A Solo circumnavigation of the Southern Hemisphere on the Rowboat “AKROS”
On 9 May 2019, Russian citizen Fedor Konyukhov crossed the longitude of the Chilean Diego Ramirez Islands and became the first person in history to complete a solo voyage on a row boat across the Southern Ocean, from New Zealand to the Drake Passage in the “roaring forties” and “furious fifties” latitudes.
Starting from the New Zealand port of Dunedin on 6 December 2018, Fedor Konyukhov crossed the Southern Ocean and reached the Drake Passage in 154 days, covering a distance of 11,525 kilometres or 6,400 nautical miles.
On this expedition, Fedor Konyukhov set several world records that must be verified by the Ocean Rowing Society International in England and later also presented for registration in the Guinness Book of Records. Some of the records can already be announced: he was the oldest solo rower at 67 years old, he reached the Southernmost point on a rowing boat: 56’40 southern latitude, he spent the largest number of days in the Southern Ocean – 154 days in total (the previous record of 59 days belonged to a French rower); he covered the longest distance ever rowed in the “roaring forties” and “furious fifties” latitudes – 11,525 kilometres, he is the first and only person who was able to cross the Pacific Ocean in a rowboat in both directions (from east to west and from west to east).
Fedor Konyukhov has turned a new page in the history of successful passages across the Southern Ocean.
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