Fedor Konyukhov
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15.12.2013

The first 24 hours

Sunday, December 15th 2013 marks the firtst 24 hour in the ocean. Fedor has called already twice to report his progress. Here are the summary of the phone calls.

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Sunday, December 15th 2013 marks the firtst 24 hour in the ocean. Fedor has called already twice to report his progress. Here are the summary of the
phone calls:
Saturday night: "From the moment I left,  spent 13 hours on the oars trying to get away from the Chilean coast. The wind was south-west, 10-15 knots making it difficult to proceed towards the west. I could only reach 1.5 knots when rowing in the headwind. As soon as I stop rowing, the boat would slow down to 1 knot and turn towards back to the coast. During the day met 5 ships advacing towards Valparaiso. I must manevour the boat so can@@apos@@t use the sea anchor. During the day couldn@@apos@@t rest for a minute".

On Sunday morning: "Survived the night. Very cold, wet, pissing rain. Slept only 15 minutes at a time. But thankful that everything is all right, and works well. The autopilot keeps the course. For the last 24 hours I covered 18 miles west and 8 miles north. My goals this week is to be get away as far as possible from the coast. Around the sunrise the wind turned in the north-east direction, the boat is drifitng in south-west (215-220 degrees). This is a good sitution for me, allowing for a little nap. I actually was able to stretch my full body laying in the cabin. The sleep was much needed. During the night, met a few local fishermen who thought it would be fun to get close to "Tourgoyak". I had to raise my voice to scare them away. All in all everything is well, with God@@apos@@s help."

Check http://yb.tl/konyukhov for "Tourgoyak" position.

Translated by Tatiana Koreski



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14.12.2013

The start of the Trans Pacific Ocean rowing

And so it begins. On Saturday morning at 6:45 am, December 14th Fedor Konyukhov left the yacht club Higuerillas on his 9 meters row boat “Tourgoyak”. Once out of the yacht-club and in the ocean he headed in the north-west direction.

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And so it begins. On Saturday morning at 6:45 am, December 14th Fedor Konyukhov left the yacht club Higuerillas on his 9 meters row boat “Tourgoyak”.  Once out of the yacht-club and in the ocean he headed in the north-west direction. 

Fedor’s support group jumped into a motor boat a couple of hours later to catch up with Fedor around 9am when he was already in the open ocean. Another motor boat carried Fedor’s friends and family. Both boats were generously provided by the yacht club. 

The light drizzle, south west wind of 5-6 knots, and the air temperature of 16 C made it a good day for a start of a 7 months trans-pacific saga. To follow the development of Fedor’s journey and “Tourgoyak” progress please visit his web site or http://yb.tl/konyukhov

Translated by Tatiana Koreski



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13.12.2013

24 hours until the start

The last minute preparations are happening non–stop while at the same time Fedor is meeting with the visitors of the Russian population in Chile. One of the guest is the Russian consul to Chile Michail Orlovetz who brought written greetings to Fedor from the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. Mr. Putin also is a chairman for the Geographical Society of Russia.

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The last minute preparations are happening non–stop while at the same time Fedor is meeting with the visitors of the Russian population in Chile. One of the guest is the Russian consul to Chile Michail Orlovetz who brought written greetings to Fedor from the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.  Mr. Putin also is a chairman for the Geographical Society of Russia.

Translated by Tatiana Koreski



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12.12.2013

The start date has been postponed to December 14th

The “Turgoyak” is ready to go but the weather along the coast of Chile is not being agreeable. The start date has been postponed to December 14th. Winds on the Ocean off Valparaiso are blowing Southwest at 25 knots and higher.

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The “Turgoyak” is ready to go but the weather along the coast of Chile is not being agreeable.  The start date has been postponed to December 14th.  Winds on the Ocean off Valparaiso are blowing Southwest at 25 knots and higher.  The expedition team is studying weather reports several times a day and looking ahead to find the most suitable date for the launch.  Our primary resources are:

http://www.passageweather.com/#  (South Pacific All)

http://meteoarmada.directemar.cl/site/pronosticos/pronostico_bahia_valparaiso.html

We also use the local expertise provided by the Yacht Club, where the boat is docked.  The forecasts show that on December 12th and 13th the winds will sustain at 25 knots with gusts up to 35 knots.  Winds at this level won’t be a problem for navigation, but they will be disruptive to Fedor’s first few days on the Ocean while he is getting used to the boat.  For these reasons we have decided to play it safe and postpone the launch until December 14th at 7am local (Chilean time).  The winds are expected to have subsided to 15 knots, in a south-south-west direction.  It has taken two years to prepare for this transoceanic voyage, considering the design and construction of the boat.  On the 12th Fedor will spend his Birthday on the beach with his family (son Oscar and grandson Arkady) and friends (Oleg Sirotin, Beav, Vladimir Kuksov, Vladimir Zaitsev, Vasiliy Galenko).  In addition the Russian Ambassador to Chile Mikhail Orlovets is visiting Concon to wish Fedor a happy birthday.  The new estimated launch date is December 14, 2013, at 7am local time.  The launch location will be the city of Concon at Yacht Club Higurillas.

