Fedor via the Iridium satellite phone: “Yesterday, at twilight, I finally crossed the 180th Meridian and entered the Eastern Hemisphere. It also means that Tourgoyak and I are crossing the Fiji Sea right now. I’m not used to seeing the coordinates with the eastern longitude and especially the countdown of the longitudinal degrees (e.g. 179-178-177, etc.). I had a couple of productive days, and now there are 1400 miles until Brisbane.
Today I decided to implement a new meal routine. From now on, I can afford to eat a hot meal three times a day. I had a vow of being very conservative with the food and propane for cooking until I reach the 180th Meridian. This extra meal will be very much appreciated for the weather is getting colder and my body requires more calories. Before the start, we packed enough food for 200 days. Today is my 126th day on the ocean and since there are 1400 miles left to go, I can finally indulge in that extra hot meal. The wind is from the north which means I’ll be descending south towards New Zealand. Then in a day, the wind will come from the south and I will be nudged up north. While it’s a hard work to balance between the changing winds, I’m glad it’s not a head wind.
I don’t have any approximate dates of my arrival in Australia. Everything is in God’s hands, and I don’t even want to speculate right now about when I’ll be able to finish this crossing. Based on my experience, the last leg of any journey is the hardest one. To climb Mt. Everest was extremely difficult, but to come down was even harder. Same goes for this particular journey. To row across the Pacific Ocean has been very challenging, but to approach the coast on a solo row boat, at the end of the fall season, after 9000 miles at sea will prove to be extremely difficult and dangerous. My daily prayers go out to Our Lord and to St. Nicolas; they’ve been watching over me and I hope they’ll help me to the end. 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