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Oarswoman celebrates epic voyage
Roz Savage and HMS Southampton
The race is over 2,550 nautical miles
An eight-stone, 5ft 4ins woman has survived her boat capsizing, oars breaking and faulty equipment to finish a gruelling Atlantic rowing race.

Roz Savage, 37, from London, crossed the finish line in Antigua on Monday evening after 103 days alone at sea - the only solo oarswoman to compete.

Of the 26 teams to set off from the Canary Islands in November, just 20 finished. Ms Savage came in last.

She had also not eaten any hot food since her stove broke two months ago.

The race, over 2,550 nautical miles, is considered one of the world's toughest nautical challenges.

During her epic journey the crew of a Royal Navy warship paid her a surprise Valentine visit in the middle of the ocean.

HMS Southampton paused on its return journey to its home port of Portsmouth, Hampshire, to deliver a Valentine's card.

Ms Savage will return to the UK on 20 March and three days later the Royal Navy will host a homecoming party for her in London.

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