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04.11.2015

Letter of support from Sir Richard Branson

"I have received letter of support from Sir Richard Branson. This is a great news. He always inspired me by his projects in the air, in the ocean, on land. Even he was not always the first to achieve the goal but he was pushing the limits, creating completions, investing into technology, promoting sports".

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"I have received letter of support from Sir Richard Branson. This is a great news. He always inspired me by his projects in the air, in the ocean, on land. Even he was not always the first to achieve the goal but he was pushing the limits, creating completions, investing into technology, promoting sports. Richard holds several balloon world records.  

In July 1987 first to cross the Atlantic Ocean from USA to UK in hot air balloon. Distance covered 4,947 km (3,074 miles) in 33 hours.

January 1991 first hot-air balloon flight across the Pacific. Distance covered = 7,671.9-km (4,767.1-mi) from Japan to Canada in the Virgin Otsuka Pacific Flyer in 46 hr 15 min.

Between 1995 and 1998, Richard Branson attempted to circumnavigate the globe by balloon. In late 1998 he made a record-breaking flight from Morocco to Hawaii but were unable to complete a global flight before Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones in Breitling Orbiter 3 in March 1999".

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02.10.2015

Visit to Cameron Balloons

During his visit to Cameron Balloons at the end of September, Fedor Konyukhov met with the company founder, a legendary pilot and inventor, Don Cameron, and with Alan Noble, who was project manager for most of the world records flying Roziere balloons over the last 20 years.

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During his visit to Cameron Balloons at the end of September, Fedor Konyukhov met with the company founder, a legendary pilot and inventor, Don Cameron, and with Alan Noble, who was project manager for most of the world records flying Roziere balloons over the last 20 years.  

At the Cameron Balloons factory, located in Bristol, England, the work of designing and sewing an enormous envelope the size of 15,500 cubic meters continues at full speed. Once finished, the envelope will be transformed into a MORTON Roziere balloon suitable for a solo flight around the world.  Based on the size of the envelope, it is managed by more than one sewing-machinist. The balloon blue prints have already been completed, and now the work is focused on stitching and gluing a special sealant over the seams. The sealant will prevent gas leakage from the balloon.  A machine that applies the sealant can reach temperatures of 300 degrees.

Fedor also met with a team of engineers to learn about the pilot capsule heating system.  A heater that warms inside the capsule will be secured on top of the gondola.  The heat will also be used for cooking meals, or rather, for boiling water, which is then added to a package of dry food.  There will be no stove or burner inside the capsule. With the necessary 2.5 litres of water per day, Fedor will need at least 50 litres of water to last him 20 days in the air. 

The engineers shared the blue prints and first prototype of a burner. It’s been decided to have six burners on board. They are similar to the ones used for a regular hot air balloon, but the size of these burners will be smaller. Professional opinion is for a flight around the world you don’t need more than two burners; however, with the six burners you have reserve, which gives you extra insurance. In 2002 Steve Fossett, completed his flight around the world with six burners, and the team decided not to change this tactic.

Detailed discussion was conducted about the propane cylinders. Propane gas will be used to fuel the burners. Cameron Baloons has developed innovative cylinders made of steel, which are 30 kilograms lighter than the ones for Steve Fossett’s flight.  The weight of an empty steel cylinder is 45 kg and when it’s filled with propane it will weigh 180 kg. The plan is to take 34 cylinders for the flight that can last up to 20 days.

The team finalized the list of navigational and communication equipment as well as it placement inside and outside of the capsule.

Some time was spent discussing whether or not to bring a life-raft.  The gondola is constructed in such way that it can serve the function of a life boat in the case of an ocean landing.  However, it’s been decided to pack a two person life raft inside the gondola.

The tentative schedule for completing the balloon and fully equipped capsule is by the end of March 2016. Then the entire aircraft will be packed and shipped to Australia. The estimated arrival time to Australia is May 2016.  The flight around the world is scheduled for the winter months in Australia (June, July, and August). Launch point – Northam, Western Australia. The start will be determined by the weather patterns and conditions. 

To learn more about the project click here.



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13.05.2015

A memorial plinth to commemorate the transpacific rowing is erected in Mooloolaba, Australia

Last week Fedor Konyukhov arrived in the City of Mooloolaba, Australia where almost a year ago he finished his transpacific row on the city’s public beach. Fedor Konyukhov was invited by the city council to attend the opening ceremony of a commemorative plinth dedicated to his 2014 solo trip from Chile to Australia on the 9 meter long ocean rowboat “Tourgoyak”.

