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First woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean achieves her feat with GPS navigation and a satellite communication system.

Rowing into history

Maud Fontenoy of France arrived at the Marquises island of Hiva Oa over the weekend after becoming the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. Fontenoy--also the first woman to row across the North Atlantic Ocean alone--left the Peruvian port of Callao on Jan. 12 in the "Oceor," a 24.6-foot cedar-framed, fiberglass and kevlar rowboat equipped with foodstores, GPS navigation and a satellite communication system. She rowed nearly 4,970 miles, completing her 73-day journey a month earlier than expected.

Credit: Tahiti Presse/MAXPPP

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