Translated by Tatiana Koreski



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06.12.2013

One week before the start

On Friday, we said our good-byes to friend and manager Simon Chalk. His involvement in the “Tourgoyak” project has been instrumental. As an experienced ocean rower, Simon took great care of our boat from the moment when she was just an idea. He was the one to put us in contact with the right shipyard and the people who designed and build the boat.

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On Friday, we said our good-byes to friend and manager Simon Chalk.  His involvement in the “Tourgoyak” project has been instrumental. As an experienced ocean rower, Simon took great care of our boat from the moment when she was just an idea. He was the one to put us in contact with the right shipyard and the people who designed and build the boat. He helped us to select the proper equipment for the boat. His experience in the field of ocean rowing was an immense help in solving the logistics of such a monumental task as getting ready for a trans-Pacific ocean rowing. When “Tourgoyak” was built and shipped to Chile in a container ship, Simon didn’t stop caring for the project. He arrived to Chile with the sole purpose of making sure that the boat is ready for the ocean. Every night when the wind died down Fedor and Simon would go out on the bay towards the ocean to test the equipment, including autopilot, sea anchor, desalination pump, and many other features of the boat. Simon has worked so hard to prepare this boat as if he was the skipper of “Tourgoyak”. As of right now, apart from minor details, the boat is ready to start the journey across the Pacific. Fedor Konyukhov thanked his friend; Simon’s help and expertise in making this boat what she is now gives Fedor a great sense of comfort and hope in what lies ahead.

Simon bid us a farewell and took off to Canary Islands where he is involved in another trans-ocean project this time as a skipper of a six person team: three British and three Russians. Their goal is to cross the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Island to Barbados in a record time on a 40 feet row boat “Imagine”.

Another important milestone happened on Friday. The Chilean Maritime Authority (DIRECTEMAR) held an inspection of “Tourgoyak” and determined that the boat and all the communication and safety equipment, including a life boat are in top shape. This was a great relief to Fedor and his team.  Right now, all eyes are on the ocean, or rather the weather report, to determine the optimal time to start the journey. December 12th is still the target start day but it all depends on the weather. 

Translated by Tatiana Koreski



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02.12.2013

Fedor Konyukhov was finally able to test the boat in the waters of the Pacific Ocean

It’s been two weeks since “Tourgoyak” arrived in Chile. After going through custom services, moving the boat from Valparaiso to Concon, and covering the hull with six layers of anti-fouling paint, Fedor Konyukhov was finally able to test the boat in the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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It’s been two weeks since “Tourgoyak” arrived in Chile. After going through custom services, moving the boat from Valparaiso to Concon, and covering the hull with six layers of anti-fouling paint, Fedor Konyukhov was finally able to test the boat in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Granted, these are tame waters compared to the open ocean. Fedor has been rowing the boat through Concon waters for the last couple of days. The first thing that Fedor did was to recalibrate the compass, autopilot and the rest of the equipment on “Tourgoyak”.

The boat was stable in a headwind of 20 knots due to its length of nine meters, deep daggerboard, long rudder, and autopilot Raymarine. In 20 knot headwinds the boat reaches a speed of 2 - 2.5 knots, which is the minimum for autopilot to kick in. Anything less than 2 knots, the autopilot shuts down. Fedor was able to bring the boat up to four knots while rowing in the bay. He’s hoping that with the help of the Humboldt Current (also known as the Peru Current) “Tourgoyak” will travel at an average speed of 3.5 – 4 knots.

Fedor will continue to test the boat’s potential and become familiar with the every inch of the vessel before the start date.

Translated by Tatiana Koreski



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01.12.2013

Two important meetings in one day

The Chilean Maritime Authority (DIRECTEMAR) and Fedor Konyukhov’s team arranged a meeting in Valparaiso, Chile, on November 29, 2013. The purpose of the meeting was to highlight scope and challenges of Search and Rescue in covering 3,100 miles of the Pacific Ocean that spreads from the Chilean coast all the way to 131° Western longitude. Konyukhov’s team was presented with the information and photos of the rescue ships and motor boats.

