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Rimas Meleshyus Kon-Tikis his way through the South Pacific
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 14, 2017 12:01AM

Astoria’s wayward sailor, 60-something Russian immigrant Rimas Meleshyus, left Hilo, Hawaii, on his oft-attempted around-the-world sail about a month ago. Much more adept at coasting on the currents, Kon-Tiki raft style (, than at actual sailing, he bypassed Kiribati, making his many Facebook followers wonder where he’s headed.

The plan is finally revealed: He’s aiming for Samoa. How he’ll manage to land there remains to be seen, as getting into port isn’t his strong suit, but you can’t knock his enthusiasm: “I want to continue sailing around the world until 100 years,” he posted via satellite on Facebook. “I extremely like it to be on the open ocean.”


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