Fedor Konyukhov

Day 111

Fedor via the Iridium satellite phone: “The wind is tolerable, easterly, 10 knots. However, it switches at times and becomes northerly or southerly. The sun continues to hide and so does the moon. I know that it’s almost full moon, but I haven’t seen it since it was a mere crescent. The seas are from the south-east. As soon as I stop rowing the boat it’s being nudged back north. It’s not critical right now; nevertheless, I can’t relax for too long between my shifts.

I took an inventory of my food provision, and it looks like I’m going to be all right. There is enough food for three more months. It’s good that we packed extra for nowadays I’m always hungry and eat constantly. There are two brands of food: one from England, the other from Norway. If in the beginning I allowed myself to have a favorite brand, right now it’s completely irrelevant which brand tastes better. There is only one standard now- the bigger the portion the better.

Palm  Sunday was spent in prayer and working the oars as usual. I must keep on rowing and keep the course westward. The storms, stills, head winds and waves: or, a tail wind and a clear blue sky are out of my control. I can only face them and adapt to them as they come, one day at a time. There is a cyclone beating the coasts of Australia. Suppose, it decides to turn east at some point and head over my way. There is nothing I would be able to do, but pray that the Lord spares me once again. Alone, on the ocean, in a small boat, every part of my body, mind and soul feels that everything is completely in the hands of the Lord.  And my job is to reach out to Him constantly and keep on working daily towards the finish line.”

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