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The Chilean Maritime Authority (DIRECTEMAR) and Fedor Konyukhov’s team arranged a meeting in Valparaiso, Chile, on November 29, 2013. The purpose of the meeting was to highlight scope and challenges of Search and Rescue in covering 3,100 miles of the Pacific Ocean that spreads from the Chilean coast all the way to 131° Western longitude. Konyukhov’s team was presented with the information and photos of the rescue ships and motor boats. The commander of the DIRECTEMAR, Ricardo Velasquez tentatively agreed to let Fedor Konyukhov’s boat “Tourgoyak” to start the trans-pacific row from the Chilean coast if the rowboat and the rescue equipment onboard are up to a par. The inspection is scheduled to take place on December 4, 2013 in Concon, Chile.

The meeting was of great importance to Fedor because it will allow him to begin his long planned journey. Getting approval from the Chilean maritime authorities for this journey would have historical significance for trans-pacific rowing.  Back in 2001 the first attempt to row across the Pacific Ocean starting from Chile was made by Jim Sheckdar, a British ocean rower. He was turned down by the DIRECTEMAR authorities. He had to move the start of his solo-expedition to Ilo, Peru. He spent 273 days in the Ocean and was able to reach one of Australian islands but not the Australian continent. After Sheckdar, there were ten more attempts to row across the Pacific from South America to Australia. All of the ocean rowers were choosing Peru as a starting point. There was an unspoken myth that it was virtually impossible to get approval from the Chilean authorities for such a risky endeavor. Fedor Konyukhov and his team are happy to have held such a successful meeting with DIRECTEMAR.

 

While meeting with the Search and Rescue authorities, Fedor Konyukhov received a phone call from the yacht-club where the “Tourgoyak” is docked. The news was that Chilean President Miguel Juan Sebastian Pinera Echenique was going to be at the club later that afternoon. The question was: Would Fedor Konyukhov like to meet the President of Chile if the opportunity presented itself? The necessary agreements were arranged and by the late afternoon of November 29th, Fedor was introduced to the Chilean President.  Fedor talked about his plans to row across the Pacific Ocean. President Sebastian Pinera Echenique listened attentively and asked all kinds of questions about the row boat, its equipment, how long this journey would take, how many hours a day Fedor plans to be on oars and what are the techniques in getting the fresh water. In conclusion the President bid his farewell and best wishes to the Russian explorer on his journey which is scheduled for December 12, 2013. 

Translated by Tatiana Koreski



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27.11.2013

The “Tourgoyak” row boat has arrived to Chile

The “Tourgoyak” traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, Panama Canal and part of the Pacific Ocean on board of the MSC Federico containership which left England last month.  It safely arrived to port Valparaiso on Saturday, November 23rd. Its arrival coincided with the winding down of the nation-wide strike for better working conditions, increased wages and better retirement pensions for municipal workers.  The strike has begun last month drawing workers from 300 municipalities across the country. By the end of last week the effects of a strike were felt in the custom services of Valparaiso port as workers joined the strike

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The “Tourgoyak” traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, Panama Canal and part of the Pacific Ocean on board of the MSC Federico containership which left England last month.  It safely arrived to port Valparaiso on Saturday, November 23rd.

Its arrival coincided with the winding down of the nation-wide strike for better working conditions, increased wages and better retirement pensions for municipal workers.  The strike has begun last month drawing workers from 300 municipalities across the country. By the end of last week the effects of a strike were felt in the custom services of Valparaiso port as workers joined the strike. By a mere miracle our transport agent Alan Toskano was able to locate a container with the row boat inside before the port was closed.

Right now, the “Tourgoyak” is docked in Higuerillas yacht-club in Concon. The start of the trans pacific solo row is scheduled for December 12th, weather permitting. Fedor Konyukhov is expected to arrive to Concon on November 27th after completing Cape Horn rounding on one of the “Pelagic Australis” vessels.     

Translated by Tatiana Koreski



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08.10.2013

Fedor Konyukhov and Victor Simonov will dog sled around the World in 2015-2017

It’s been nearly five months since Fedor Konyukhov and Victor Simonov returned home after their successful dog sled crossing of the Arctic Ocean from the North Pole to Ward Hunt Island, Canada.  The crossing of Greenland from north to south was postponed until next year.  However, there has been some major changes in the initial plan of the “North Pole – Southern Coast of Greenland” project.  This time, both Fedor and Victor are convinced that they should try to expand the horizon of dog sledding in the Arctic latitudes.  The two explorers collaborated on a plan to dogsled around the world.  Here is a quick summary of their vision: The first

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It’s been nearly five months since Fedor Konyukhov and Victor Simonov returned home after their successful dog sled crossing of the Arctic Ocean from the North Pole to Ward Hunt Island, Canada.  The crossing of Greenland from north to south was postponed until next year.  However, there has been some major changes in the initial plan of the “North Pole - Southern Coast of Greenland” project.  This time, both Fedor and Victor are convinced that they should try to expand the horizon of dog sledding in the Arctic latitudes.  The two explorers collaborated on a plan to dogsled around the world.  Here is a quick summary of their vision:

The first stage – Greenland crossing:  The two explorers will return to Greenland in April 2015 to dog sled the Greenland Ice Cap from south to north reaching Nares Strait that lies between Greenland and Ellesmere Island.  The significance of this destination is in the fact that Fedor and Victor’s crossing of the Arctic Ocean was completed in April 2013 on the shores of Ward Hunt Island which lies north of the Ellesmere Island.

