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A BRITISH oarsman battling to row the Indian Ocean said yesterday he would have to start thinking about rationing food after only nine days at sea.

Simon Chalk, a property developer, has been battling to get clear of Australia on his 3,210 nautical mile marathon to Reunion Island with food for 100 days on board.

Since setting off from Kalbarri, Western Australia, the 30-year-old from Newton Abbot, Devon, has paddled a total of 153 nautical miles.

Yesterday, he said he did not know whether his would-be record 64-day target for the trip was now a realistic one.

He said he was feeling the effects of a northern cyclone, which was blowing him back towards the coast.

But he hoped that once the trade winds were in his favour he could be making up to 70 nautical miles a day.

Simon is also bidding to become the first Briton to row the ocean, and the youngest person to do so.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2003
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