Fedor Konyukhov

2000 miles to Brisbane

Fedor via the Iridium satellite phone: “Tourgoyak and I covered 50 miles in the last 24 hours. The wind is weak, but the waves are great. The waves are from the north-east, only 1.5 meters tall and they help me to stay on course. My computer shows that there are 2000 miles left before Brisbane. This distance is comprehensible. Tourgoyak and I have already done three times this distance since we left Chile in December. I’ve caught a small tuna fish, about 35-40 cm. It’s the perfect size for me. Of course there is no refrigeration on board, so you either cook the fish right away or dry it in the sun. I made a pot of fish soup and left a few piece hanging to dry. I doubt that it will dry properly since the air here is so damp.  Well, while I was busy cooking my dinner, I heard the reel spool again. It works well now; last week I took it apart to clean off the rust and oil it. Either the fish was too large or I was too slow to grab the pole, but my next catch got away. I haven’t had any luck with fishing for months and now I had potentially two fish in just 20 minutes. This fishing business might turn into my favor after all, so I decided to save the line and put the pole away for today. 

Last night I saw the moon. It’s a big deal for me, I haven’t seen it for almost a month. The moon made the night sky look so beautiful, and for some reason, her reflection in the water made the ocean look less hostile. 

Tourgoyak and I crossed the 170° of the West Longitude. There is only 10 more degrees or 600 miles and I will enter the Eastern Hemisphere. Looking back, I spent 14 days rowing the distance between the 160th and 170th degrees. I’m hoping I can keep up the same tempo rowing towards the 180th Meridian. I’m with you. Fedor.”

The map of the Tourgoyak's course: http://yb.tl/konyukhov2

The detailed map of the course: www.oceanrowing.com/Konyukhov/Pacific2013/dist_map.htm

Translated by Tatiana Koreski