Row­ing ad­ven­ture be­gins

Waikato Times - - National | News -

A Rus­sian priest has left Dunedin on a world record row­ing at­tempt. Sup­port­ers of Fe­dor Konyukhov, 66, gave him food, in­clud­ing cho­co­late, as he made last-minute prepa­ra­tions on Thurs­day. Konyukhov aims to be­come the first per­son to row the South­ern Ocean and around Cape Horn. Strong winds de­layed his de­par­ture un­til 6.30pm on Thurs­day. His jour­ney – a 27,000-kilo­me­tre solo cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the world – at­tracted in­ter­est from Rus­sian me­dia, who were at the Port Chalmers Yacht Club to see him off. Dunedin was cho­sen as the start­ing point as Konyukhov be­lieved it of­fered favourable launch con­di­tions for his 9-me­tre-long ves­sel, Akros, for the first leg of 6000 nau­ti­cal miles. Konyukhov was or­dained as an East­ern Ortho­dox priest in 2010. His lat­est quest fol­lows a world-first row from Chile to Aus­tralia in 2014.

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