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Fedor Konyukhov postponed the trip on the catamaran from December to March next year, it was also decided to change the route of the expedition, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the headquarters for preparing the expedition.
“ The pandemic has adjusted the plans of the legendary traveler. The start of the world's first solo sailing across the oceans on the solar-powered NOVA catamaran is being transferred from South America to Europe and postponed until March 2022 … At the end of 2020 and the entire first half of 2021, the shipyard could not fully operate due to lockdowns. '' , & ndash; said in the message.
Due to the closure of the borders, the traveler could not regularly visit the shipyard, while his presence is necessary & ndash; many issues related to the design and construction of a catamaran cannot be resolved remotely, the headquarters explained. They added that in December-January the catamaran may be launched and sea trials will begin.
Earlier it was planned that in December Konyukhov will sail from the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, cross the Pacific Ocean, overcome 9000 nautical miles (over 16 & nbsp; 500 kilometers) in autonomous navigation mode, and finish in Australian Brisbane. Due to restrictions, it was decided to reverse the stages of the ocean crossing. In March, Konyukhov's journey across the Atlantic starts, from East to West. It is planned to finish on the islands of Antigua and Barbuda. The launch site will be determined in March, taking into account the current epidemiological situation and local restrictions.
It is also reported that in addition to Konyukhov, a team should arrive at the start and finish points, which will first prepare the catamaran for the transition, and after the end of the voyage dismantle it for transportation to England, where the watercraft will be serviced.
Earlier it became known about Konyukhov's plans to look for microplastics in the Arctic Ocean.
AiF.ru also answered the question of how the traveler's wife relates to his constant absence, because he is almost never at home.