A native of Zaporozhye region Atmana Fedor Konyukhov became the first man in history, who rowed overcame the South Pacific ocean. His boat crossed the finish line first of three stages of the world tour that grooms started in December last year. On 11 may, the traveler should reach Cape horn. This is a very dangerous place, and this is the final danger on a very long way.
154 days, 13 hours and 37 minutes. One-on-one with the elements. So much time lasted the Odyssey Fedor Konyukhov. Behind 11 thousand kilometers. This is an absolute record. Previously, nobody has been able to pass the South Pacific and around Cape horn in a rowing boat. On the eve of the grooms crossed the finish line conditional – 68 degrees 68 minutes West longitude.
“Yesterday at 21 Moscow time, the ocean rowing Society has officially given the go-ahead that all Cape horn overcome. Fedor has done its work, fully executed,” – said the head of the Expedition Fyodor Konyukhov staff Sergey Sergeev.
Last run before the finish line. The video was shot by a Chilean coast guard. The historic record remains a matter of hours.
“I have no problems. I see your plane. I’ll be at Cape horn tomorrow,” – said Fyodor Konyukhov.
“In this case, we will provide You with niceplace welcome in these cold waters, on the edge of the lights. To this day, only a few explorers have ventured to come here, the most brave and courageous. And we know that on 9 may, Victory Day special for You and Your countrymen. On behalf of our country I wish You to successfully finish the journey and return home unharmed,” said the Manager.
In the path of the boat Konyukhov has repeatedly covered 12 ball storm. And at the end of the route fate has prepared traveler test. Off Cape horn storms raging 300 days a year. It is a place the sailors called the “Mouth of the devil.” Even the satellite image conveys a sense of mortal danger. The arrows indicate the direction of the wind. Its speed is more than 23 meters per second. Wave height of six meters hit in the side of a light boat like a giant forging hammer. The son of a sailor Oscar Konyukhov went out to meet his father on the boat. Friends and relatives stayed up all night, with a sinking heart waited for news. And today – saving message on the Internet.
Oscar Konyukhov: “We have launched an inflatable boat and a rope, went to Fedora, took it and returned to the yacht Australis. Fedor on Board. Boat “Akros” we are astern 100 meter tow the end. It was difficult, but we managed. Weather conditions are very severe, a headwind of 45 knots.”
Now, when the danger behind, finally have time to breathe. And heal. Although Fedor is wearing such a grueling campaign could not affect the health.
Irina Konyukhova: “We think it is scurvy, beriberi, of course, very much thinner, of course, in this swimming is the exhaustion, but you know, in General it is a satisfactory feeling well, and yesterday and today we talked to him on the phone, it is a rather cheerful voice.”
As soon as you allow health, Fyodor Konyukhov intends to continue the circumnavigation. Its second phase will run from Cape horn to Australia.