8,000 miles, at about 20 miles a day, encountering sharks who tried to ram his small boat, and almost getting run over by a tanker. The Briton, started in Peru and ended in Austrailia, set the record for fastest across the Pacific, alone and unassisted. He is an engineer and management consultant, with a wife and two daughters. Jim Shekhdar, age 54. He also rowed across the Atlantic, with a partner, in 1997 (3,000 miles.)

— spends 274 days rowing across the Pacific  

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