Antarctica Cup Racetrack, starting and finishing in Albany. On his boat Trading Network Alye Parusa, an 86 foot long aluminum high performance racing yacht, Fedor sailed 16,356 nautical miles around Antarctica taking 102 days, 1hour, 35 minutes and 50 seconds. The diaries reflect the philosophical purpose as to why Fedor strives to put himself in the harshest environments around the globe. This book gives you a glimpse into what drives a man to leave home, family and comfort of daily life to face the unknown. The book is dedicated to Fedor’s youngest son Nikolay who was three years old at the time: “My son, writing poetry for gain will rob the words of their beauty. Creating a painting for gain will steal your inspiration. In exploring the world, don’t seek profit; it will take the soul out of your traveling. Whatever you decide to do in life, you must have faith, imagination and compassion.”


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Alone with the Ocean

This book was prompted by the Modern University of the Humanities (MUH), the main sponsor of Fedor Konyukhov’s two solo circumnavigations: the “Around Alone 1998-1999” and “Vendee Globe 2000”.

This book was prompted by the Modern University of the Humanities (MUH), the main sponsor of Fedor Konyukhov’s two solo circumnavigations: the “Around Alone 1998-1999” and “Vendee Globe 2000”.

This book was prompted by the Modern University of the Humanities (MUH), the main sponsor of Fedor Konyukhov’s two solo circumnavigations: the “Around Alone 1998-1999” and “Vendee Globe 2000”. The MUH is the largest university in Russia that specializes in distant learning education across the country. Before departing on his expedition, Fedor’s boat was equipped with a laptop full of modules and electronic text books in various subjects from the history of the world to the economic and legal systems of Russia. He was instructed to complete the courses and write a journal on the challenges of studying in extreme conditions and under the pressure of deadlines. As a dutiful student Fedor went through the modules, completed the exams, wrote mini essays, kept a student journal and upon arriving home declared that distant learning is indeed possible in the most untraditional settings as long as one has a desire to learn and follow through with the curriculum. Alone with the Ocean contains the findings of the experiment that many people who use distant learning find very encouraging and inspiring.


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Knocking Down the Stars While Sailing

During his expeditions be it sailing around the world; climbing the highest peaks on each continent; rowing across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans; skiing to the North and South Poles; or exploring the ancient Silk Road on a camel, Fedor Konyukhov prolifically writes in his journals and creates art in the form of drawings, paintings and photography.

During his expeditions be it sailing around the world; climbing the highest peaks on each continent; rowing across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans; skiing to the North and South Poles; or exploring the ancient Silk Road on a camel, Fedor Konyukhov prolifically writes in his journals and creates art in the form of drawings, paintings and photography.

During his expeditions be it sailing around the world; climbing the highest peaks on each continent; rowing across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans; skiing to the North and South Poles; or exploring the ancient Silk Road on a camel, Fedor Konyukhov prolifically writes in his journals and creates art in the form of drawings, paintings and photography. In this book every journal entry taken from different expeditions is accompanied by Fedor’s art. Knocking down the Stars While Sailing is an adventure prose written for both the young and old. Readers will learn about Fedor’s thoughts and feelings; his philosophy and life style; and the price he must pay for being the first and wanting the most from his life on this planet.


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How I Became an Explorer

The author of this book is famous explorer Fedor Konyukhov who has reached the North Pole and South Pole solo, climbed the seven summits of the seven continents and circumnavigated the globe multiple times.

The author of this book is famous explorer Fedor Konyukhov who has reached the North Pole and South Pole solo, climbed the seven summits of the seven continents and circumnavigated the globe multiple times.

The author of this book is famous explorer Fedor Konyukhov who has reached the North Pole and South Pole solo, climbed the seven summits of the seven continents and circumnavigated the globe multiple times. It all began when Fedor was 15 years old living in a small village on the Sea of Azov when he decided to row across the sea in a small fishing boat. In this this book Fedor Konyukhov shares how the dreams of a young boy to see the world became a reality. The book’s chapters cover many exciting journeys and events in the author’s life. The book is written to children and adults alike who will find the book both inspiring and entertaining.


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The Antarctica

This is a children’s book about Russian naval admiral Fabian von Bellingshausen’s expedition which discovered Antarctica. A young reader will also learn what kind of special prize was granted to Fedor Konyukhov for sailing in the inaugural Antarctica Cup Ocean Race 2008.

