A 53-year-old British adventurer arrived in Cairns, Australia Sunday aboard a 20-foot vessel he rowed more than 7,000 nautical miles from San Francisco.
John Beeden set sail in June, aiming to become the first person to sail alone and unassisted from North America to Australia. The journey was supposed to take between 140 and 180 days, according to a website tracking his trip, but it dragged on for 209 days.
"When I set off from San Francisco I didn’t realize how difficult this was going to be," he said. "I've peered right over the edge a number of times and didn’t think I could go on and had to dig deep."