Fedor Konyukhov
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The first 24 hours

Sunday, December 15th 2013 marks the firtst 24 hour in the ocean. Fedor has called already twice to report his progress. Here are the summary of the
phone calls:
Saturday night: "From the moment I left,  spent 13 hours on the oars trying to get away from the Chilean coast. The wind was south-west, 10-15 knots making it difficult to proceed towards the west. I could only reach 1.5 knots when rowing in the headwind. As soon as I stop rowing, the boat would slow down to 1 knot and turn towards back to the coast. During the day met 5 ships advacing towards Valparaiso. I must manevour the boat so can@@apos@@t use the sea anchor. During the day couldn@@apos@@t rest for a minute".

On Sunday morning: "Survived the night. Very cold, wet, pissing rain. Slept only 15 minutes at a time. But thankful that everything is all right, and works well. The autopilot keeps the course. For the last 24 hours I covered 18 miles west and 8 miles north. My goals this week is to be get away as far as possible from the coast. Around the sunrise the wind turned in the north-east direction, the boat is drifitng in south-west (215-220 degrees). This is a good sitution for me, allowing for a little nap. I actually was able to stretch my full body laying in the cabin. The sleep was much needed. During the night, met a few local fishermen who thought it would be fun to get close to "Tourgoyak". I had to raise my voice to scare them away. All in all everything is well, with God@@apos@@s help."

Check http://yb.tl/konyukhov for "Tourgoyak" position.

Translated by Tatiana Koreski



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