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Last week Fedor Konyukhov arrived in the City of Mooloolaba, Australia where almost a year ago he finished his transpacific row on the city’s public beach.  Fedor Konyukhov was invited by the city council to attend the opening ceremony of a commemorative plinth dedicated to his 2014 solo trip from Chile to Australia on the 9 meter long ocean rowboat “Tourgoyak”.

 

The idea was proposed by the city council back in 2014 and was supported by the public. Less than a year later a descriptive memorial plinth was erected at the city park overlooking the public beach.  On May 31, 2014 Fedor Konyukhov drove his rowboat into the welcoming beach which completed the 159 day and 9,400 nautical mile odyssey from Chile to Australia. The creator of the plinth, Adam Erbacher, did a fantastic job of capturing the essence and enormity of the expedition and chiseling a summary of the trip into bronze.

 

At the opening ceremony, the mayor of Sunshine Coast Mark Jamieson greeted a crowd of people who came to support the occasion. Many of them were at the beach greeting Fedor Konyukhov just a year ago. The Consul-General of the Russian Federation in Sydney, Sergey Shipilov, was at the ceremony as well, along with the two main sponsors of the transpacific expedition Oleg Sirotin and Sergey Eremenko.

 

In his opening speech Mr. Jamieson stressed the importance of this day not only for the history of Mooloolaba but for the relationship between Australia and Russia as well.  Despite the political friction between the two countries, occasions such as this promote positive relations between the two nations.  The opening of the plinth was the final touch in the transpacific expedition and Fedor Konyukhov is grateful for the honor and warm welcome from the City of Mooloolaba.

 

After the opening ceremony Fedor Konyukhov met with the owner of Australia Zoo, Terri Irwin.  At the meeting he was given the opportunity to become a Global Ambassador of Australia Zoo, which would involve promoting the mission and vision of the zoo across the globe. Fedor Konyukhov agreed to this new and exciting role.  He will participate in an expedition that will track the migration of crocodiles in the Northern Territory of Australia.  In turn, the Irwin family will visit Primorsky Territory in Russia to study the population of Amur Tigers and share their expertise on how to promote the life and survival of an endangered species. 



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16.03.2015

The B&N Bank hot air balloon record flying

After almost 20 hours of standing in the gondola of the B&N Bank hot air balloon, Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyalo managed to set a new Russian record for flying an AX-9 balloon. After a day of rest, Fedor Konyukhov was back in the office sharing his experience of flying the B&N Bank hot air balloon with his copilot Ivan Menyalo.

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After almost 20 hours of standing in the gondola of the B&N Bank hot air balloon, Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyalo managed to set a new Russian record for flying an AX-9 balloon.

After a day of rest, Fedor Konyukhov was back in the office sharing his experience of flying the B&N Bank hot air balloon with his copilot Ivan Menyalo:  

“The hot air balloon was built by a Russian company Rusbal.   We were very pleased with the quality of the air craft.  Despite the fact that we did not make a training flight prior to the start, the balloon did an excellent job of carrying us through the day and into the night. The vessel was completed on March 3rd, and on March 14th it was already in the air with the two of us.

It was tested by the fire so to speak, and in the end, it did not disappoint us.  On the day of the start we were faced with much warmer weather than anticipated. The weather forecast stated that the air temperature would reach -10 °C, but on Saturday morning it was only -5 °C.  During the day the air temperature went up to +6 °C.  Considering how much work and preparation went into this project we decided against canceling the flight.  We knew that flying the hot air balloon in such warm weather would make it difficult to beat the world record of 29 plus hours.  We decided to focus on setting a new Russian record of being in the air for more than 17 hours. (Previous Russian record for AX-9 type balloon was 17 hours 49 minutes set by Vladimir Gladkov in February 2013).  We spent the entire day hanging low over Kostroma City.

After we dropped the 20th fuel canister our hopes of beating the 18 hour mark started to dwindle.  In our last attempt to outlast the standing record, we decided to continue into the night.  With the dark setting down upon us the temperature did drop down to -3 °C, but we never saw the promised -10 °C.   Soon after sunset, the wind picked up significantly and the speed of our flying vessel reached 30-35 km/hr.  Flying through the dark night passing woods, fields and marsh plains down below with an old moon above was both a strange and exhilarating experience for myself and my copilot Ivan Menyalo.  A light from the fuel burner made it barely possible to see each other’s faces in the dark.  Without flashlights, the visibility outside of the air balloon was minimal.  The adrenaline ran high.

