Fyodor Konyukhov, the world famous traveller and explorer

Fyodor Konyukhov

1951 - Born on the coast of the Azov Sea
1966 - First expedition crossing the Azov Sea
1967 - Graduates, Odessa Navigation College
1968 - Graduates, Leningrad Arctic College
1987 - Expedition to the Pole of considerable inaccessibility in the Arctic Ocean
1988 - First North Pole expedition
1989 - Second North Pole expedition
1990 - Third North Pole expedition
1990 - First in Russian history solo non-stop circumnavigation on the yacht
1992 - Climbs Mountain Everest
1992 - His second circumnavigation
1995 - South Pole expedition
1998 - Third solo circumnavigation, around the world race “Around Alone”
2000 - Completes the longest dog race, 1,150 miles from Anchorage to Nome
2000 - First time in the history of Russian yachting participation in the French solo non-stop circumnavigation sailing race “Vendee Globe 2000”
2004 - Solo circumnavigation on maxi-yacht “Trading Network Alye Parusa”
2006 - Expedition in Greenland on the ice boat
The world-famous Russian traveller Fyodor Konyukhov was born and grew up on the Azov Sea. Finishing school he sailed on fishing trawlers, swam in the cool winter sea, slept on nails, made 100-kilometre runs a day, drank seawater and crossed the Azov Sea in a rowing boat. Entering a seminary in St. Petersburg Fyodor never finished his studies. One day the rector called him into his office and said, “You love life too much. Go, live with the people…” He made four circumnavigations and crossed the Atlantic fourteen times. Fyodor is the first and so far the only person in the world to have reached the five extreme Poles of the planet. His name was entered into the encyclopedia “Chronicle of Mankind”. By the age of fifty he had made more than forty unique trips and climbs expressing his vision of the world in paintings and books. As a religious man, Fyodor Konyukhov agrees that the meaning of life of an Orthodox believer is to seek God’s grace, to learn what God has in store for one and to live one’s life in keeping with God’s commandments, preparing for eternity. But when asked why risking life was so often? Fyodor says: “Because suffering is the only way you can see the Lord.”
How long does it take a modern traveller to sail round the world? How long does it take to cross the Atlantic in a row boat? How does it feel to face a storming ocean? And what new challenges can nature offer to an adventurer who has already seen it all? Fyodor Konyukhov, the world famous traveller and explorer, is on Spotlight to tell us more.