British rower Andrew Brown on Sunday established a new world record for crossing the Atlantic alone, traveling 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Barbados in 40 days and 9 hours. Brown, 26, bettered Emmanuel Coindre's 2004 solo record by two full days. His attempt was nearly derailed by cloudy skies that kept his solar-powered water filter from functioning, forcing him to ration water. Brown finished only 30 minutes behind a two-man boat that won the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Nine teams of 17 teams completed the crossing.
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