We were approaching the airport of Nizhny Novgorod.  As the wind did not let down, we realized that it would be impossible to maneuver away from the airport flying zone while maintaining a low altitude with the balloon.  If the wind did not push us towards the airport’s no fly zone we would try our best to stay afloat until morning.  With four fuel canisters left, we decided not to press our luck and started to look for a safe landing spot.  Once we learned that we have achieved a new Russian record were happy to call it a night and contacted our support team to inform them of our decision to land.  We spotted a large open field in the distance and went for the landing. Our support team that was following us since the takeoff arrived to the field just in time to help with the touch down.  We were all very pleased with the experience and the final results.  Currently we are awaiting the official confirmation from the Federation of Aeronautical Sports of Russia that our time of 19 hours and 10 minute in the air is a new Russian record for a hot air balloon type AX-9.

I am thankful to my copilot and friend Ivan Menyalo for his knowledge and expertise.  He has more than 1,000 hours of flying hot air balloons, but flying in the dark was a first for him.  We now know a lot about flying this type of hot air balloon.  This experience will help us a lot in our preparations for setting a new world record, which stands at 29 hours, 14 minutes and 35 seconds. In addition, we would like to improve the Russian record for flying a hot air balloon over a long distance.  As of right now, the record belongs to Leonid Tiukhtyaev and Sergey Grishin, who in April 2008 covered a distance of 540 km in their hot air balloon type AX-10. 

Both Ivan Menyalo and myself would like to thank our support team who was instrumental in our success.  There were two of us in the gondola, but we knew that we were successful only because of the tireless work of our team. A special thanks goes to Leonid Tiukhtyaev, the president of the Balloon Federation of Russia, who provided professional and emotional support throughout the project and during the flight.  There were a few times when we were flying really low to the ground, especially when we needed to drop down empty fuel canisters.  Each time it was so great to see the faces of our teammates riding the cars along the flight route.

We are very thankful to our primary sponsor B&N Bank for believing in us and being actively involved in seeing the project through.

Translated by Tatiana Koreski 



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15.03.2015

A new Russian record for AX-9 balloon

After 19 hours and 10 minutes in the air the B&N Bank hot air balloon landed on March 15th at 00:54. Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyalo set a new Russian record for the duration in the air on an AX-9 balloon with a size of 3950 cubic meters.  The previous record of 17 hours and 49 minutes was set in February 2013 by a Russian pilot Vladimir Gladkov. The decision to land in dark, instead of waiting for dawn was made by the pilots with safety being their main goal.  Despite having 4 more gallons of fuel they wanted to have a safe landing before reaching the busy airspace of Nizegorodskaya district

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After 19 hours and 10 minutes in the air the B&N Bank hot air balloon landed on March 15th at 00:54. Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyalo set a new Russian record for the duration in the air on an AX-9 balloon with a size of 3950 cubic meters. 

The previous record of 17 hours and 49 minutes was set in February 2013 by a Russian pilot Vladimir Gladkov.

The decision to land in dark, instead of waiting for dawn was made by the pilots with safety being their main goal.  Despite having 4 more gallons of fuel they wanted to have a safe landing before reaching the busy airspace of Nizegorodskaya district. The pilots landed the vessel onto a large snowy field in the vicinity of Gubinskaya, Ivanovo oblast.  They were greeted with the cheers of their support team.  The landing went without a glitch and both pilots are in good physical health. 

President of the Balloon Federation of Russia, Leonid Tukhtyaev congratulated both pilots: “Today’s flight is going down in history.  A big team has achieved a big accomplishment. Something bigger than us has been done.”

Translated by Tatiana Koreski



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14.03.2015

The B&N Bank hot air balloon is flying through the night

After 12 hours in the air Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyalo, brought the hot air balloon down to one meter off the ground to converse with their ground support team.

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After 12 hours in the air Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyalo, brought the hot air balloon down to one meter off the ground to converse with their ground support team. The flight has been going according to a plan and there are no surprises except for the much warmer temperature than was anticipated.  During the day the air temperature would reach 6C, which required a higher amount of fuel to keep the altitude.

As night approaches, the air temperature will drop which should help with keeping fuel usage under control. Both pilots were optimistic that twelve gallons of fuel would last them through the night.

