Collingwood father-daughter rowing team cross the Atlantic
John Beeden and his 20-year-old daughter, Libby, are nearly halfway through their 5,650-kilometre voyage from Portimao, Portugal to Antigua. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Nick Bowring MANDATORY CREDIT
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, March 1, 2019 11:49AM EST
A Collingwood father-daughter rowing team has arrived on solid land in Antigua after spending three months crossing the Atlantic.
John and Libby Beeden, who are 56 and 20 respectively, rowed their small boat from Portugal to the Caribbean island over the course of 91 days.
The elder Beeden, who is from the U.K. but now lives in Collingwood says the last few weeks of the journey were particularly harrowing, with unco-operative tides and strong winds holding them back.
John Beeden was already an experienced rower when the pair set out on the voyage; his daughter, not so much.
Libby Beeden says she was terrified at times -- like when the waves were six meters high and crashing into their boat.
The duo say that at this point, they don't have any other rowing trips planned because they need some time to decompress.