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Bhavik, first Asian to row solo across any ocean

india Updated: Dec 22, 2006 13:04 IST
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Indian sailor Bhavik Gandhi has embarked on his quest to become the first Asian to row solo across any ocean. Bhavik set off from the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain on Wednesday.

After being forced to turn back during his first attempt in April, Bhavik is expected to row across the Atlantic and reach his destination, Antigua, 3,000 nautical miles away in around 90 days.

"Only 23 have crossed the Atlantic Ocean solo There have been many failed attempts and many lives lost. It is my hope that it will inspire others to take on such personal challenges," Bhavik said.

If the Indian sailor succeeds, he will break the existing record set by Emmanuel Coindre of France. He will also be the 32nd person to ever achieve a solo Atlantic crossing in a 23 feet rowing boat.

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