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Men Complete Trip on Personal Watercraft

August 19, 2003

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ Inspired by a fellow countryman who crossed the North Sea in a row boat 17 years ago, two Faeroes chartered the same route from the Faeroe Islands to Denmark _ 1,033 miles _ on personal watercraft.

Atli S. Pedersen and Sveinur Hoegnason docked late Monday in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, 12 days after having left Torshavn, the main town of the 18-island archipelago located between Scotland and Iceland. Personal watercraft are high-speed, gas-powered vessels designed to be ridden by one person.

``I’m a bit sad that some people say we are weird,″ Pedersen said upon arrival. ``We knew all the time that it was risky and we took our precautions,″ said the 31-year-old owner of an advertising company on the Faeroes.

During the journey, the duo was escorted by a small vessel that carried gasoline and food. The trip was financed by local sponsors.

On Aug. 11, 1986, Ove Joensen arrived in Copenhagen 41 days after having left his hometown of Torshavn in an open rowboat.

The Faeroes, a semi-independent Danish territory, has a population of 47,000.

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