Fedor Konyukhov

Two weeks on the ocean

It’s been two weeks since I left Concon for Australia.  Tourgoyak and I have ventured 800 miles, but the Australian continent has not moved any closer. It’s hard to predict how many weeks just like the last two I’m going to have here. 

Today is a good day. The weather is cooperating: light breeze and steady waves. It is time to organize the boat and its belongings. I finally changed from my Musto water proof suit into shorts and a t-shirt. In such a long ocean marathon it’s vital not only to take care of the boat but of myself as well. It’s necessary to force myself to drink enough water and eat a hot meal at least twice a day.  The last two weeks were very stressful.  I lost some weight already and think it’s about time to start taking better care of myself.

I used the watermaker for the first time this week and got a couple bottles of fresh water. It was high time to do so because I had switched to my reserve fresh water supply and that’s not a good thing. The watermaker is made by the Schenker company.

It works off the solar panel and takes one hour to make 30 liters of water.  Of course, I don’t run it for an entire hour at a time; 15 minutes is enough. The watermaker is the heart of the boat. Without it I won’t last more than a week. Rain water is of no use here. When it rains it gets mixed with the ocean spray since the squalls are our constant companions. I also brought a manual watermaker by Katadyn Survivor 35.

This one takes one hour to make 4 liters of water. I sure hope I won’t need it, but to have a spare one on board is mandatory, in my opinion. It’s important to have a spare for each critical item such as oars, rudder, oars gate, and communication equipment. The only originals here are me and Tourgoyak. We must take care of each other.

It is time to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas. Wishing everyone a nice Christmas Eve. 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