“It’s the best experience you can hope for as a young person”: The British Jasmine Harrison (21) is the youngest woman to row alone Atlantic crossed. The North Yorkshire swimming instructor arrived in Antigua on Saturday after 70 days Caribbean as announced by the organization Atlantic Campaigns.
Harrison set out from La Gomera in the Canary Islands in mid-December on her more than 4,800 kilometer rowing trip, with which the Englishwoman collected more than 10,000 pounds (about 11,500 euros) in donations for charitable organizations.
Her experience was a mix of “good and bad memories,” but she enjoyed the chance to get away from it all, Harrison said according to the British BBC after their arrival. “There’s nothing like getting away from it all – social media, bad news, literally everything,” she said.
Two hours awake, two hours sleep
According to the BBC, the crossing was not without difficulties. Only two days before the goal, Harrison capsized once and injured her elbow. During her unaccompanied crossing, she lived according to an unusual rhythm: she slept for two hours and then stayed awake for two hours.
Although Harrison had been almost completely isolated from the outside world for the past 70 days, she was able to speak to her mother on a satellite phone every day.
When asked what she looked forward to most when she got back on land, Harrison said, “Food, definitely food,” according to the BBC.
Before Harrison, a 22-year-old American had held the record. Recently, 70 year old Frank Rothwell had made the same crossing from Oldham, England, making him the oldest rower to have crossed the Atlantic unaccompanied.