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Seasick woman quits 1,000-day voyage

She returned to New York Friday
March 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A woman who set out with her boyfriend on a 1,000-day sailing trip has abandoned the quest about one-third of the way through. Soanya Ahmad calls it "a hard decision" because the couple had "been through so much." But she says she's been plagued by seasickness.

Ahmad and Reid Stowe left from Hoboken, New Jersey last April. Their aim was to sail around the world for 1,000 straight days without touching land, beating the record of 657 days. That was set by Australian Jon Sanders, who circumnavigated the globe three times between 1986 and 1988.

Stowe has been a professional sailor and adventurer since he was a teenager. But Ahmad had never sailed beyond the Hudson River before the around-the-world voyage.

She left their 70-foot yacht off the coast of Australia late last month, returning to New York Friday.

 

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