Veteran Russian voyager Konyukhov braces for major storm, 10-meter waves

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MOSCOW, April 13. /TASS/. Russian adventurer Fyodor Konyukhov, who is currently on a solo round-the-world voyage in a rowboat, has found himself in the midst of storm in the Pacific with waves reaching ten meters and air temperatures dropping to slightly above zero degrees Celsius.

“The weather forecast shows that the storm would reach its peak between late on Friday, April 12 and early on Saturday, April 13. The waves are 8-10 meters high,” his son and expedition organizer Oscar Konyukhov has told TASS.

He said that his father “is currently coping and the boat is under control.”

Oscar Konyukhov said that air temperature in the area has dropped from eight degrees Celsius to four degrees Celsius, with occasional snowfalls brought in by winds from the Antarctic.

Fyodor Konyukhov, a prominent Russian adventurer, is continuing his round-the-world voyage in a rowboat, which he started on December 6, 2018. The expedition to circle the globe will have three stages: Dunedin, New Zealand – Cape Horn, Chile; Cape Horn – Cape Leeuwin, Australia; and Cape Leeuwin – Port Dunedin.

British boat designer Phil Morrison created Konyukhov’s AKROS vessel exclusively for the expedition. The nine-meter rowboat has watertight compartments capable of storing up food and three independent power generation systems, including solar, wind turbine and an innovative EFOY fuel cell power plant. The vessel is also equipped with two satellite phones, a satellite tracker and several communication and navigation systems.

Konyukhov, 67, has completed five globetrotting missions, crossing the Atlantic 17 times and becoming the first Russian who climbed seven highest summits in six parts of the world, and also traveled to the North and South Poles. In 2007, Konyukhov circled the Southern Hemisphere in a sailboat dubbed the ‘Scarlet Sails’ through the waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. The 102-day voyage did not involve any port calls.

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