She’s 21 and just became the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean

Briton Jasmine Harrison, 21, has become the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean after completing a 3,000-mile (4,800-kilometer) journey from Spain to Antigua, according to organizer Atlantic Campaigns.

Harrison completed the 2020 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on Saturday in 70 days, 3 hours and 48 minutes — a new world record for the youngest female to row solo across any ocean, Atlantic Campaigns said.

Along the way, she had a “near collision with a drilling ship, two capsizes, lots of peanut butter and Nutella consumed,” Harrison said on Twitter.

Harrison, from the landlocked town of Thirsk in North Yorkshire, England, wrote on her website that she was inspired to take part in the challenge when she saw the 2018 race finish while teaching swimming in the Caribbean.

“It wasn’t just watching and holding the flares at Nelson’s Dockyard for a race finish that inspired me, it was also talking to a family member of a lad that had just completed who told me just how much of an amazing thing it was. I didn’t say ‘not a chance I would do that,’ it was more a fact of why not do it?” she wrote.

She says she hopes “to bring inspiration to young people that it is okay to go at things alone,” according to her Facebook page.

Features

The Offbeat: Going Viral

The gross national creativity is certainly going viral.  Some examples: Let’s face it.  If Hollywood ever makes the Andrew Cuomo story, Al Pacino has to play the lead, and he won’t even need makeup. I plan to become rich just as soon as I figure out how to make hand sanitizer from crude oil. How…

The Offbeat: Do It Yourself… Later On, by Jim Bohannon

I GUESS I MADE MY LAST VISIT TO WALMART THIS MORNING.  I WALKED IN AND SAW WHAT I’VE SEEN A NUMBER OF PLACES BEFORE, AND IT DID NOT PLEASE ME.  THERE WERE SEVERAL NEW…CHECK OUT YOUR GROCERIES YOURSELF..LOCATIONS…REPLACING FULL SERVICE LANES…AND NATURALLY…THE CHECK OUT YOURSELF SPOTS WERE ALMOST EMPTY, WHILE CHECKOUT FULL-SERVICE STYLE TOOK 20…

The Offbeat: TAX DAY, by Jim Bohannon

WELL, THAT DAY HAS COME AGAIN..,,ALBEIT, A BIT LATER THAN USUAL THIS YEAR: TAX DAY…THE DAY WE…RENDER UNTO CAESAR. I’VE ALWAYS LIKED THAT TERM…BOTH BECAUSE OF THE DEFINITION OF RENDER, AS IN, RIP TO PIECES…AND CAESAR…BUT ONLY IF YOU SPELL IT…S-E-I-Z-E..APOSTROPHE-E-R. NONE OF US LIKES TO PAY TAXES, ALTHOUGH, OBVIOUSLY, SOME TAXES MUST BE PAID…FOR…