Landing in dark is not the safest way to finish the flight. The pilots will do their best to keep the fuel ration until sunrise on Sunday, March 15th.  Finishing at dawn will also signify 24 hours in the air, which is enough to beat the previous record by a Russian team in 2013, but not quite long enough for the world record which stands at 29 hours, 14 minutes and 35 seconds.  

The hot air balloon of B&N BANK continues to fly south-east-south, towards Kineshma City. The altitude is 276 meters and the speed is 18-20 km/hr.

The support team keeps the night watch monitoring the flight and following the balloon by driving in the same direction as the flight. The team uses a snowmobile to collect the empty canisters of fuel dropped by the pilots.  It's going to be a sleepless night for both pilots and their support team, but everyone runs high on adrenaline and caffeine to see the night through.

Sponsor of the record attempt – B&N Bank.

You can follow the flight by this link:   https://share.delorme.com/ivanmenyaylo

Oscar Konyukhov

Translated by Tatiana Koreski



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14.03.2015

Russian hot air balloon duration record attempt

Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyalo took off this early morning at 05:45 AM from frozen river Volga near ancient city Kostroma (350 km east of Moscow). They are trying to set new Russian duration hot air balloon record for AX-9 type.

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Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyalo took off this early morning at 05:45 AM from frozen river Volga near ancient city Kostroma (350 km east of Moscow). They are trying to set new Russian duration hot air balloon record for AX-9 type. Current national record – 17 hours and 49 minutes (set by Vladimir Gladkov in February 2013).

President of Russian Ballooning Federation - Leonid Tiukhtyaev was at the start and wished both pilots to set new benchmark for Russian hot air balloon sport. In his opinion the air temperature is slightly too warm but not much wind and so far this is the best conditions we could find in March.

The balloon (3 950 m3) was built in Russia by RUSBAL company. Sponsor of the record attempt – B&N Bank.

You can follow the flight by this link:   https://share.delorme.com/ivanmenyaylo



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14.07.2014

Fedor Konyukhov visits Cameron Balloons, the world's largest balloon maker

After completing his solo row across the South Pacific Ocean from Chile to Australia, Fedor Konyukhov announced that he intends to be back to the Green continent in the summer of 2015 for a daring adventure to fly solo around the world on a helium/hot-air balloon (Roziere).

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After completing his solo row across the South Pacific Ocean from Chile to Australia, Fedor Konyukhov announced that he intends to be back to the Green continent in the summer of 2015 for a daring adventure to fly solo around the world on a helium/hot-air balloon (Roziere). It will take approximately 9 months to build the envelope and capsule. The season for flying an air balloon in the Southern Hemisphere is June through August, allowing just enough time to construct the balloon and prepare for the expedition.

In early July Fedor Konyukhov, along with Vladimir Kuksov and Oscar Konyukhov, flew to Bristol, England to visit the Cameron Balloons, the world's largest balloon maker and the oldest modern balloon maker in Europe. The Cameron Balloons company was established in 1971 by Don Cameron, who was the first to cross the Alps and the Sahara by hot-air balloon, and in 1990 made the first balloon flight between the UK and what was then the USSR. Cameron has made two Atlantic crossings by balloon, one of which was the first-ever transatlantic balloon race in 1992 when he won second place. 

At Cameron Balloons Fedor met with all of the leading company specialists, including Don Cameron himself and Alan Noble who was a project manager for Steve Fossett who flew round-the-world on Spirit of Freedom.  At the meeting, both sides discussed the details of manufacturing the balloon and necessary training for Fedor. He will take a course to learn how to fly the helium/hot-air balloon (Roziere) and then must acquire a certain amount of hours of flight time. 

The envelope will have two sections, both filled with helium. During the day the air inside the balloon envelope will be heated by the sun’s radiation. At night time, the burners will be turned on to keep the vessel aloft. Utilizing the heat from the sun and the heat generated by the burners makes it possible to fly for many consecutive days without landing. To fly around the world non-stop solely on helium would require too many fuel tanks.  

According to the calculations done by the Cameron Balloons team, the amount of helium required to fly non-stop around the world is 11,000 cubic meters. Fedor will also need 28 propane fuel tanks to keep feeding the burners. Each propane gas tank will be mounted outside of the capsule. As a tank runs out of the fuel, Fedor will switch it with the full one to keep the burners going. The switching between the empty and full propane tanks will be performed at the altitude of 5-8 thousand meters, at a speed of 200-300 km/h.

