Dutch rower resumes Pacific crossing

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22 October 2007 , SYDNEY (dpa) - A Dutchman trying to row across the Pacific Ocean is back in his boat and headed for Australia's east coast, his support crew said Monday.

22 October 2007

SYDNEY (dpa) - A Dutchman trying to row across the Pacific Ocean is back in his boat and headed for Australia's east coast, his support crew said Monday.

Ralph Tuijn set off from Peru in March but in August had to take a two-month break from his 16,000-kilometre journey on a remote Pacific island.

A storm washed the 35-year-old adventurer onto a coral reef on the island of Atafu, in the Tokelau islands, 4,000 kilometres short of his destination.

Tuijn, father of one, needed the eight weeks to recover from his injuries and make repairs to his boat. He set out again on Friday and is hoping to make landfall in Australia before the end of the year.

"He will need all his willpower over the next few days to get into a rowing rhythm again after being on the island for nearly eight weeks," a team spokesman said. "The skin on his hands and bottom will need to become calloused again."

Tuijn is hoping to become the third person to row the Pacific and, in doing so, raise money for an orphanage in India.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

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