Female rowers' record Atlantic crossing


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The Independent Online

Five female rowers have broken a world record after crossing the Atlantic Ocean in just 45 days.

The group, called Row for Freedom, completed the fastest crossing by an all-female team after setting off from the Canary Islands in December.

Julia Immonen, Debbie Beadle, Kate Richardson, Katie Pattison-Hart and Helen Leigh arrived in Barbados yesterday where they were greeted by family and friends. Ms Beadle, the skipper, said: "We're exhausted and relieved. We've seen nothing but the sea, dolphins and each other for 45 days."