Rower makes Cape Horn in stormy conditions

No doubt, Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov will be desperate to sit in a comfortable chair with a hot drink, after officially reaching Cape Horn in his row boat Akros late yesterday.

But the 67-year-old will have to wait a few more days for those luxuries.

He was greeted at the Diego Ramirez Islands on the southern tip of Chile by a flotilla of support vessels and a raging storm packing hurricane-force winds.

Because the winds were expected to continue pushing Akros further south towards the Antarctic, it was decided to attach a rope to the vessel with Mr Konyukhov on board, and tow it to more sheltered waters on the mainland, where he could disembark and celebrate with family, friends and media from around the globe.

The journey was expected to take another couple of days.

Mr Konyukhov's son Oscar Konyukhov, who is on board the towing vessel, Australis, said sailing through 5m-6m waves and winds up to 85kmh had given everyone a glimpse of what Fedor and his row boat had endured.

"Even now, for everyone present on the Australis, it is still simply incomprehensible what the Russian explorer must be experiencing right now and has gone through during the last five months on the Southern Pacific Ocean."

The International Ocean Rowing Society yesterday confirmed Mr Konyukhov had completed his row of the Southern Pacific Ocean from Port Chalmers, New Zealand to the Diego Ramirez Islands, Chile, in 154 days, 12 hours.

His row from Dunedin to Cape Horn is just the first of three legs in his 27,000km journey around the world in his specially-built row boat.

The second leg will begin in December 2019, from Cape Horn to Cape Leeuwin, in Western Australia, and the third will begin in December 2020, from Australia back to Dunedin.

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