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Image of Alex Bellini who won an ExWeb award in 2006 after touching the sands of Brazil thus completing the longest row across the Atlantic Ocean on record at the time. That row took 225 days. Image courtesy of Alex Bellini's website (click to enlarge).


Rete Globo, the national TV station and other local news media crowded around Alex to get a glimpse of the newly landed Italian Robinson Crusoe his golden mane, thick beard and weathered face a testimony to his lone 10,000 kilometer crossing.
It could not have been a better welcome. The citys Samba Orchestra including 80 musicians welcomed the Italian rower in true Brazilian style. Image of Alex running through the crowds along Beira Beach, Fortaleza. (Click to enlarge).
Smiles and congratulations abounded - particularly among the local street children for whom Alex, together with the Italian Womens Volleyball team has raised over 60,000 euros. All images courtesy of Alex Bellini's website (click to enlarge).

Alex Bellini crosses the Atlantic after 225 days

Posted: May 08, 2006 05:00 pm EDT

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(TheOceans.net) It could not have been a better welcome. After 225 days of ocean and solitude, Alex Bellini touched the sands of Brazil at 16:30 (local time) on Tuesday, May 2. Among the local fishing boats and resounding horns of Navy ships, the Italian rower stepped off what has been his floating home for the last seven and a half months and onto Beira Beach, Fortaleza. There to welcome him was the Governor of CearĂ , Lucio Alcantara and his wife, the Minister of Tourism and the Captain of Fortalezas Marina. After...

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