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British adventurer becomes first to row from North America to Australia


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British adventurer becomes first to row from North America to Australia

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A British adventurer has become the first person to row solo, non-stop from North America to the Australian mainland.

John Beeden notched up 7,400 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean, after leaving San Francisco in June.

The 53-year-old rowed for up to 15 hours a day.

“About 14 and a half thousand kilometres – that’s a long way. Only ever do it once in your life,” he told Australian media.

Beeden had hoped to reach Australia by mid-November, but weather conditions blew out his estimated arrival by more than a month.

He had previously rowed the Atlantic Ocean solo, before deciding to tackle the Pacific Ocean.

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