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John Beeden Rows Non-Stop From US to Australia – a First

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John Beeden on Sunday became the first person to row solo non-stop from North America to mainland Australia, crossing the Pacific Ocean in 209 days.

Beeden, 53, completed the 7,400 nautical miles from San Francisco to Cairns, in far north Queensland, at 10 a.m. local time, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp. The adventurer had previously rowed across the Atlantic Ocean all by himself.

"To be the first person to achieve something like this on this scale is incredible really," said Beeden. "[I had thought] it was going to be hard work just like the Atlantic – it wasn't going to try and kill me – but [the Pacific] tried a few times."

Peter Bird rowed from San Francisco to Australia in 1983, and came within reach of the Great Barrier Reef before he was rescued by the Australian Navy, said BBC News. Bird was at sea for 294 days.

John Fairfax and Sylvia Cook crossed the Pacific Ocean in 1971-72, rowing from San Francisco to Australia's Hayman Island. Other crossings were done in stages while others left from South America rather than North America.

"He's an amazing guy, he's different than a lot of other people …" said Cheryl Beeden, the rower's wife. "(I) always knew he could do it. It just took a lot longer than we expected and just glad that he's home and safe."

"I kind of think it's like childbirth because he says he's not going to get in another boat for a while – but I am sure in a couple of weeks he'll be having some other adventure, and I will have to restrain him a little bit."

John Beeden told ABC the trip across the Pacific Ocean was harder than Atlantic.

"I did the Atlantic three years ago and although it was hard work I found the actual process of doing the 53 days relatively easy in a sense – it was just hard work," said Beeden. "So I went looking for something more difficult to push me (to) the edge. When I set off from San Francisco, I didn't realize how difficult this was going to be. I've peered right over the edge a number of times and didn't think I could go on and had to dig deep."


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