Day 88

20 March 2014

Fedor reports via the satphone: “It’s late evening right now, according to my watch. But during the last few days it’s been hard to distinguish between day and night. The sun cannot penetrate the thick layer of dark clouds. And there is no visible horizon separating the ocean and the skies. Everything is enveloped in this massive grayness. I’ve been using the reserve accumulators since the main ones have been running dangerously low. The reserve batteries don’t run for too long either. After three months and hundreds of charging and recharging the batteries don’t work as well as they used to.


The head wind is pushing the boat towards Motu One (Bellinghausen) atoll. There is only 67 miles between us, which is about one day given the circumstances.  It might be impossible to row past the entire Society Islands and leave them at the port side. There is a chance I will have to go in between some of the islands.

The ocean is loud, stirred up; the waves are enormous. The tropical storm in the west has turned into a tropical cyclone. It’s been christened Mike. This is the tenth storm-cyclone development in the 2013-2014 season. (To learn more about cyclone Mike go here). 

If the weather reports are true, I have 24 more hours of these conditions; then it should become easier. I’m with you. Fedor.”

Fedor and Tourgoyak are approaching the New Zealand sector of the Pacific Ocean. The expedition headquarters contacted the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) in Wellington to give the coordinates of Tourgoyak. The New Zealand sector is one of the largest search and rescue areas in the Pacific Ocean, and in the world. Fedor and his boat will remain in this sector until the 163th degree of the Eastern Longitude. After that, they will enter the Australian segment of the Pacific.

The map of the Tourgoyak’s course:

The detailed map of the course:

Translated by Tatiana Koreski

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