January 25, 2016 11:34 am
Updated: January 25, 2016 11:48 am

All-female rowing team rows over 15,000 kilometres from San Francisco to Australia

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A group of female British rowers arrived in Far North Queensland on Monday after rowing all the way from San Francisco, local media reported.

The Coxless Crew, made up of Meg Dyos, 25, Emma Mitchell, 30, Natalia Cohen, 40 and Laura Penhaul, 32, began the row in April 2015, and spent 235 days at sea.

“It is just amazing to see [our family] and I’m sure even more amazing for them to know that we’re here and we’re not going back on that boat,” Cohen told the Associated Press. 

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The journey was 15,640 kilometres (9,718 miles).

“Like, touching distance from the boat, we’ve had sharks circling, we had a couple of sharks that followed us for a few weeks,” Mitchell said upon the team’s arrival in Australia.

Local media reported that they rowed 24 hours a day in two-hour shifts, stopping only in Honolulu in Hawaii and Apia in Samoa for up to a week at a time to re-stock before setting off again.

“I just hope she never, ever does something like this again,” Babs Penhaul, the mother of rower Laura Penhaul, joked with reporters once her daughter was back on dry land.

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