Fyodor Koniujov, a 70-year-old Russian adventurer, will cross the Pacific on a solar-powered catamaran.
Fyodor Koniujov will travel more than 16,500 kilometers from Valparaiso to the Australian port of Brisbane in five months from December.
In total, the adventurer will have to travel more than 16,500 kilometers.
For the crossing, Fyodor Koniujov will use an 11-meter NOVA catamaran, which does not pollute the environment,
“I’m going to cross the Atlantic in December, from Chile to Australia on a solar powered catamaran,” says Konyukhov.
Throughout his journey, Fyodor Koniujov promises to keep a video diary and monitor the ecological situation of the ocean for the presence of plastic debris.
The catamaran is equipped with a special installation and replaceable filters that will allow tracking of microplastics up to 1.5 millimeters. The collected samples will then be examined later, by the Russian Academy of Sciences.
After completing Fyodor Koniujov that itinerary, he plans to go around the world twice in a balloon, without landing, and then, already in November 2022, he intends to cover in 180 days and in a rowboat the distance between Cape Horn, the southern end of the American continent, and Australia.
“As early as November, I want to sail the route from Cape Horn to Australia in a rowboat in 180 days,” says Konyukhov.
It is impossible to supply enough fresh water for a five-month voyage, so a solar-powered seawater desalination plant will be installed on board.
Fyodor Koniujov’s diet consists of various types of freeze-dried, light and high-calorie foods, proven on many expeditions.
The NOVA catamaran is an ocean-class double-hulled boat measuring 11 meters in length and 7 meters in beam, capable of reaching speeds of up to 5-7 knots. The power plant of this unique vessel is completely electric and does not pollute the ocean or the atmosphere. The boat can withstand storms up to 8 points, providing an almost unlimited sailing area.
Upon completion of the ocean expedition, the catamaran will undergo maintenance in England and will be delivered to Russia to continue research work in the waters of the Russian seas. This catamaran is even capable of crossing the Arctic Ocean in summer along the Northern Sea Route.
The construction cost of the NOVA catamaran is about $ 500,000.