Fedor Konyukhov

Day 125. 1500 miles to Brisbane

“The last 24 hours were ideal in proceeding west. The wind and the waves were at the stern and Tourgoyak was flying. It’s a pity that such conditions will last only a couple of days. This break was very much needed. I spent an entire week rowing only 200 miles. Those seven days were grueling. And now, I’m only 30 miles away from entering the Eastern Hemisphere. Once I’m there, it will feel like I’m finally starting to come home.

It’s still dark here. I’m waiting for 22:00 Moscow time. This is my call-in time and it’s been so almost from the start of the crossing. When I started my journey 22:00 MSK was during the day, at the half-way point it was morning and now at these latitudes it’s night time.  I’m using a flash light to dial the number. Since there are no ships around, I don’t turn on the navigations lights. The only light on deck is from my electronic equipment.

During the night a small flying fish ended up on the deck. I looked at her, so pretty and small, and decided to return it back to the ocean. One flying fish isn’t enough for anything substantial. However, a few minutes later, another flying fish was dropped on my deck. This time I accepted the gesture from the ocean, and look forward to enjoying a small sashimi for breakfast.

It was a cloudy and dark night. Only once did I see a patch of clear sky with the Southern Cross constellation. 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