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Simon goes it alone


22 February 2003 

NEWTON Abbot rower Simon Chalk is to go solo in his bid to cross the Indian Ocean.

Simon was to have rowed from Kalbarri in Western Australia to Reunion Island near Madagascar with Welsh rower Robert Munslow.

He says circumstances have changed and he will now be attempting the 3,000 mile expedition alone.

Simon said: "It's just the way it's worked out.

"It's certainly different mentally. I never thought about rowing the Indian Ocean singlehanded. It's a different approach."

Simon is expecting the row to take around 64 days and is aiming to set off on Friday.

This will be the second time he will have attempted the row, last year he and rowing partner Bill Greaves had to be rescued by a passing ship after their boat capsized after hitting a whale.