The capsule will be constructed of a carbon material with a hatch and a look-out window next to a navigational section. The bottom of the capsule will have two keels in case of landing on the ocean. The majority of the flight will take place above the oceans, and it’s critical to stay afloat in case of an emergency landing in the water. The inside interior of the capsule will be similar to the cabin of Fedor’s ocean row boat Tourgoyak: navigation area, galley, and a section for sleeping. The cabin atmosphere will not be supplemented by oxygen which means Fedor is going to wear an oxygen mask once the altitude reaches 5,000 meters.

At the end of construction and before the start, the total weight of the balloon will be 8600 kg. By the end of the flight, the vessel will weigh about 3,000 kg.

As of today, the only person who was able to fly solo a helium/hot-air balloon around the world non-stop was Steve Fossett. The Spirit of Freedom was launched from Northam, West Australia on June 19th, 2002 and on July 3rd, 2002 landed in Queensland, Australia. Prior to the successful flight around the world Fossett made five solo round-the-world attempts that didn’t succeed, including the one when he was forced to land the balloon in Russia. The time on the 20,626.48-mile flight was 13 days, 8 hours, 33 min. While flying across the Indian Ocean, Fossett established a 24-hour record for speed. The Spirit of Freedom flew at the altitude of up to 10,700 meters, and up to speeds of 299 km/h.  

Fedor Konyukhov plans to start and finish his solo nonstop round-the-world flight from Australia as well. A tentative location for the start of the expedition is Northam. The route of the expedition as follows: Australia – Tasman Sea – New Zealand – Pacific Ocean – South America (Chile, Argentina) – the Atlantic Ocean – South America – the Indian Ocean – Australia.

Fedor and his team are to return to Cameron Balloons in September to do the paper work that will initiate manufacturing of the balloon and capsule. 



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15.06.2014

Fedor Konyukhov’s Trip to Chelyabinsk Region and Lake Turgoyak

Upon completing his solo rowing across the Pacific Ocean, Fedor didn’t linger in Australia for too long. He had an important event to attend back home in Russia. He was expected as an honorable and long awaited guest at the annual children’s sailing regatta “Fedor Konyukhov Optimist Cup 2014”.

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Upon completing his solo rowing across the Pacific Ocean, Fedor didn’t linger in Australia for too long. He had an important event to attend back home in Russia. He was expected as an honorable and long awaited guest at the annual children’s sailing regatta “Fedor Konyukhov Optimist Cup 2014”.

The regatta takes place on Lake Turgoyak since 2012 and gathers about 100 young racers across the country. The Optimist is a dinghy that teaches the basics of sailing. After mastering the dinghy a person could move on to more advanced sailing boats. Almost everyone in the sailing sport from the Olympics, international regattas and circumnavigations started from sailing on a dinghy. This year, the weather has graced the participants with perfect conditions and the children raced in 9 competitions (you need at least 5 to call it a championship). Fedor Konyukhov arrived just in time to watch the finals.

Fedor personally congratulated winners and participants of the championship handing out prizes and celebratory medals with diplomas. The “Fedor Konyukhov Optimist Cup” regatta has become so popular that it was decided to allow a larger number of children for the next year. At the meeting with the governor of the Chelyabinsk region, Fedor Konyukhov together with the administration of the “Golden Beach” and the sponsors of the regatta have proposed a purchase of additional 40 dinghies which would allow 40 more children to join the Cup next year. During the sailing season the fleet of dinghy could be used by many other sailing schools in the region. For the “Fedor Konyukhov Optimist Cup” however, the boats would be chartered by the administration of the regatta. Fedor and the facilitators of the sailing sport in the Chelyabinsk region are very encouraged by this deal and the hosting facilities of the “Golden Beach" will be working at full capacity next year. The “Fedor Konyukhov Optimist Cup 2015” regatta will be held during the week of June 1-6, 2015.

While Lake Turgyak is the perfect place for young sailors to learn the sport, there is one fact that can’t be overlooked. The lake is located in the Urals where the cold winter weather keeps the lake in ice for a good portion of the winter. This year the “Fedor Konyukhov Optimist Cup” regatta was supported by the international sailing center Sail First in Cyprus. Thanks to the collaboration between Sail First and Fedor Konyukhov’s School for Explorers it will become possible for the young and talented to continue practicing and developing sailing skills in the warm waters of Cyprus during the winter.

