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Australian woman rows solo across Atlantic Ocean

After almost 10 weeks alone at sea, rower Michelle Lee is finally on solid ground.

On Tuesday, the 46-year-old became the first Australian woman to cross an ocean solo in a rowboat when she arrived in the Caribbean after travelling 5000 kilometres across the Atlantic Ocean.

Michelle Lee is the first Australian woman to cross an ocean solo in a rowboat.

Michelle Lee is the first Australian woman to cross an ocean solo in a rowboat.Credit:Robin Skjoldborg/Atlantic Campaigns

Lee, from Kellyville, left La Gomera in Spain's Canary Islands on December 12 and landed about midday in English Harbour in Antigua after 68 days.

After only taking up the sport two years ago, she rowed for a minimum of 10 hours a day and slept in a small cabin at the back of the boat at night.

She carried all necessary provisions with her and as a condition of the record didn't accept any assistance.

Her designated onshore contact Tony Roberts said she was in high spirits when they spoke on the phone on Tuesday afternoon.

Her emotions were of the "whole elation of being home and being safe," Mr Roberts said.

"The main thing I expressed to her is what she's just achieved, what no other Australian woman has ever done," he said.

It is the second record for Lee, who in 2017 became the fastest woman to row 1 million metres.

It wasn't all smooth sailing through the Atlantic Ocean for Lee, who suffered from a cut on her hand which wouldn't heal, diarrhoea from the dehydrated food she was eating, a broken rudder and a pipi infestation, along with loneliness and exhaustion.

Mr Roberts, who has more than 50 years of sailing experience and who has also travelled solo across the Atlantic Ocean on his boat, communicated with Lee via a satellite phone and coached her throughout the trip.

"I knew how to push her, I knew how to keep her mind active, I knew how far to challenge her so that she would get the job done before she would break down," Mr Roberts said.

Lee, who lost 14kg through the trip, had a BBQ onshore and had already drunk "a couple of rums" by the time she spoke to Mr Roberts.

AAP

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