This is a children’s book about Russian naval admiral Fabian von Bellingshausen’s expedition which discovered Antarctica. A young reader will also learn what kind of special prize was granted to Fedor Konyukhov for sailing in the inaugural Antarctica Cup Ocean Race 2008.

This is a children’s book about Russian naval admiral Fabian von Bellingshausen’s expedition which discovered Antarctica. A young reader will also learn what kind of special prize was granted to Fedor Konyukhov for sailing in the inaugural Antarctica Cup Ocean Race 2008. The Antarctica is a uniquely wonderful place on Earth. It’s the only continent that doesn’t contain governmental borders. It’s an endowment to the whole world. On the map, it’s painted in plain white color and there are no cities or towns on the continent. There are only research stations of different countries hosting the bravest and most determined scientists that are unafraid of the coldest climate in the world. 


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On how Admiral Ushakov made the Black Sea Russian

In this book Fedor Konyukhov pays a tribute to the greatest Russian naval commander and admiral of the 18th century, Fedor Fedorovich Ushakov.

In this book Fedor Konyukhov pays a tribute to the greatest Russian naval commander and admiral of the 18th century, Fedor Fedorovich Ushakov.

In this book Fedor Konyukhov pays a tribute to the greatest Russian naval commander and admiral of the 18th century, Fedor Fedorovich Ushakov. Readers will learn about the Admiral’s brilliant and innovative tactics as a naval commander that put the Russian Navy in control of the Black Sea after defeating the Turks in four major battles at Fidonisi (1788), Kerch Strait (1790), Tendra (1790) and Cape Kaliakra (1791) during the Second Russo-Turkish War (1787-1792). Young readers will learn not only about Admiral Ushakov’s achievements as a naval commander but also about the personality of a kind man who taught that compassion is reserved not only for friends but for enemies as well.   


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And I Saw the New Heavens and the New Earth...

This book is a unique collection of Fedor Konyukhov’s first expeditions that earned him the title of a world famous explorer. It’s a delightful prose written in unrefined and earnest style of a man who is at last doing what he was born to do.

This book is a unique collection of Fedor Konyukhov’s first expeditions that earned him the title of a world famous explorer. It’s a delightful prose written in unrefined and earnest style of a man who is at last doing what he was born to do.

This book is a unique collection of Fedor Konyukhov’s first expeditions that earned him the title of a world famous explorer. It’s a delightful prose written in unrefined and earnest style of a man who is at last doing what he was born to do. Each chapter is concentrated on one particular event or expedition in the life of the explorer. Readers will learn about Fedor’s solo trek to the North Pole in the Spring of 1990; his very first solo around the world sailing in 1991; his first ascent of Mt. Everest in March of 1992; a circumnavigation around the world from East to West that lasted one and a half years. Reading the book is like having a conversation with Fedor himself: switching without a warning from one event to the next, dropping peppered and witty humor directed at himself and others, reflecting on the hardships and rewards of life as an adventurer Fedor speaks with great urgency afraid that he won’t have enough time to share what he has experienced in life.   


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The Road without Ground

In the winter of 2000 Fedor and his wife Irina flew to Alaska where Fedor would train and then participate in the Iditarod. The book gives a detailed account of what goes into preparing for the world’s foremost dogsled race.

In the winter of 2000 Fedor and his wife Irina flew to Alaska where Fedor would train and then participate in the Iditarod. The book gives a detailed account of what goes into preparing for the world’s foremost dogsled race.

In the winter of 2000 Fedor and his wife Irina flew to Alaska where Fedor would train and then participate in the Iditarod. The book gives a detailed account of what goes into preparing for the world’s foremost dogsled race. Together, Fedor and Irina paint a picture of not only idyllic and majestic surroundings of Alaska, but also a very human portrait of the people whose livelihoods depend on this race. The main theme of the book however, is the life of a race dog. Both Irina and Fedor were completely smitten by the dogs’ personality and unconditional love that treating them as mere racing dogs became out of the question. The first part of the book gives a picture of each and every dog that Fedor chose for the race. The second part of the book is written in the form of a daily journal where the authors reflect on the beauty and hazards of the Iditarod race track; the hospitality of each city from Anchorage to Nome; and the enormous physical and emotional demands not only on a musher but on the dogs as well. The Road without Ground also contains a complete and unabridged personal journal from Fedor’s racing in the French sailing race around the world “Vendee Globe 2000”.


