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News of the Weird

By Chuck Shepherd

POSTED: Monday, March 31, 2003

British boatman Andrew Halsey, 45, set off from Peru last Nov. 28 with 260 days' food, intending to row solo across the Pacific Ocean to Australia (about 8,000 miles). According to a BBC progress report on Feb. 8, after 72 days of fighting winds and currents and rowing probably 2,300 miles out, back and in circles, he was still 8,000 miles away. (A March 7 update in a British weekly reported that he had closed to within 7,600 miles of Melbourne.)