Fedor Konyukhov
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Day 86

Fedor via the satphone: “Tourgoyak pulled through another challenge of heavy ocean weather. With every storm I learn more and more about the boat’s capabilities. Each time I’m pleased to know that she’s got what it takes to withstand the storms, high seas, and strong winds. The last 24 hours are a great testimony to that. The wind and the waves were beating hard, but Tourgoyak would stay the course and emerge from each wave unscarred. The waves were high, more than 3 meters tall for sure. I see on the weather plotter that the storm is moving south. I can also see some sun peeking through the clouds. 

Today I rowed in the traverse of Bora Bora and Uturoa. I’m fairly certain that even if the wind starts to blow from the north, I would be able to leave these islands at the port side. Of course, there are a couple of small atolls along the way, but I will be fine rowing past them should challenging circumstances arise. Today I will try to tidy up the boat and reorganize my stuff. I’ve need to dry some of the clothes and even wash them in collected rain water. I also need to check every hatch for signs of leakage. The tiller can use some inspection as well. Even though Tourgoyak is a small row boat, it will take me a good portion of the day to inspect her from the bow to the stern. 

The numbers are mind boggling: I have covered 5000 nautical miles (or 9000 km) since the start in Chile. That’s roughly the distance across Russia (from Moscow to Vladivostok). Even looking at a hard copy of the Pacific Ocean map it’s hard to ponder that I’ve left 9000 km behind. There is no room to relax, though. I still have more than 5000 nautical miles ahead and dozens of islands along the way. I’m with you, Fedor.”

Weather forecast near Fedor's boat:

 

Tuesday 3/18

 

Morning

Very windy with large choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Moderate long period swell.

Seas: NW 3 to 4 meters at 16 seconds.

Winds: NE 20 to 27 knots.

 

Afternoon

Windy conditions with choppy seas. Small craft advisory. Large long period swell.

Seas: WNW 3.1 to 4 meters at 16 seconds.

Winds: NNE 15 to 21 knots.

 

Wednesday 3/19

 

Morning

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Moderate long period swell.

Seas: WSW 2.9 to 3.7 meters at 14 seconds.

Winds: NNE 11 to 14 knots.

 

Afternoon

Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas. Moderate long period swell.

Seas: W 2.7 to 3.5 meters at 14 seconds.

Winds: NNE 10 to 14 knots

 

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



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