21 Year Old Breaks World Record for Youngest Female to Row Solo Across Ocean


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Jasmine Harrison, 21, from Thirsk in North Yorkshire, has broken the world record by becoming the youngest female to row solo across any ocean by rowing 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Harrison, a member of @rudderlymad completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 70 days, 3 hours, 48 minutes—in the shoulder-honing process becoming the new world record holder for or the youngest female to row solo across not just the Atlantic, but any ocean.

A hundred bottles of beer on the wall: Harrison, stroking en route to the record.

After finishing, she told reporters: “It’s the best experience a young person could ever want or have. I would do it again but at the same time I would rather have other people regardless of age doing it, so if I have inspired someone out there, I’m happy.”

Harrison left the Canary Islands on Dec. 12 as one of 21 teams, ranging from four-man crews to solo rowers like her, from a number of countries. She decided to participate in the race after first seeing it in 2017, while sailing through the Caribbean islands.

Carsten Heron Olsen, CEO of event organizer Atlantic Campaigns, said: “Every year we’re amazed by the grit and determination shown by teams that take on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and this year is no different. Jasmine has shown incredible strength and endurance.” The previous youngest female solo ocean rower was Katie Spotz, 22, from the US, who rowed across the Atlantic between from Jan. 3 to March 14 2010.

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