If his students ask what he did on his summer vacation, Bryce Carlson will have quite the story.
Carlson, 37, is a high school science teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio. In late June, he set off on his own from St. John's, Newfoundland, in his 20-foot boat, Lucille, and on Saturday — 38 days, 6 hours, and 49 minutes later — he arrived at St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly. Carlson rowed more than 2,000 miles from Canada to England, and the Ocean Rowing Society says he set a record for a solo west-to-east crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, smashing the previous record of 53 days, 8 hours, and 26 minutes.
Not only that, but he also is the first American to complete the journey, the Ocean Rowing Society said. It wasn't easy — Carlson's boat capsized multiple times, and he faced high waves and the tail end of a hurricane — but he told The Associated Press he feels like he had "a lot of luck along the way, and a lot of help. Help from my friends, my family, the community — from some higher power, I don't know." Catherine Garcia