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’s current project: unassisted, non-stop, solo rowing across the Pacific Ocean - Project Completed
On his birthday, December 12th, 2012 Fedor Konyukhov announced his new project to row across the Pacific Ocean from Chile to Australia. The solo expedition proposed to be a non-stop and unassisted transpacific crossing.
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.
The weather is still cloudy. The headwind, although only 5-10 knots, makes it very difficult to proceed. Such weather is not typical for these latitudes. Usually, the winds alongside of the Chilean coast are persistently south-westerly and moderate. One positive thing is that due to such headwind there are hardly any waves, only a constant swell.
Last night was pretty good and uneventful except for a sudden switch off on the autopilot. It didn’t get enough energy throughout the night and by morning it turned off. Since the start low hanging clouds and thick fog has prevented me from using the solar panel to power the batteries.
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.