Russian Rower To Attempt Pacific Ocean Crossing

Photo Courtesy Fedor Konyukhov

Russian explorer Fedor Konyukhov has an impressive resume in terms of his adventurous accomplishments. Not only has he visited both the North and South Pole, he has also climbed the Seven Summits, twice going to the top of Everest. But next month he will undertake what may be the most difficult challenge of his illustrious career. Konyukhov has announced his intentions to row solo and nonstop across the Pacific Ocean, covering some 8000 nautical miles in the process. 

Fedor will launch his ambitious adventure from the town of  Valparaise in Chile in December. He’ll then navigate through the islands off the coast of South America before making his way out into the open ocean. His intended destination is Brisbane, Australia, where he’ll pass over the Great Barrier Reef on his way to the finish line. If all goes as planned, he hopes to complete the crossing in just 200 days, averaging an impressive 40 nautical miles per day.

Any attempt to row across an ocean is always fraught with dangers and unexpected challenges. In this case, Konyukhov will be completely alone as he rows across thousands of miles of open ocean without possibility of resupply. He’ll also be so far from land that if an emergency should arise, rescue will be very difficult, if not impossible. To make matters worse, he’ll also be rowing during a time of the year when powerful storms can develop in the South Pacific, hindering progress and threatening to capsize the boat that he’ll be using on the voyage.

Spending more than six months out on the ocean alone will be a challenge in and of itself. In order to make Fedor more comfortable, his boat will be equipped with desalinization systems to provide clean drinking water and it will be stocked with plenty of food for weeks at sea. It’ll also have satellite communications systems, solar panels for generating power, GPS navigation and a variety of other equipment designed to keep him safe while out on the water. A small, but comfortable cabin will provide refuge from the elements and a place to sleep at the end of a long day working the oars.

Fedor will launch his attempt to row the Pacific in just a few weeks time. Once underway, he’ll be completely at the mercy of the ocean with nothing but his tiny boat to keep him safe. It will be interesting to see if he can complete the crossing in the time that he has estimated. This will certainly be one of the toughest endeavors that the Russian has ever attempted.