Before attending the children’s regatta at Lake Turgoyak Fedor Konyukhov spend a few days in Chelyabinsk. Arriving on June 12th, which is a national holiday called Russia Day, Fedor was greeted by the governor of Chelyabinsk region, Boris Dubrovskiy. “We are pleased to have you here on such an occasion as Russia Day. You are a legendary person,” – said Mr. Dubrovskiy. “You are famous across the world but you are loved here, in Chelyabinsk region.” 

In Chelyabinsk, Fedor Konyukhov had visited Seyho Motors, one of the main sponsors of the transpacific expedition from Chile to Australia. The company organized a meeting for the employees to meet and greet the famous explorer. At the meeting Fedor was surprised by an array of children’s arts and crafts portraying the Tourgoyak row boat.

The employees’ children were hard at work creating mini copies of the row boat out of paper, clay, and other materials. Fedor was invited to be the judge on who did the best job at representing his row boat. However, Fedor quickly saw that it would be hard to pick only one winner, and in the end, he announced that every young artist was the winner. For a prize, the children lined up to get the explorer’s autograph.

In a few months Seyho Motors will be receiving a real boat that has crossed the Pacific Ocean in just 160 days. The Tourgoyak row boat, scheduled to arrive sometime this summer, will be set up inside the Seyho Motors pavilion as a reminder to all that behind one man’s dream there are many people who are willing to help and see that the dream becomes a reality.   

   

Fedor Konyukhov’s other ocean row boat URALAZ is also located in Chelyabinsk region at the “Golden Beach” resort on Lake Turgoyak. On that boat, back in 2002, Fedor had crossed the Atlantic Ocean in just 46 days. 

It is no wonder that for Fedor, returning from the rowing expedition across the Pacific Ocean, the first order of business was to visit Chelyabinsk region of Russia where so many people have contributed to the success of his expeditions.

Translated by Tatiana Koreski



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09.06.2014

Fedor Konyukhov is back home in Moscow, Russia

On June 8th Fedor arrived at the Moscow airport in Domodedovo to be greeted by an excited crowd of his Russian friends, family, fans and supporters. The long journey from Moscow to Chile; across the Pacific Ocean on a row boat from Chile to Australia; and then flying back home from Australia to Russia has officially come to an end.

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On June 8th Fedor arrived at the Moscow airport in Domodedovo to be greeted by an excited crowd of his Russian friends, family, fans and supporters. The long journey from Moscow to Chile; across the Pacific Ocean on a row boat from Chile to Australia; and then flying back home from Australia to Russia has officially come to an end.

Fedor Konyukhov: “On November 18th, 2013 leaving Russia for Chile I didn’t know what lies ahead and what was in store for me once I start rowing the Pacific Ocean. Six months later, I am back home, here in Moscow, surrounded by my friends and family. Two long oars that I brought with me on a plane are the only reminder of my 160 days of solitude on the ocean.”

Completing the transpacific crossing from Chile to Australia on May 31st, Fedor didn’t take his time to rest and recover, but decided to get home as soon as possible. The following week was busy and eventful with packing and arranging a trip home for the Tourgoyak row boat.

On Tuesday, June 3rd, Tourgoyak was lifted from the water and placed on the trailer to be dried, cleaned and packed for a long journey home in a 40ꞌ container on a cargo ship.

Fedor took an activate role in preparing his boat for shipment and was the one to secure the keel blocks inside the container. It’s expected that the boat will arrive to England in 40 days, and then will be transferred to Russia. The final destination is a museum in the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia.

On Thursday, June 5th, Fedor visited the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Brisbane. Together with the cathedral’s dean Father Gavriil, Fedor performed a liturgy giving thanks to the Saint Nicholas. Fedor said that through his prayers to Saint Nicholas he was able to safely cross the Pacific Ocean. It’s of no surprise that his first church service after the expedition should be at the St. Nicholas cathedral. After the service, there was a meeting with the Russian population of Brisbane at the Queensland Russian Community Center.   

On Saturday, June 7th, Fedor and his support team left the hospitality of Australia and 22 hours later arrived in Moscow, Russia. After a warm welcome at the airport, Fedor went straight to the chapel of Saint Nicholas of Myra located in the center of Moscow, on Sadovnicheskaya Street. The chapel, standing just a few feet away from Fedor’s art studio, was built under his initiative to honor the memory of lost sailors and mountaineers. Upon entering the chapel Fedor said: “I give thanks to Our Lord and His Father for keeping me and my boat safe during the entire expedition. Only now, inside this chapel I feel that I am finally home.”



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