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U.S. teacher rows solo from Newfoundland across Atlantic in record time

In this Saturday photo provided by Bryce Carlson Adventures, Bryce Carlson poses for a photo after completing his solo unsupported row across the Atlantic, at St Mary's Harbour, Isle of Scilly, England.
In this Saturday photo provided by Bryce Carlson Adventures, Bryce Carlson poses for a photo after completing his solo unsupported row across the Atlantic, at St Mary's Harbour, Isle of Scilly, England. - Associated Press

A high school science teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio, has rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean, setting a record for a west-to-east crossing.

Bryce Carlson arrived at St. Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly, off England’s southwestern tip, late Saturday - 38 days, six hours and 49 minutes after setting out from St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The 37-year-old athlete was applauded by relatives and well-wishers as he stepped onto the quay at St. Mary’s Harbour after rowing more than 3,200 kilometres in his six-metre boat, Lucille.

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Carlson capsized several times and endured high waves and the remnants of a hurricane during his journey.

“I feel like I had a lot of luck along the way, and a lot of help,” Carlson said. “Help from my friends, my family, the community — from some higher power, I don’t know.”

The Ocean Rowing Society listed Carlson’s time on its website Sunday as the fastest for a west-to-east unsupported solo row. The previous record was 53 days, eight hours and 26 minutes.

Carlson also is the first American to complete the feat, according to the society.

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