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A Rower in the Ocean

In the fall of 2002, a famous Russian explorer Fedor Konyukhov became the first Russian to row solo, non-stop and unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean.

In the fall of 2002, a famous Russian explorer Fedor Konyukhov became the first Russian to row solo, non-stop and unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean.

In the fall of 2002, a famous Russian explorer Fedor Konyukhov became the first Russian to row solo, non-stop and unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving La Gomera and reaching Barbados in just 47 days and 4 hours made his crossing a new world record that would stand for the next decade. The price a person has to pay for being one of the best and one of the first is high and known only to the adventurer and his close family. For the rest of us the new world record is simply a short lived excitement and dry number. This book tells us the story behind Fedor’s world record and what made it possible. A Rower in the Ocean is another artistic and written collaboration between Fedor and his wife Irina.


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All Birds Have Wings

The book contains personal diaries of Irina and Fedor Konyukhov. The first part of the book is written by Irina reflecting on what it takes to love and be loved by a man who is constantly driven to explore the world.

The book contains personal diaries of Irina and Fedor Konyukhov. The first part of the book is written by Irina reflecting on what it takes to love and be loved by a man who is constantly driven to explore the world.

The book contains personal diaries of Irina and Fedor Konyukhov. The first part of the book is written by Irina reflecting on what it takes to love and be loved by a man who is constantly driven to explore the world.  She’s explicitly honest in her writings about the challenges of being a wife of an explorer, mother of two and a professor at a leading university in Russia. Fedor’s diaries were written during the race in “Around Alone 1998-1999”. His writings are not only about the weather and the risks of circumnavigating the world alone on a sail boat, but mostly about why he’s chosen the life of an explorer. Fedor is frank when he shares his view of the world and his place in it. There is no reservation when he talks about the challenges of putting together an expedition. The diaries show the heart of a man in love with a woman. The end result of combining the diaries of a husband and a wife is a wonderful tribute to their love for one another and for the world that they see through each other’s eyes.


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My spirit on the deck of “Karaana”

This book is about the very first Russian solo non-stop circumnavigation around the world on a sail boat. Fedor Konyukhov’s first sail boat carried an aboriginal name Karaana which means peaceful in the language of indigenous people of Australia.

This book is about the very first Russian solo non-stop circumnavigation around the world on a sail boat. Fedor Konyukhov’s first sail boat carried an aboriginal name Karaana which means peaceful in the language of indigenous people of Australia.

This book is about the very first Russian solo non-stop circumnavigation around the world on a sail boat. Fedor Konyukhov’s first sail boat carried an aboriginal name Karaana which means peaceful in the language of indigenous people of Australia. On his first circumnavigation Fedor stayed within a narrow corridor between the “roaring forties” and “furious fifties” with only one deviation of rising up to the Equator line in the Atlantic Ocean. The book is written in the form of diaries that reflect all range of thoughts and emotions that one experiences when faced with the realization of a lifelong dream. 


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Lao-Tzu. Dao De Jing. Illustrated by Konyukhov, Fedor

While participating in the race “Vendee Globe – 2000” Fedor Konyukhov created dozens of drawings for the Dao De Jing book. It was one of his long-time goals as an artist to reflect on the wisdom and philosophy of Lao-Tzu’s writings.

While participating in the race “Vendee Globe – 2000” Fedor Konyukhov created dozens of drawings for the Dao De Jing book. It was one of his long-time goals as an artist to reflect on the wisdom and philosophy of Lao-Tzu’s writings.

While participating in the race “Vendee Globe – 2000” Fedor Konyukhov created dozens of drawings for the Dao De Jing book. It was one of his long-time goals as an artist to reflect on the wisdom and philosophy of Lao-Tzu’s writings. While sailing in the ‘roaring forties’ and ‘furious fifties’ Fedor continued to create one drawing after another for each and very chapter in the Dao De Jing.  One of the benefits of this expedition was that it allowed Fedor to separate himself from the busyness of everyday life in order to focus and reflect on the teachings of Dao.


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