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Australia: Russian adventurer completes record breaking solo trip across the Pacific01:09

Australia: Russian adventurer completes record breaking solo trip across the Pacific

Australia, Mooloolaba beach
May 31, 2014 at 04:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov finished his epic trip across the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, anchoring on Mooloolaba beach in Queensland. According ot the International Ocean Rowing Society, smashed the previous trip record of 273 days, held by British ocean rower Jim Shekhdar.

After 160 days alone in a custom built ocean row boat named 'Turgoyak', the Orthodox priest and artist was assessed by Australian customs before being allowed to officially step off from his boat and onto land. The 63-year-old travelled more than 9,300 nautical miles (17,000 km) since beginning his journey at the Chilean port of Concon.

Konyukhov was greeted by Russian ambassador to Australia, Vladimir Morozov, who read a note that Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote to Konyukov. In a note, Vladimir Putin thanked Konyukhov for his expedition saying that Konyukhov continued "the traditions of great Russian researchers and travellers who made a huge contribution into the global ocean studies".

During his welcome, Konyukhov was swarmed by an excited crowd of spectators and Russian supporters who had waited for hours on the rock wall and beach. Konyukhov has also rowed across the Atlantic, climbed Mount Everest twice and made several trips to the North Pole alongside many other adventures.

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Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov finished his epic trip across the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, anchoring on Mooloolaba beach in Queensland. According ot the International Ocean Rowing Society, smashed the previous trip record of 273 days, held by British ocean rower Jim Shekhdar.

After 160 days alone in a custom built ocean row boat named 'Turgoyak', the Orthodox priest and artist was assessed by Australian customs before being allowed to officially step off from his boat and onto land. The 63-year-old travelled more than 9,300 nautical miles (17,000 km) since beginning his journey at the Chilean port of Concon.

Konyukhov was greeted by Russian ambassador to Australia, Vladimir Morozov, who read a note that Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote to Konyukov. In a note, Vladimir Putin thanked Konyukhov for his expedition saying that Konyukhov continued "the traditions of great Russian researchers and travellers who made a huge contribution into the global ocean studies".

During his welcome, Konyukhov was swarmed by an excited crowd of spectators and Russian supporters who had waited for hours on the rock wall and beach. Konyukhov has also rowed across the Atlantic, climbed Mount Everest twice and made several trips to the North Pole alongside many other adventures.

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