Record rowing attempt
A Russian priest is in Dunedin to launch a world record rowing attempt. Fedor Konyukhov aims to become the first person to row the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn, eventually completing a 27,000-kilometre solo circumnavigation of the world in three stages. The 66-year-old chose Dunedin for his launch later this month in his 9-metre-long vessel, Akros. Each stage is expected to take about 120 days, with stage two (Cape Horn to Western Australia) running from December 2019. The final stage will be from Australia to New Zealand in 2020.