John Beeden completes non-stop solo row across the Pacific

December 28, 2015 | Environment
John Beeden: the first to complete a non-stop solo row across the Pacific | Photo:

Terra Firma. John Beeden has successfully completed the 6,100-nautical mile (11,297 kilometers) non-stop solo row across the Pacific between the United States and Australia.

After 209 days at sea, the British rower can finally rest.

John Beeden, 53, kicked off his journey in San Francisco on June 1, 2015, and concluded the intense sailing marathon in Cairns on December 27.

"To be the first person to achieve something on this scale is incredible. I haven't processed it yet. I thought I was going to be here mid-October, and it was going to be hard work, but just like the Atlantic – it wasn't going to try to kill me, but it tried a few times," explained Beeden.

"It's been difficult the whole way but, in fairness, that was what I was looking for. I just didn't realize it was going to be so difficult. I did the Atlantic three years ago, and although it was hard work, I found the actual process of doing the 53 days relatively easy, in a sense. It was just hard work. So, I went looking for something more difficult to push me to the edge."

John Beeden, who is originally from Sheffield but lives in Canada, rowed for an average of 15 hours a day on his "Socks II," a boat designed by Naval Architect Phil Morrison.

"Socks II" is a 19-foot watercraft constructed of closed-cell foam sandwiched on the outside by kevlar and on the inside by fiberglass.

It is equipped with electronics, navigation, and communication equipment and weighs approximately 2500 pounds (1133 kilograms).

Beeden had already crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 2012.