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Woman sets off to row across Pacific

SONYA Baumstein is travelling from Japan to San Francisco - by rowboat. She departed yesterday and hopes to finish the 9,600-kilometer journey by late September, becoming the first woman to row solo across the Pacific.

When the weather allows, she plans to row 14-16 hours a day, breaking her sleep to check her location.

Baumstein (29) has already rowed the Atlantic to the Caribbean. She said what she's most looking forward to is a spot of stargazing. "I row all night if it's good weather," said Baumstein, an athlete from Florida.