The second stage – Canada crossing:  In spring of 2016 return to the Ward Hunt Island and begin the dog sledding along the entire northern coast of Canada from east to west.  Reaching Alaska will conclude the second stage of the expedition.

The third stage from Alaska to Russia via Bering Strait: In Spring of 2017 both Fedor and Victor will fly back to Alaska to dog sled across the Bering Strait and arrive to Russia (Chukotka). Then they’ll continue along the northern shores of Russia with the finish line in Petrozavodsk, the capital city of Republic of Karelia, Russia.

The challenges of the proposed dog sled expedition are many:  the sheer distance and the subzero temperatures of the Arctic environment, along with the logistics of getting to the starting point of each leg will require an enormous effort, planning, sponsorships and mother nature’s cooperation.  Both Konyukhov and Simonov are optimistic that the Arctic circumference can be done, since the most difficult part, crossing the Arctic Ocean from North Pole to Canada, has already been completed in 2013.

Translated by Tatiana Koreski



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11.09.2013

«K 9» is afloat!

September 9th was a rainy and gray day in the small town of Burnham in Crouch, UK, but to a small group of people gathered at a local marina, the drizzly weather was the least of their worries.  The “K9” ocean row boat was scheduled to touch the water.  Fedor Konyukhov along with the builders and designers of the boat, friends and sponsors were waiting for this moment since the beginning of the construction of “K9”.  It’s always exciting and nerve-racking to see a boat making its first contact with the water.  How is it going to perform afloat? Is it going to be balanced in the water?  The anticipation of a gathered crowd was rewarded with a

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September 9th was a rainy and gray day in the small town of Burnham in Crouch, UK, but to a small group of people gathered at a local marina, the drizzly weather was the least of their worries.  The “K9” ocean row boat was scheduled to touch the water.  Fedor Konyukhov along with the builders and designers of the boat, friends and sponsors were waiting for this moment since the beginning of the construction of “K9”.  It’s always exciting and nerve-racking to see a boat making its first contact with the water.  How is it going to perform afloat? Is it going to be balanced in the water?  The anticipation of a gathered crowd was rewarded with a nice picture of a perfectly balanced “K9” once it gently left the trailer.  Fedor Konyukhov was in the boat when it touched the water and judging by the look on his face, he was immensely pleased with the transition. Not wasting time, Fedor gently turned the boat 360 degrees and headed out of the marina towards the North Sea.  Despite the rain Fedor spent a few hours rowing and testing the boat.

Afterwards Fedor Konyukhov shared his excitement with his friends: “I am so happy, just like a child. My first impression of the boat is most positive. It’s light and easy to maneuver.  It’s only 250kg right now, but I can already imagine its full potential once it’s equipped and ready for the journey.  My dream of crossing the Pacific Ocean has gotten so much closer to becoming a reality. It’s been 10 years since my last ocean rowing (across the Atlantic Ocean), and ever since that time I wanted to face the Pacific Ocean in a row boat.  I’m proud that people who helped me with my Atlantic crossing are helping me with the construction and support of this project.  Hopefully, we’ll have the same good fortune with in the Pacific as we did during my Atlantic crossing.”

Fedor Konyukhov has chosen the longest route across the Pacific Ocean starting from Chilean sea-port Valparaiso and heading towards the east coast of the Australian continent. He will spend most of his time on the ocean in the 30-35th South latitudes, which means he will navigate around such islands as Robinson Crusoe, Easter Island and Pitcairn Islands.   

 Fedor Konyukhov’s friends and sponsors of this project witnessed the important step in this project and shared the contagious excitement and enthusiasm of the explorer. Here is a list of proud sponsors of the “South America – East Australia 2013-2014” endeavor:  Ural Ski Resort, Ural Yacht Club, and Seyho Motors.

“K9” will be presented at the Southampton Boat show between September 13 -22.  It will be the only ocean row boat this year and Fedor Konyukhov will be the only participant from Russia. Both of these facts will undoubtedly draw some attention to the project.

The Russian TV channel NTV put together an excellent video of the “K9” first day on the water.



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