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French Woman Rows Across Atlantic

January 5, 2000

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (AP) _ Peggy Bouchet ono Wednesday became the first French woman to row across the Atlantic alone, arriving at the Caribbean island of Martinique after 48 days at sea.

``It is a great joy and a great relief,″ the 26-year-old Bouchet said when she arrived.

The first woman to make the solo rowing journey was American Tori Murden, who finished the trip on Dec. 3 after 81 days.

On Wednesday, 55-year-old Diana Hoff of Scotland became the oldest person to row an ocean alone.

Bouchet had come within 100 miles of becoming the first woman in the world to finish last year when her boat capsized. She had to be rescued off the coast of neighboring Guadeloupe.

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