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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 April, 2004, 11:33 GMT 12:33 UK
Girl sets Channel rowing record
Brianna Stubbs
The boat will be used for an Atlantic crossing in June
A 12-year-old schoolgirl has set a record by becoming the youngest person to row across the English Channel.

Brianna Stubbs was part of a team of four made up of her father Mark, 40, Times columnist Jonathan Gornall, 48, and navigation expert John Wills, 33.

The youngster from Parkstone in Poole, Dorset, said she was "exhausted" when she arrived in Cherbourg after the crew's 24 hours at sea.

The other three members of the crew are training to cross the Atlantic in June.

Brianna Stubbs
Brianna said she was exhausted after the crossing
On board the 10-metre, carbon fibre Pink Lady, Brianna said: "It was an immense relief when we pulled into Cherbourg.

"I tried to row most of the way, but I was let off one rowing shift because I was falling asleep at the oars.

"It was definitely harder than I expected, and it was very hard to get any sleep when you were not rowing."

Her father Mark said the row was "very hard" and he was "very proud of Brianna".

He said he was now looking forward to a return journey to Poole which would be made easier by the tides.

But Brianna, who usually rows single sculls for Canford Crocodiles Rowing Club on the river Stour, will be returning on the support boat.



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