Last week Fedor Konyukhov arrived in the City of Mooloolaba, Australia where almost a year ago he finished his transpacific row on the city’s public beach. Fedor Konyukhov was invited by the city council to attend the opening ceremony of a commemorative plinth dedicated to his 2014 solo trip from Chile to Australia on the 9 meter long ocean rowboat “Tourgoyak”.
On June 8th Fedor arrived at the Moscow airport in Domodedovo to be greeted by an excited crowd of his Russian friends, family, fans and supporters. The long journey from Moscow to Chile; across the Pacific Ocean on a row boat from Chile to Australia; and then flying back home from Australia to Russia has officially come to an end.
On December 1st, 2013 the Tourgoyak boat was released into the waters of the Pacific Ocean at the Chilean yacht-club Higuerillas (Concon, Valparaiso region). Today, May 3rd, 2014 it was lifted from the water and put on keel blocks at the Australian yacht-club of Mooloolaba.
Fedor Konyukhov is returning to Chile. After 4 days of launching Tourgoyak on a trans-pacific rowing expedition, Fedor has been forced to turn the boat back.
And so it begins. On Saturday morning at 6:45 am, December 14th Fedor Konyukhov left the yacht club Higuerillas on his 9 meters row boat “Tourgoyak”. Once out of the yacht-club and in the ocean he headed in the north-west direction.
The last minute preparations are happening non–stop while at the same time Fedor is meeting with the visitors of the Russian population in Chile. One of the guest is the Russian consul to Chile Michail Orlovetz who brought written greetings to Fedor from the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. Mr. Putin also is a chairman for the Geographical Society of Russia.
On Friday, we said our good-byes to friend and manager Simon Chalk. His involvement in the “Tourgoyak” project has been instrumental. As an experienced ocean rower, Simon took great care of our boat from the moment when she was just an idea. He was the one to put us in contact with the right shipyard and the people who designed and build the boat.
It’s been two weeks since “Tourgoyak” arrived in Chile. After going through custom services, moving the boat from Valparaiso to Concon, and covering the hull with six layers of anti-fouling paint, Fedor Konyukhov was finally able to test the boat in the waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The Chilean Maritime Authority (DIRECTEMAR) and Fedor Konyukhov’s team arranged a meeting in Valparaiso, Chile, on November 29, 2013. The purpose of the meeting was to highlight scope and challenges of Search and Rescue in covering 3,100 miles of the Pacific Ocean that spreads from the Chilean coast all the way to 131° Western longitude. Konyukhov’s team was presented with the information and photos of the rescue ships and motor boats.