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Australian woman's 'Awesome' feat reaches Kannur in Kayak from Germany

Posted on Feb 03, 01:27PM | UNI

Kannur, Feb 2 : In a record breaking feat, a 45 year- old Australian woman, Sandy Robson, reached Kannur today in a Kayak from Germany, which she left in May 2011 and emulated the world record of a German man.

Talking to newpersons today at a beach home, Ms Robson, who

is a teacher and a tour guide backhome, said she reached Kannur from Neelasawarm in Kasrgod district late last evening.

She covered Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka and reached Kerala. She would continue the journey in Kayak covering Kerala coastal areas and enter Tamil Nadu. She would then sail to Sri Lanka if permitted by both
countries, she said

She said on an average, she covered 40 km each day passing the coastal areas of Arabian Sea.

Tomorrow or the day after she would reach Kapad beach in Kozhikode district, where Vasco Da Gama had landed first Kerala.

Ms Robinson said Oscar Speck had taken seven years from 1932 to 1939 to paddle 50,000 km in a Kayak from Germany to Australia. This record could be broken by 2016. She said she would work for six months in her native place as a teacher and sail in the sea for seven months.

The coastal people and some hotels had provided free food and accommodation for her in India. The only
challenge was language. The fishermen, however, gave her a rousing reception in the coastal areas and arranged shelter.

She said she had problems in Gujarat where some of her belongings were robbed, while In Kasargod district Coastal Police questioned her and let her go.