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Explorer prepares for challenge
Alye Perusa: Courtesy of National Maritime Museum Cornwall
The voyage is expected to take about 120 days.
A legendary Russian explorer is preparing to embark on a record- breaking journey from Cornwall.

Fedor Konyukhov has taken part in more than 40 expeditions and spent more than a thousand days alone at sea.

His 85ft (26m) yacht is berthed at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth as he prepares for his next challenge.

Mr Konyukhov is hoping to beat the record for the fastest single-handed non-stop round-the-world voyage in his yacht, Alye Parusa (Scarlet Sail).

Southern ocean

It is the first time a yacht of this size has made such an attempt.

Mr Konyukhov is the only man to have travelled to all the poles of the earth. He is also the only Russian to have climbed the highest peaks of seven continents.

Mr Konyukhov plans to embark on his latest challenge within the next few days.

The Alye Parusa has been moored in Falmouth for several months while work has been carried out to the yacht at Pendennis Shipyard.

The biggest challenge of the journey is expected to be the southern ocean, where the boat has not been tested.

Mr Konyukhov said: "Although I have crossed the Atlantic twice in this yacht, the winds and waves will be very different in the southern ocean."

He is expecting to finish the journey in 120 days.


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