“The wind is north-west. This head wind slowly and persistently is carrying me towards the Tuamotus archipelago. When I’m rowing the boat develops speed and can keep its westerly course. But as soon as I stop rowing, immediately the boat turns south. Thankfully the boat has good contours. Despite the head wind, Tourgoyak and I covered 41 miles for the last 24 hours. There are less than170 miles between me and the Takaroa and Takapoto islands. Here is what I’m thinking: if the wind continues from the north-west, I will turn around and start rowing north-east. I’ll be going backwards but away from the islands. These last 2 days were more exhausting than the previous 70 in the open ocean. I hardly sleep at all. Once every couple of hours I get ambushed by a squall in 25-30 knots. The rain is cold. The last thing I need is to get sick.
I received a message that my friend Simon Chalk and his team have 885 miles left until the finish line in Barbados. Simon is a captain of the “Toby Wallace” light-weight 8 man ocean rowing boat that left Canary Islands on February 10th. I’m impressed with this man; this is his sixth transatlantic rowing expedition. (More about the “Toby Wallace” transatlantic race is here.)
I have all 3700 miles until my finish in Australia. It could take 100 more days based on the current weather conditions. I don’t want to be pessimistic, but one thing I know for sure is that the first half of this transpacific rowing was like a song. Based on the weather map of where I am heading, the tune of my song is likely to change. 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