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

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

Bryce Carlson arrived at St. Mary in the Scilly Isles, off England’s southwestern tip, late Saturday (Aug. 4): 38 days, 6 hours and 49 minutes after setting out from St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The 37-year-old rowed more than 2,000 nautical miles (3,200 kilometers) in his 20-foot (6-meter) boat, Lucille. He said he had “a lot of luck along the way.”

The Ocean Rowing Society on Sunday listed Carlson’s time on its website as the fastest for a west-to-east unsupported solo row. The previous record was 53 days, 8 hours and 26 minutes.

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

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