3 of March 2016 Breitling.com held a press conference with Russian adventurer and balloon pilot Fedor Konyukhov celebrating Breitling being appointed as official time-keeper for the Morton Round-the-World balloon flight.
If on January 25, 2016, you happened to be in the vicinity of the small Russian city Kovrov in the Vladimir region, you would not only have been extremely cold in the mid -20 ⁰C, but would have witnessed a low flying hot air balloon. Displaying a bright white, red, and blue checkered design and the B&NBANK logo, the balloon moved slowly eastward, with a small flame from a burner shining as a beacon in the still and cold morning air.
In mid-December 2015, Fedor Konyukhov will travel to Cameron Balloons to assess yet another stage of the manufacturing the MORTON GROUP record-breaking attempt balloon and in June of 2016 Fedor Konyukhov will attempt to fly solo and non-stop around the world in a balloon.
On November 5th, 2015 Fedor Konyukhov’s ocean row boat Tourgoyak (K9) arrived to her final destination in Moscow, Russia. After a successful crossing of the South Pacific Ocean from Chile to Australia in 160 days, the boat was packed and shipped to England where it spent almost a year awaiting for a perfect opportunity and shipping company to travel home.
Fedor Konyukhov’s new book “The Power of Faith: 160 days and nights of solitude in the Pacific Ocean” is a collection of his daily journal entries that he wrote during his expedition across the Pacific Ocean on the 9 meters row boat Tourgoyak (K9).
Fedor Konyukhov’s new book “The Pacific Ocean” is the fourth in his children series. In this book the explorer talks about his solo rowing across the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, which despite its name is not easily pacified.
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”.
After almost 20 hours of standing in the gondola of the B&N Bank hot air balloon, Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyalo managed to set a new Russian record for flying an AX-9 balloon. After a day of rest, Fedor Konyukhov was back in the office sharing his experience of flying the B&N Bank hot air balloon with his copilot Ivan Menyalo.
Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyalo took off this early morning at 05:45 AM from frozen river Volga near ancient city Kostroma (350 km east of Moscow). They are trying to set new Russian duration hot air balloon record for AX-9 type.
Upon completing his solo rowing across the Pacific Ocean, Fedor didn’t linger in Australia for too long. He had an important event to attend back home in Russia. He was expected as an honorable and long awaited guest at the annual children’s sailing regatta “Fedor Konyukhov Optimist Cup 2014”.
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.